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Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fifth-Third Bank, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing In September 2016, Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan was notified that the federal funding that sustained its Safe Haven program for 11 of the last 12 years would not be renewed. This placed the program in danger of closing its doors to the hundreds of families that relied … Continue reading Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing

Abused as a small boy. Now what?

An article from Bridge Magazine, March 14, 2017     When the fidgety, anxious, 5-year-old boy from northern Michigan came in about a year ago to see pediatrician Tina Hahn, it was soon apparent to her this was a case medication alone would not solve. “He was trying to hide under the chair. He looked panicked and overwhelmed. He was in that fight or flight … Continue reading Abused as a small boy. Now what?

New Strategic Partnership for CFS

We are pleased to announce a new administrative partnership with Samaritas, a nonprofit human services organization serving lower Michigan for nearly a century. Samaritas brings long-held compassion and expertise in serving families and individuals. More about Samaritas at www.samaritas.org. The goal of this innovative partnership is to reevaluate the processes, programs, and priorities within CFS and position our organization to serve our communities for our next 80 … Continue reading New Strategic Partnership for CFS

Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions

It's been a challenging year for Child and Family Services, with revenues decreasing and regulatory requirements increasing.  It feels like nonprofit business as usual, with both these issues faced by nonprofits of all kinds here in northern Michigan and throughout our state and nation.  Many of us have as our mission society’s biggest, most intractable human challenges—poverty, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, clean, safe … Continue reading Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions

Childhood Trauma Linked to Poor Health

We know there are many things that contribute to poor health: smoking, bad diet, sleep deprivation, a lack of exercise. But did you know that exposure to traumatic events as a child also contributes to poor health later in life? Childhood trauma has been linked to things like cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Studies are increasingly showing us that things like physical, verbal, … Continue reading Childhood Trauma Linked to Poor Health