The battle against homelessness in Michigan has always been one that is measured in small victories. But then came 2020, throwing all attack strategies out the window and effectively redrawing the battlefield for everyone.
2020 has not afforded us many times to gather as a community, so the annual Corcoran House Golf Scramble was particularly special this year.
The yearly fundraiser for Corcoran House took place on Sept.17 at The Fortress Golf Course in beautiful Frankenmuth. This was the 30th Annual Golf Scramble and it was one to remember.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be in foster care in Michigan. And perhaps even more about what it takes to step up and become a foster parent.
One of the biggest misunderstandings we face at Holy Cross Services is the perception that children in care are only children with behavioral issues.
This could not be further from the truth. So, let us explain a little more about the realities of foster care in America and, particularly, in Michigan.
You may have read about opioid addiction and the opioid crisis in the news. It is widespread and it is serious. An estimated 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Approximately 2.1 million Americans are battling an opioid addiction.
But what exactly are opioids? Why are they so addictive? And why is their use across America so widespread?(more…)
As COVID-19 maintains its grip on America, fears are growing that the pandemic is creating a health crisis of another kind: a relapse into addiction by people battling substance abuse. Any recovered addict will tell you that their battle with substance abuse is one they fight every single day, and that certain triggers can make that struggle even harder. The greatest of these, agree experts, is perhaps social isolation. Safety requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have not only encouraged isolation but demanded it. (more…)
Sometimes it is the smallest people who teach us the biggest lessons.
Sharon Berkobien sees this happen every day.
“I've just learned a tremendous amount about resiliency and what that takes,” she says.
“About what people can actually survive and go through and come out the other side.”
Like so many people, Lisa never imagined she’d need to knock on the door of a homeless shelter and ask for help.
“Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned,” said Lisa, who’s from Lansing and had been homeless for about a year before coming to Holy Cross Services’ New Hope Community Center.
“At first I thought it was embarrassing,” she said. “It was hard. I didn’t want to be here. I thought the world was on my back. I was broken. It was horrible.”
Most kids find their parents nagging them to clean up their room just plain annoying.
For Jarrett, it’s the normalcy he’s been missing in his life, and he’s not complaining one bit.
“With my family…I went out to eat, I made the bed; the bed that I’m supposed to be making,” smiled the 10-year-old.
Jason came to Lansing to help a friend and ended up needing to help himself because of his struggle with being homeless. He made the move to help his friend back in 2017, supporting his new roommate until the living arrangement became too chaotic. Left feeling sick because of his environment, Jason found himself homeless and adrift.
“Being homeless is like being lost in space,” he said. “You don't know where to go or what to do; it's scary.”Jason bounced from shelter to shelter, until earlier this year when he landed at Homeless Angels, a street-based outreach organization in Lansing. While there, he’s also received support from programs at Holy Cross Services’ New Hope Community Center. (more…)