Intro by Ron Beacom:
Thousands of motorists on M-20 drive each day by the West Midland Family Center, located about 15 miles west of Midland. Most probably aren’t aware of the critical role that facility plays in the lives of people who live in that area.
Midland native Greg Dorrien has been at West Midland Family Center since 1987. He’s the executive director. Dorrien notes that both have been expanding at the seams ever since. The latest expansion of WMFC in 2018 included four preschool rooms, a multipurpose room, and a beautiful two lane bowling center all dedicated to community usage.
Article by Greg Dorrien:
As 2022 comes to a close, I’d like to thank the hundreds of groups and individuals that allowed West Midland Family Center
to function as a thriving organization for another year. It is this community support that helps us affect change throughout each year, positively impacting those we serve.
The Midland community is truly unique in tackling the issue of generational poverty at its root cause, and striving to solve the problem one family at a time. From our humble beginnings in 1974, our community has invested time, talent, and treasure helping families overcome their own situations and work together in building an organization that stands the test of time in order to serve today’s community into the future.
While our community has not been immune to the current state of the economy, we work every day to relieve this stress from as many families as possible. From a socio-economic perspective, anyone not solidly situated in the middle class or above is somewhat food insecure. We hear daily about the costs of food rising. Our continued partnerships with Hidden Harvest
, Costco, Aldi, and the Emergency Food Pantry Network
allow us to provide surplus food to hundreds of families each week. It might be through our childcare for working families, or the Before and After School program allowing parents to know their children are safe and supported while they are at work. Whatever a family’s situation, West Midland Family Center will be here to help.
WMFC staff load up vehicles at the drive thru, food distribution event in 2021.
We look forward to yet another year of providing growth and achievement opportunities within a caring environment to enhance the quality of life for each generation. We look forward to the Senior Services program ‘breaking in’ our newly remodeled kitchen for local seniors. Our College Opportunity Program continues helping teens develop needed assets for positive living. Planning will soon begin for our Summer Program in which we anticipate expanding programming from this past year. Our Family Services programs are providing hope and support for so many families in the community.
We are made stronger by being a part of this community, and we reinvest that strength right back into those coming through our doors. We will continue helping each community member today to reach their full potential tomorrow. Come see us (or visit us at www.wmfc.org
), and help us in that vision or take advantage of all we have to offer. Let our family serve yours.