Wayne County Family Center wins hallway makeover

by Barbara Lewis 3. August 2011 11:26

The Wayne County Family Center in Westland has been chosen to participate in a program called Color Care Across America, designed to brighten the lives of the homeless. The program, a collaboration of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Benjamin Moore Paints, and the Paint and Decorating Contractors of America, will transform 51 shelters in 50 days. Using paint from Benjamin Moore, volunteer painting contractors will paint up to 10,000 square feet at the centers – one each in every state and Washington, D.C. – between September 19 and Thanksgiving. They’ll also leave enough paint for the centers themselves to freshen up other areas. At Wayne County Family Center, volunteers will paint the hallways, continuing a year-long redecorating project that has updated the look of the family rooms and common areas. Westland’s mayor, William Wild, nominated the center for the program. “We were very pleased when Mayor Wild’s office contacted us and asked if we wanted to apply,” said Carol Eddy, center director. “This was in early spring, and I had actually forgotten about it, so I was thrilled to receive notification that we had been selected as the only shelter in Michigan for this program.”

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Adoption Day at the West Michigan Whitecaps game Sunday, Aug. 21

by John Elmore 26. July 2011 15:00

Friday afternoon, July 29, 2011, 3-5 p.m., near Celebration! Cinema upstairs at Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan, look for the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan table.

During the fun premiere party for the new movie “The Smurfs,” we’ll be selling tickets for the Adoption Day home game of the Detroit Tigers A baseball affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps, 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21. Kids ages 2 and under get into the ballpark for free. Buy a $9.50 reserved seat ball game ticket from Lutheran Social Services and the Whitecaps will donate $2.50 to our foster care program! Stop by and get your tickets from us for a great Sunday afternoon of baseball at the Fifth Third ballpark. We’ll also be giving away temporary tattoos for the kids at our table! And there will be information about becoming a Lutheran Social Services foster parent for a child in need of a safe, caring home.

By the way, Sundays are Family Days at Fifth Third Ballpark. The first 1,000 children through the gate eat free! There are pre-game autographs, you can play catch on the field, and take a post-game run around the bases. Pre-game activities start at 12:15 p.m. Game time is 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Lutheran Social Services has purchased 100 tickets to the Adoption Day baseball game and will have a drawing to treat foster families and members of their households to a fun afternoon at the ball park on Sunday, Aug. 21. If you qualify as a LSSM foster family and want to get into the drawing for game tickets, please contact Kate Wert at 616-356-1934, ext. 22, or by email at kwert@lssm.org




Give $5 to Heartline, Get 25% off at Macy's!

by Ben Potter 25. July 2011 10:11

Check this out if you like to shop at Macy’s! Heartline, our residential program for women transitioning from prison back to the community, is selling Macy's discount coupons for $5 apiece. Each coupon will entitle you to discounts at any Macy’s store on Saturday, August 27. You’ll get 25 percent off on most regular, sale and clearance items, including home and many brands usually excluded (10 percent off on electronics, furniture, mattresses and rugs/floor coverings). Heartline keeps the $5 coupon purchase price, so everyone benefits! The coupons are also good for shopping at Macy's online, so you can use one even if there's no store near you.

Click here to make a $5 donation for each coupon you want (they make great gifts!) Be sure to check the box for "Heartline Macy's Coupon." Or you can send a check made out to Heartline, Inc. to Mary Ellen White, Heartline, 8201 Sylvester St., Detroit, MI 48214. Put “Macy’s fundraiser” in the memo space. Email Mary Ellen White or Mattie Peoples for more information.

To learn even more about how important Heartline is, read the inspiring story of Heartline "graduate" Lashawn Washington. 

Thank you for your support of Heartline!

