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Feature Story Recovery coaches gathering together at the Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center for a week-long recovery coaching certification in the summer of 2022.

Recovery and outreach center in Port Huron receives grant to open engagement center

With a grant from the Community Foundation, the Blue Water Recovery and Outreach Center will be providing an engagement center to help those who are waiting for treatment after relapse.

Partner Content Residents in St. Clair County are lighting up their homes in blue to celebrate autism awareness

Marine City resident inspires community to #LightItUpBlue for autism awareness

After efforts made by a 32-year-old Marine City resident who has autism, the Marine City Chamber of Commerce and St. Clair County Community Mental Health joined with other communities across the globe to #LightItUpBlue for autism awareness.

Feature Story Nicole and Rob Fowler, the owners of Fowler's Creamery & Coffee, stand outside their storefront in downtown St. Clair with their children Nash (left) and Harper.

Fowler’s Creamery & Coffee to open in St. Clair this spring

Long-time hairdresser, Nicole Fowler, says she is ready to pursue her dream of opening up an ice cream, coffee, and sweets shop, scheduled to open next month in St. Clair.

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Letter from the Editor: Liz bids farewell, introduces Genevieve Fox as The Keel’s new editor

Liz Fredendall says goodbye and welcomes Genevieve Fox who is stepping into the position of Managing Editor for The Keel.

Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

Longform Kimberly Singh (right), Michigan Oral Health Coalition board member and chief community and governmental affairs officer for My Community Dental Centers, chats with Dental Assistant Kortney Jones.

Oral health care is inaccessible to many Michiganders. This coalition is working to change that.

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition brings together a multitude of Michigan oral and general health partners to collaborate on improving oral health for all Michiganders, especially those who have barriers to access. 

Feature Story The Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Michigan.

New organization seeks to educate and empower the Hispanic community in Southeastern Michigan

After a significant gap left by the disintegration of Hispanic organizations in the Blue Water Area, the Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Michigan is set to fill the void by offering vital resources and educational services as they cultivate tradition and spread awareness across the region. 

Feature Story Previously known as Eddy Elementary, The Eddy Center in St. Clair now serves as the hub for numerous small businesses and organizations, including a local nonprofit and a daycare facility.

Former St. Clair County school Eddy Elementary reimagined

Following its closure in 2019, the former Eddy Elementary has transformed into The Eddy Center, becoming an integral part of the St. Clair community and operating as a central hub for various small businesses and organizations.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

خارطة طريق "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع" تتخذ منهجًا شاملًا لإطلاق برنامج "التعليم ما قبل الاب

في يناير 2023، أعلنت الحاكمة غريتشن ويتمر عن خطتها "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع"، والتي ستوفر الوصول إلى التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي المجاني لجميع الأطفال البالغين من العمر أربع سنوات في ميشيغان بحلول عام 2027. في فبراير 2024، أصدرت دائرة التعليم مدى الحياة، التقدم، والإمكانيات في ميشيغان (MiLEAP) خطة الطريق مع توصيات حول كيف يمكن للولاية تحقيق هذا الهدف. شاركت مجموعة السياسات العادلة، وهي منظمة استشارية تعليمية في واشنطن العاصمة تركز على سياسات الرعاية والتعليم المبكرة، في تأليف خارطة الطريق.

Longform Robin Beasley is the director of Garden of Dreams Preschool inside First Congregational Church.

Tri-Share makes quality child care more affordable for working parents

MI Tri-Share is a first-of-its-kind cost-sharing funding model. The state, the employee, and their employer each chip in for one-third of the price of child care.

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Community Foundation launches Disaster Response Fund

The Community Foundation of St. Clair County recently introduced the Disaster Response Fund, a new fund designed to provide assistance to communities within St. Clair County that may face the impact of future disasters.

Feature Story A worker at Blue Water Controls exhibits a welding tutorial for Yale High School students during Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day offers St. Clair County students a ‘new world of possibilities’

Each year Manufacturing Day offers high schoolers across the country a look into the manufacturing industry, showcasing potential career paths through hands-on education.

Feature Story Lexington House Bed & Breakfast is located at 5712 Main St. in Lexington, Michigan.

Lexington House Bed & Breakfast provides special backdrop for unique stays

Donna and Joe Benoit, the owners of Lexington House Bed & Breakfast, are continuing the legacy of their village establishment by providing a unique space and face-to-face connections — something you won’t get from Airbnb.

Feature Story Students in Nikki DeGowske's class at Algonquin Elementary School receive hands-on learning of nature and wildlife.

Algonquin Elementary School teacher utilizes outdoor learning to enhance youth education

Elementary school students in Clay Township are engaging in one-of-a-kind learning in an outdoor classroom, receiving hands-on education with nature and wildlife.

Partner Content Riley Alley (left), Robert Wilkinson, and Jorja Baldwin are members of McLaren Port Huron Foundation's Board of Directors.

Q&A with McLaren Port Huron Foundation Board of Directors

The McLaren Port Huron Foundation is dedicated to offering support for both hospital visitors and the broader community. Three members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors discuss their connections to the Blue Water Area and motivations behind getting involved.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

PreK For All Roadmap takes a holistic approach to rolling out PreK For All

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) has released the PreK for All Roadmap plan with recommendations on how the state can achieve universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in Michigan.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

La Hoja de Ruta de PreK Para Todos adopta un enfoque holístico para el despliegue de PreK Para Todos

En enero de 2023, la gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer anunció su plan PreK para Todos, que proporcionaría acceso a la educación preescolar gratuita a todos los niños de cuatro años de Michigan para 2027. En febrero de 2024, el Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) publicó el plan de la Hoja de Ruta con recomendaciones

Feature Story Amber Desgranges and Rachel Ruddock of the Michigan Primary Care Association.

New initiative offers Michigan nursing students opportunity to build careers in underserved areas

The Michigan Primary Care Association is collaborating with nine of Michigan’s state universities to provide nursing students with opportunities to train in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.

Longform Christine Sauvé.

New state law will help ensure health care access for non-English-speaking Michiganders

Michigan's new Statewide Meaningful Language Access Coordination Act will require public services to be more accessible to non-English speakers. 

Longform Kelsey Lehman and Autumn Carson

Podcast a "not-so-clinical approach to conversations surrounding all things mental health."

Podcast hosted by three friends covers a range of topics like finding a therapist, tips for loved ones, and misconceptions and stigmas surrounding medications.