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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Five Facts about Mcrest Macomb

The Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to individuals who are homeless or displaced. Thank you to Gary Lusk for suggesting MCREST for this blog topic.

Here are five facts you may not know about MCREST:

  1. MCREST provides services (food, shelter, training) for Macomb County's homeless for up to 90 days, for 365 days of the year.
  2. The organization began in 1988 with the concept of a day camp organized by the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Township.
  3. There are 90 churches throughout the area who support this program. You can view the directory of churches who participate in this program at My church, St. Ronald, participates in this program.
  4. Each year, 500 adults and 100 children benefit from the MCREST program.
  5. While monetary donations are appreciated, MCREST is also in need of many items including diapers, toddler snacks, and travel size hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.). Learn more at

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Five Facts about New Day Foundation for Families

The New Day Foundation for Families is a non-profit organization that helps provide financial stability and hope to cancer patients and their families.
Thank you to Josephine Dries who suggested this organization as a blog topic. Here are five facts I learned while visiting their website.

  1. This organization provides support to cancer patients of all ages, from child to adult. 
  2. Their programs and services include: bill payment (utilities, auto, insurance, and even funeral expenses); children's services (daycare, school supplies, activities); and counseling services.
  3. The New Day Foundation for Families was created when two families became joined as a result of surviving spouses of cancer patients uniting. Their story was made into the movie, "The Color of Rain." I got chills reading this.
  4. There are many ways to volunteer to help this wonderful organization. These include making blankets, stuffing envelopes, making cash donations, or hosting events.
  5. If you shop at Kroger, you can link your loyalty card to the New Day Foundation for Families which receives a donation every time you shop - at no cost to you. Learn more at

Was this blog informative and/or helpful? Please click to share on your social networks and leave a comment. And if you are fighting cancer or supporting a family member who is, please check out the New Day Foundation for Families.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five Facts About the Dearborn Animal Shelter

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is a non profit organization in Dearborn, Michigan. Here are five interesting facts about this wonderful organization.

A rendering of the new shelter
  1. In 2014, this shelter handled 2,725 total animals. This included 1,470 cats and 1,054 dogs. If you're doing the math, you'll see this doesn't add up. That's because they have also handled 201 other species.
  2. There are 12 full-time employees and 18 part-time employees. In addition, over 113 active volunteers help this organization. Volunteers can help with daily operations, cleaning, and of course caring for the animals. All volunteers are required to participate in orientation.
  3. They are in the process of building a new shelter. Their recent "Raise the Woof" fundraiser raised $247,000, just shy of their $250,000 goal. Can we all just pause (or should I say "PAWS" for a moment to reflect on how adorable that "Raise the Woof" name is, on multiple levels?)
  4. The shelter organizes doggie playdates, appropriately named "paw-ties." Learn more at
  5. Their current need is advertised at the top of their website, which is Pedigree dog food.
Thank you to Anne Garbus for recommending the Dearborn Animal Shelter for this blog topic. When we're ready to adopt a dog, I'm definitely going to look to this shelter.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Five Facts about The John Paul II Medical Research Institute

The John Paul II Medical Research Institute (aka JP2MRI) supports medical research while respecting the dignity of human life. Their focus is on supporting research that is ethical and cost-effective. Here are five facts about this important organization:!jp2mri-video-gallery/cm0b
  1. JP2MRI differentiates itself by committing to not support embryonic stem cell research. In addition, they commit more than half of their budget to medical research. 
  2. Visit their video library to learn more about the JP2MRI.
  3. Physicians who wish to sign up to help support research can do so at this link:!patient-registry/c1kr5. Some of this focus includes Rare Disease Research (Flyer: as well as Cancer Stem Cell Research (Flyer:
  4. Information about the ethics of medical research including the Nuremberg Code can be found at!nuremberg-code/cz3o.
  5. One of the ways that "You Can Help" this institute is by sharing their website and information on social media. Click to share this post and you've done just that.
Thanks to John for the suggestion to add this organization to my big 4-0 blog list.

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