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Lodge resident depicted in "American Gothic" style painting

by John Elmore 20. July 2011 16:32

Martha "Marty" Murphy, 90, is tickled that her daughter brought a painting from home to put up in her room at The Lodge at MapleCreek. At first glance, it reminds you of the classic painting "American Gothic," painted by Grant Wood in 1930 and imitated countless times in the past 80 years. The Wood painting hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago. The one in Marty's room depicts Marty and her husband, Red, standing in place of the original subjects in front of the Carpenter Gothic style house. Instead of the three-pronged hay fork, Red is shown holding a mop. The story behind the painting explains all.

"Red and I were custodians for the Thornapple-Kellogg school district in Middleville for 18 years," Marty said. "He was in charge of the custodial staff at the middle school, and I was a custodial worker at the new high school - and I was a safety guard for the children to help them cross the street. When we both retired at age 62, the art teacher painted this portrait of us. It was a gift from everyone at the school."

Look over on the shelf in Marty's room, and you'll see a photo of LeRoy Harold "Red" Murphy and his bride on their 50th Anniversary in 1991. "I was a few weeks older than my husband," Marty said. "So for 23 days, between our birthdays, I was a year older." Red passed away in about 1997. These days Marty is pleased that she is still doing pretty well. She has wonderful memories of Red. "I had the best husband in the world," she gushed. "He never did anything without me."






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"Don't cut my lifeline!" -- LSA signs ad opposing Medicaid cuts

by Barbara Lewis 20. July 2011 16:14

A part of the ad signed by LSA, view the full ad here.


Lutheran Services in America, an umbrella organization of more than 300 Lutheran social ministries that includes Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, joined 178 other organizations in signing a two-page ad that ran on July 14 in Roll Call, a political newspaper read by many in Congress and their staffs. The ad highlights the need to retain funding in Medicaid for the nation’s most vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities. The ad says more than a quarter of all seniors and people with disabilities depend on Medicaid, and cutting the program could deny millions the choice to receive the services they need to live independently in their homes and communities. In addition, these cuts could cost thousands of direct-care jobs, putting a greater burden on individuals and families. To read the National Council on Aging’s press release about the ad, click here. To see the ad itself, click here.

Tower of toilet paper helps In-Home Services, Group Homes

by Barbara Lewis 18. July 2011 11:37

Kids love playing with toilet paper, so what could be more fun than building a tower out of toilet paper rolls? That was the project of the week for the kids in Vacation Bible School at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant. Dorothy Fetting is the LSSM ambassador for the church. She suggested the idea because she knew that LSSM's In-Home Services clients need a variety of cleaning supplies. Tammy Hynes, regional director of In-Home Services, took her van to pick up the dozens of donated rolls last Friday. About 30 children, from kindergarten through sixth grade, participated in the drive. Some of the rolls were given to LSSM's group homes in the Midland area. (Do you have cleaning supplies to donate? Contact Tammy Hynes to arrange for pickup or delivery.)



A quilt made from an unusual source shows MapleCreek resident how much people care

by Ben Potter 14. July 2011 12:14

Elizabeth Druckrey and Ethel Evert were given some pants to shorten. From this simple act a quilt emerged with a wonderful story. Read the story here.


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MapleCreek resident Diet Eman receives NEA Rosa Parks Memorial Award

by John Elmore 12. July 2011 13:36

MapleCreek resident Diet Eman was recently honored by the National Education Association with their Rosa Parks Memorial Award. The award, announced at the NEA’s annual Human and Civil Rights Gala in Chicago on July 1, 2011, is presented someone who inspires others to champion the cause of human and civil rights. Diet certainly fits that description.

She was a 20-year-old working as a bank teller when the Germans invaded her country of the Netherlands. She and her fiancé, Hein Seitsema, joined the Dutch Underground Resistance. During the five-year Nazi occupation, Diet and her comrades daily risked their own lives to save the lives of countless Jews and downed Allied pilots. She spent time in a Nazi prison and then a prison camp, where she met and became friends with Corrie Ten Boom. Released as the Allies approached the camp, she went right back to resistance work.

