The Bouma Group Community Support

Holiday 2008 Donations

In order to spread some holiday joy to those who really need it most this year, Ann Arbor RealtorsThe Bouma Group have donated to programs that help the needy in their community. Their focus is to help make life better for low income women and children. Below is a description of each organization The Bouma Group donated to and their contact information.

AVALON HOUSING (Carrot Way Community Center) 
Michael Appel
603 West Huron
Ann Arbor MI 48103
Phone: 734-663-5858 
Fax:  734-663-4857
Avalon Housing is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to developing and managing permanent supportive rental housing for people with extremely low incomes in Washtenaw County. We own and operate 180 units, scattered at fifteen sites throughout Ann Arbor. Our rents are structured to be affordable to people with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income. The majority of our households include people who were homeless or who have a mental or physical disability. Voluntary support services are available to all tenants to help them maintain their housing and enhance their quality of life.
Eileen Spring
P.O. Box 131037
Ann Arbor, MI 48113
Phone: (734) 761-2796
Fax: (734) 930-0550
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.
Joan Doughty
P.O. Box 130076
Ann Arbor, MI 48113-0076
Phone: (734) 973-1183
Fax: (734) 973-8332
Community Action Network's mission is to serve families in under-resourced neighborhoods in Washtenaw County by providing educational and life skills programs for children and teens, and supportive housing services for families. CAN advocates for low-income families with schools, community service providers, and government agencies. CAN develops awareness in the broader community of the challenges these families face. CAN strives to build strong, stable and safe communities, which benefits all Washtenaw County residents.
Shannon Richards
555 Towner
Ypsilanti MI 48197
Phone:  734-544-2984
Any pregnant woman or baby under 1 year old who is enrolled in Medicaid, Healthy Kids or MOMS may qualify for the MIHP. 
This program provides:
Help with accessing transportation so you can go to medical and WIC appointments
Help with applying for social service programs
A Public Health Nurse, Social Worker, and Nutritionist to come visit you in your home
Referrals to a doctor or community agencies
Childbirth and Parenting Education
Preparation for breastfeeding and why it is good for your baby
Help with getting baby items and supplies, like diapers and formula.
Provide infant developmental screening
Information to help you find childcare services
Assessing infants for Early On Services 
Larry Galligan
555 Towner
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: 734-544-3000
Fax: 734-544-6732
The Children’s Holiday Gift Project will provide gifts for the children of mentally ill adults in Washtenaw County.  Established by Public Act 258, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health provides mental health services to adults with a severe and persistent mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and individuals with a developmental disability, residing in the county. Community Support & Treatment Services (CSTS) provides mental health services under a contract with the WCHO. A county department, CSTS changed its' name in May, 2002 from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health.
Julain LeDuc
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-995-5444
SafeHouse Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County, Michigan. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Our programs include counseling, court accompaniment, information and referrals, emergency shelter and personal advocacy. SafeHouse provides services to all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault regardless of ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, relationship status, veteran status, current or former substance use, current or former involvement with the criminal justice system, religious affiliation, immigration status, physical or mental ability, health status, height or weight.
Rachael Holmes
Washtenaw County Jail Children’s Visitation Program
Rachael Louie Holmes
1313 Henry St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Phone:  734-665-5813
CVP is run by volunteers and funded by generous community members.  For nearly 20 years, CVP has been facilitating monthly contact visits for incarcerated mothers and their young children at the Washtenaw County Jail. Regular visiting procedures at the Jail do not involve any physical contact. Prisoners and all visitors must speak to each other through a Plexiglas wall using a telephone.  Most women are merely awaiting trial, treatment, or transfer - so the separation is often fresh and painful. Moreover, isolating children from their primary caregiver (even though she may be an offender) increases the sense of marginalization and depression for both the children and their parents, putting the whole family at a higher risk for a variety of negative outcomes.  In coordination with the Washtenaw County Jail Correctional Services staff, CVP volunteers facilitate a 3-hour supervised, quality contact visit once a month. During this time mothers and children talk privately, read books, play games, and do small art projects. It is an opportunity for mothers and children to communicate and to nurture each other, both of which are extremely important to human development and well-being as well as the important benefit of helping mothers stay connected to their children in a healthy way.  Once a year, CVP is allowed to host a holiday party for the moms and their children. We bring in a commercially-prepared holiday feast and presents for the kids. Each year we rely on donations from the community to cover the costs of the meal and gifts for the children. Please consider helping us buy food or gifts.
If you would like more information on how you can help these organizations at any time of the year, please contact The Bouma Group.

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