2013-10-03 / Front Page

Resource fair aims to help residents

Various vendors, information to be included in community event

MANISTIQUE – For residents seeking options and information about services available in the area, the Schoolcraft County Community Resource Fair is back. The event covers everything from help understanding the Affordable Care Act to obtaining food and housing assistance.

Nancy Demers, coordinator of the Schoolcraft County Coalition for Safe and Stable Housing, said the event has new additions this year, including the Schoolcraft County Clerk’s office, which will be on hand to assist area residents with voter’s registration. Michigan Works! and the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Access Coalition will also be on hand.

“It’s a very valuable fair in the community to help people who have questions about resource programs and to get them started on the path to obtaining what they’re looking for,” Demers explained.

She noted the fair was created to give residents an opportunity to casually explore the available programs and resources available in the area, all in one location.

Those attending the fair include: Delta-Schoolcraft Great Start Collaborative, the Schoolcraft County Parent Coalition, Safe Harbor, Good Neighbor Services, Habitat for Humanity, a Schoolcraft County Veteran Services counselor, mBank, the Manistique School and Public Library, Manistique Senior Center, Project Backpack, Great Lakes Recovery Center, and more. The Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft County Health Department will be on hand for information and shots, and a lunch will be provided, free of charge.

A coffee station will also be available, and gift bags filled with various items will be given away. A free “coat/mitten/hat” room will be open to any resident wishing to browse the selection.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center, which provides a multitude of services for veterans in need, will also be on hand.

Demers noted the resource fair can either be used for those looking for first-time information, or those needing updates on programs in which they are currently enrolled.

The fair will take place on Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on 315 Walnut Street, Manistique. For more information, contact Nancy Demers at 341-5451.

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