 After the war, Diet Eman studied to become a registered nurse and for 10 years she served 5,000 day laborers and their families at a Shell Oil complex in Venezuela. Years later, as a Red Cross volunteer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she traveled all over the world helping families after natural disasters.

Today, at age 91, Eman serves as a volunteer Spanish-English language translator in a free health clinic for the uninsured. A devout Christian, she draws strength every day from her Lord to live out her convictions. Her message is an unequivocal: “Stand for what you believe.”

Watch a video of the NEA presentation of the Rosa Parks Memorial Award to Diet Eman, here: http://bit.ly/nSOpzE




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MapleCreek celebrates baseball with the Whitecaps - July 12, July 20

by John Elmore 11. July 2011 08:45


MapleCreek loves baseball! Please join us AT MAPLECREEK for a FREE event on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2011, starting at 10:30 a.m. -- under the tent out in front of The Terraces at MapleCreek, 2000 32nd St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. (RAIN LOCATION: INDOORS)

Enjoy baseball nostalgia and trivia with West Michigan Whitecaps' Glenn Eckelscamp -- with a special appearance by the Whitecaps mascot, Crash the River Rascal. AND BE SURE TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR TWO TICKETS TO THE JULY 20 WHITECAPS GAME, SPONSORED BY MAPLECREEK. 

And meet Frances Vukovich, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950-51 with the Chicago Colleens and the Racine Belles, teams featured in the movie "A League of Their Own." This is a rare opportunity to say hello to Frances, who lives in North Hollywood, California. She is spending the summer months in West Michigan, and has graciously agreed to be with us as our guest for this special gathering. 

A free picnic lunch featuring hot dogs and apple pie will be served -- but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, July 11, by calling MapleCreek at (616) 452-5900.

And then on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, MapleCreek is sponsoring the 7 p.m. West Michigan Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park,  MI. Come for the fun and food and a great baseball game against the Kane County Cougars. And then stay for the post-game fireworks show. Summer fun with MapleCreek and the Whitecaps, a Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers!

BONUS: On July 20, the Whitecaps will honor the Negro Baseball Leagues. Stars of the Negro Leagues will throw out first pitches, sign autographs and meet fans. At the July 20 Whitecaps game will be: Willie "Honey" Honicutt, 79 (Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs -- and father of MapleCreek HR Director Betty Honicutt); Ray "Boo Boy" Knox, 77 (Chicago American Giants, old Chicago Industrial Leagues); Hank "Baby" Presswood, 89 (Kansas City Monarchs, Cleveland Buckeyes); Johnny "Lefty" Washington, 81 (Chicago American Giants, Houston/New Orleans Eagles - 2 purple hearts in Korea); Nathan "Sonny" Weston, 80 (Chicago American Giants, & was the "last cut"  for the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox); and Ray Richardson, 79 (Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs). Also on hand that night will be family members of Ted Rasberry, who owned the Grand Rapids Black Sox and also owned the Detroit Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs. They will include Ted’s niece Minnie Forbes, original owner of the Detroit Stars. This is going to be a great night for baseball!

FOR GAME TICKETS: Visit whitecapsbaseball.com, or call the Whitecaps front office: 616-784-4131 or buy tickets in person at the ballpark box office (M-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm, and at the game). $13 premium seats; $11 box seats; $9.50 reserved seats (including the Gentex Family Section); $6 McCain Foods Lawn seating. Children 2 and under are free.







Visiting youth beautify Gateshead Crossing

by Barbara Lewis 8. July 2011 11:09

A group of teens and their adult mentors from the Southeast Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, spent time at Gateshead Crossing in Detroit last week as part of their annual summer servant trip. The five high school students and three adults were part of a larger group of 60 who spent 10 days in the Detroit area – five of them doing work projects and the rest of the time sightseeing and having fun. Overnight the group stayed at Christ Iroquois Avenue Lutheran Church in Detroit. At Gateshead the teens planted vegetables and flowers and pulled weeds from established beds. They also helped with an ice cream social.




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