The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Agency assists newly homeless 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

When housing needs arise for low-income people, the Lenawee Emergency and Affordable Housing Corporation (LEAHC) assists residents in three ways.

The chief programs offered for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless are Housing First, Emergency Shelter, and Transitional Housing.

The Housing First program is LEAHC’s largest and has served more than 1,000 individuals in the past five months.

The Housing First philosophy is fairly new to homeless providers and has a primary goal of reducing or eliminating the amount of time a family is homeless by supporting permanent housing options immediately.

If families are first stabilized with permanent housing—before necessary support services are provided—they tend to be more success in remaining in permanent housing, thus reducing the number of homeless.

In this program, families are provided with case management support including housing search assistance, landlord mediation, and follow-up. Financial assistance may be provided for eligible participants.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided more than $117,000 in financial assistance for 265 families in housing crisis.  In addition, LEAHC case managers have coordinated with other human service agencies and churches for an additional $35,000 in financial assistance for families in need.

The Emergency Shelter Program provides 90 days of shelter at no cost to the participants. Daily case management, support services, food, monthly life skills training, laundry facilities, telephone service and transportation assistance is provided.

LEAHC is the only agency providing emergency shelter for Lenawee County families, and it also provides emergency shelter for single adults.

During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided shelter for five families with 22 children, as well as helping 16 single adults. 

The Transitional Housing program provides affordable housing for up to two years and includes weekly case management, support services and monthly life skills training.

The goal of this program is to assist families with the transition from temporary to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. 

LEAHC currently operates seven transitional housing units located in Adrian, Britton, Riga and Tecumseh.  During the past 12 months, LEAHC has provided 14 adults and 16 children with transitional housing units.

LEAHC is a newly funded program of Lenawee United Way.

For more information, call LEAHC 517/264-0782.

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