Longform More than 500 students, staff, teachers, and volunteers participated in a Mental Health Fair and Walk at Detroit’s University Prep Art & Design Middle High School in October.

Michigan’s community mental health agencies work hard to prevent youth suicide

Michigan’s community mental health agencies (CMHs) and organizations across the state understand that asking questions and having conversations about mental health and suicide is a very significant step in prevention. 

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Autism Alliance of Michigan celebrates grand opening of new Grand Rapids location

On Thursday Nov. 16, the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) celebrated its new Grand Rapids-area office with a grand opening ribbon cutting and open house at its location within the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports & Inclusion Center, about 10 miles south of Grand Rapids proper. 

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Big Read goes on musical tour for preschoolers

The Holland Symphony Orchestra, the Herrick District Library, and the Big Read at Hope College partnered to create the first Mini Read tour for the program’s youngest readers. 

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Donor's $1.5M estate gift to support foundation’s work

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area recently received an almost $1.5 million estate gift from a local donor to support the foundation’s work.

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Holiday Giving Campaign gives struggling families a helping hand

Community Action of Allegan County is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of senior citizens, children, and families in crisis. The holidays are no exemption. 

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Coastal Container pays forward tax credit to support program that helps the unhoused

Holland firm Coastal Container is using a portion of its New Markets Tax Credit to support Mel Trotter Ministries, a Grand Rapids organization dedicated to serving the unhoused.

Feature Story Rachel Sanchez, left, received the Chief Deputy of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds. Karen Hahn, the Mecosta County Register of Deeds, right, presented the award.

Ottawa County official recognized by state organization for excellence

Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Rachel Sanchez exemplifies the role of public servant every day, County Clerk/Register of Deeds Justin Roebuck says. Now her efforts are being recognized by the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds.

Feature Story Enjoy a beautiful evening strolling a luminary-lined path and the beautifully decorated nature center at Hemlock Park in West Olive. The free event, which also features, cider, cocoa, and cookies, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

December things to do: Parades and presents, movies and music, shopping and Santa

West Michigan is in full holiday mode this December, with a singing Christmas tree, a festival of trees, a planetarium show, a fancy gala, holiday parades, glimpses of Christmases past, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Why a nonprofit is ending subminimum wages for workers with disabilities

Since its inception, MRC Industries, a nonprofit that serves people with developmental or intellectual disabilities in Kalamazoo County, has paid its workers a subminimum wage. But no longer. MRC dropped its 14(c) certification in September.

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Statewide housing plan works with stakeholders across region to address housing needs

Block by Block spoke with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Housing North, and Communities First about how individual communities are working together to tackle the specific housing needs of their residents. For the first time ever, the state of Michigan released a statewide coordinated, comprehensive housing plan, working with stakeholders across the housing sector  

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Parents weigh in on PreK for All

Parents across the state are taking note and feeling excited about what  Pre K for All means for their little ones. And they have shared feedback on the proposed program at listening sessions across the state.

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Michigan’s University Research Corridor: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Michigan students, researchers, and campuses are serious about the environment  and are working to discover ways to meet today’s economic and health needs and ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

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Spring Lake District Library’s $1.7M refresh is designed to ‘encourage sense of community’

For its 20th anniversary this year, the Spring Lake District Library is getting a refresh that will add more meeting rooms, a podcast studio, a teen space, children's makerspace and a sensory quiet room.  

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All-terrain wheelchair loan program opens outdoors to more users

The GRIT wheelchair can go across all terrains standard wheelchairs can’t, and a West Michigan family who knows the constraints of conventional wheelchair use has created a program to allow the public borrow two of them.

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How Housing Worx offers a solution to shortages of construction labor, affordable housing

Community Action of Allegan County's Housing Workx teaches participants skilled trades in construction with hands-on training while building a house for low-income residents.

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Couple building Muskegon residence to support youth who age out of foster care

A decade after starting the nonprofit Kids Belong to support families who have foster children, Katie and Jeff Steele are raising money for First Place, a Muskegon residential development where youth who age out of foster care can live independently.

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Holland artist’s 23rd holiday card features an iconic setting

For 23  years, artist Carolyn Stich has created a Holland-themed holiday card, commissioned by the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, to support an organization in need.  

Feature Story The Momentum Center is moving to the former Rendezvous Restaurant building.

State grant, community donations support Momentum Center's $2M expansion

The Momentum Center has reached a significant milestone in its Building Momentum Campaign, raising more than $1.5 million for a new facility with help from a $700,000 MEDC grant.

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Rock musicians with autism to be honored with Discover Ability Award

Together, Keegan Russell and Keenan Miller keep the beat as the band K-Rock. The musicians were nominated by Autism Support of Kent County because “they show others what is possible when individuals are given a chance to shine.”

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Underfunding early child care has far-reaching impactsPreK for All a step in the right direction

The U.S economy loses an estimated $122 billion a year through lost earnings, productivity, and tax revenue because of the challenge parents have in finding early child care.