The Ladies of the Lord (LOL) of Northland Church of Christ presented Hope 101 Ministry with 32 handmade pillowcases and 12 pillows. The items will be used by the participants in the two homes owned by Hope 101, the Anchor Home (three apartments) and the Mercer Home (single family). The Ladies of the Lord put in long hours to make lovely pillowcases and Hope 101 Ministry is very appreciative of their time and talent.
Hope 101 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to help the homeless of Newaygo County. The Mission of Hope 101 Ministry, with the help of God, is to provide a home-based program which offers Christian support, friendship, and direction to empower participants to reach beyond their circumstances to a place of stability and self-sufficiency.
To get more information about Hope 101 Ministry, Inc. please go to our web site www.hope101ministry.com, our Facebook page or contact our Case Manager, at 213-245-8877 or Board President at 231-652-1056.
The Gerber Foundation Promotes Early Literacy With $10,000 Gift to the Newaygo County Imagination Library
In October 2014, the Gerber Foundation partnered with Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) to help provide books to the children of Newaygo County through the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world. Currently, the program mails over one million specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to children from birth to age five. Dolly’s vision was to create a lifelong love of reading, prepare children for school and inspire them to dream. Each month a new, carefully selected book is mailed directly to the enrolled child. There is no cost or obligation to families.
Today, the Newaygo County Imagination Library Program provides almost 400 children in Newaygo County with free, age-appropriate books in the mail each month. “This gift from the Gerber Foundation, will provide additional children and families in Newaygo County with the opportunity to receive free books in the mail each month to build a strong foundation for a love of reading. I encourage all families to find just 15 to 20 minutes each day to read together with their child, to help them build important reading skills for future school success,” said Nicole Skrabis, Newaygo County RESA, Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Learning Services.
“We are so grateful to NC RESA for hosting this Dolly Parton Imagination program for Newaygo County children,” said Cathy Obits, Program Manager for the Gerber Foundation. “Early literacy is the foundation for nearly all future learning, so ensuring reading skills prior to these children beginning school is extremely important. And, once achieved, it is something that no one can take away.”
Newaygo County residents who have preschool children ages birth to five are eligible to sign up their children to receive free books from Dolly’s Library. Interested in the program? Contact the Newaygo County RESA at (231) 652-3843 to find out how to register your child.
Paid holiday reinforces commitment to diversity and inclusion
FREMONT, Mich., Jan. 11, 2021 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will be honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the week of January 18 by sponsoring blood drives, distributing food baskets and encouraging employees to volunteer in a variety of ways that will work toward greater racial equality.
For the first time this year, Spectrum Health also designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday for employees. This change brings greater awareness to the racial justice efforts of the civil rights leader and reinforces Spectrum Health’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and in the community.
While hospital operations will continue uninterrupted, Gerber Memorial’s family medicine, OB/GYN and Walk-In clinics; lab; outpatient rehab in Newaygo and Fremont; radiology; X-ray; surgery; visiting specialty clinic; occupational health in Fremont; and medical records will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18.
Since 2013, Spectrum Health across West Michigan has organized volunteer opportunities as a way for team members to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and recognize Dr. King’s call for justice and equality. Last year, more than 600 employees gave of their time and talents, working at food banks, health care clinics, soup kitchens and other organizations.
Instead of in-person volunteering this year, Spectrum Health is encouraging employees and others to spend time learning about the American civil rights movement, reading a book about diversity to a child or working remotely to assist a non-profit organization.
First Responders Recognized for Lifesaving Efforts
NEWAYGO, Mich., 1-06-2021 – At the end of 2020, the Newaygo Fire District (NFD) recognized the lifesaving efforts of its’ firefighters and medical first responders during two emergency calls, which resulted in saving two lives.
The first call took place July 18th when NFD personnel responded to a reported drowning on the Muskegon River. Personnel arrived on scene and assisted Life EMS, Newaygo County Sheriff's Department, and DNR to provide lifesaving care on the scene as well as during transport to the hospital. Bystanders with CPR training are credited with starting lifesaving efforts.
On September 21, 2020, the second call took place when NFD was dispatched to a CPR in progress following a motor vehicle accident in the City of Newaygo. Personnel arrived at the scene and worked with Life EMS, Newaygo Police Department, and Michigan State Police to provide lifesaving care on the scene and during transport to the hospital.
Due to the efforts of emergency crews on both scenes, these patients have made a full recovery.
"I am very proud of the quick and professional response from our members," stated Chief Travis Kroll. "Effective CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. This further proves our responders' training and continuing education is vital in producing positive outcomes for our patients."
NFD firefighters and medical first responders awarded for their efforts were Martin Badge, Matthew Baker, Trever Haring, Matthew Hikade, Q'Sun Ma, Jason Newfer, David Otteren, Tamara Schumacker, Jason Fowler, Travis Kroll, Andrew Kulikowski, Ashley Long, Jeremy Newfer and Teresa VanDyke.