October 23, 2019

Annual report shows NEMCSA assisted thousands more seniors than previous year

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NORTHERN MICHIGAN —The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency donated more than 270,000 hours’ worth of service to its constituents in 11 local counties in 2018.

NEMCSA last week published its annual report detailing services rendered to its constituents throughout the last year. This year marks 51 years of service to Northern Michigan communities. In a previous interview with the Oscoda County Herald NEMCSA Outreach and Communication Officer Frances Whitney said the organization's goal is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty for Northern Michigan communities.

Last year the program was 50 percent funded by the federal government, which provided nearly $28 million. The state provided 38 percent of the funding, down slightly from the previous year. That amounts to slightly less than $21 million, which is roughly $2 million short of 2017’s donation. The final 11 percent was funded by local sources, which is up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. Local funding accounted for slightly more than $6 million.

NEMCSA spent roughly 47 percent of its budget on early childhood services and 25 percent on its other community-based care programs. The rest was split between youth services, senior services, volunteer programs, community development and management costs.

Last year the group helped to care for slightly less than 3,000 children through its early childhood services. Those services include early childhood education, family engagement, physical and mental healthcare, nutrition and support for children with disabilities. NEMCSA employs roughly 700 people across the state, and nearly 500 of them work for its early childhood development programs.

NEMCSA also provided assistance to slightly more than 2,300 students in primary and secondary school, which is an increase of roughly 100 students. The School Success program identifies children who are struggling academically and finds ways to assist them, whether the issues they’re facing originate at home or in the classroom.

More than 9,000 homes received supplemental food assistance through donations of food boxes, and more than 615,000 meals were provided to seniors and homebound individuals. Both of those numbers increased from the previous year. Overall that program, among others, helped more than 19,000 seniors maintain an independent lifestyle. That’s an increase of nearly 7,000 seniors helped compared to the last year.

In addition to the different programs for children and seniors, Whitney said NEMCSA also provided nearly $460,000 worth of emergency payments to families in need. Those payments were disbursed in the form of tax, rental and utility supplementation programs, among other things.

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