On Sunday, October 2, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (CSSW) hosted Cooking for a Cause, where chefs from local restaurants competed for the title of “Top Chef”. The over 150 event attendees voted through tips to select their favorite team, with all proceeds supporting the programs and services of CSSW.
Chefs from Frita Batidos, Gratzi, Real Seafood Company, Moveable Feast, Silvio’s, Tavolina Catering & Events, Travis Pointe Country Club, and Zingerman’s Roadhouse impressed the crowd with delectable small plates prepared on site. The grand prize went to Travis Pointe Country Club for their Oysters Rockefeller and Shrimp Shooters, with Moveable Feast’s Himalayan Hibachi Grill coming in as Runner Up. Guests also enjoyed a beer tasting provided by Wolverine State Brewing Company, a raffle, live auction and live music. The big winner of the evening was Paul Leighton, who walked away with a one-week Mexican Getaway, including $500 toward airfare from Conlin Travel.
CSSW would like to extend its gratitude to event chairs Al Mumby and Margot Devine-Mumby, as well as all of the sponsors, volunteers and guests that made this event possible. Your support raised $63,000 to improve the lives of the most vulnerable citizens in Washtenaw County.
The Regional Master Transit Plan — on the ballot November 8, 2016 — is a detailed, comprehensive regional transit plan that connects Southeast Michigan’s four counties — Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne — with reliable regional public transit to increase independence for seniors and people with disabilities, get people to work, and boost economic development.
The Regional Master Transit Plan will:
- Connect Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties for the first time.
- Enable seniors to live more independently by centralizing transit options and increasing door-to-door service coverage across Southeast Michigan.
- Connect nearly two million existing jobs, making it easier for workers to get to work on time.
- Create short term construction jobs and long term jobs as new businesses and developments grow along the routes.
- Building and operating the regional transit system will support nearly 67,800 regional jobs over the life of the plan and increase Gross Regional Product by $6 billion.
- Paratransit funding will increase by 33% and provide people with disabilities more independence and opportunity.
- Fill unfilled jobs by ensuring everyone has access to reliable transportation.
- Increase home values by 42% on average within 1/4 mile of frequent public transit.
- A single Regional Fare Card for easy, seamless travel on all vehicles and systems.
Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote on this and many other issues on Tuesday, November 8, 2016!
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Larry Voight. He died unexpectedly on August 19.
Larry became President of Catholic Social Services in 1997 and was known as a major community influence and collaborator. The agency grew significantly under his leadership with the addition of entities including Father Pat Jackson House, Intentional Communities of Washtenaw, HelpSource, Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center, Neighborhood Senior Services, WITH Housing, and the Family Assessment Clinic, as he believed strongly in providing the support that good programs needed to continue. He developed and supported innovative programming to those most at risk in our community, and was especially committed to those who had nowhere else to turn. Larry also had a special passion for educating the next generation of social workers, locally at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College and internationally at universities in South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia.
The Voight Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the organization Larry devoted his professional life to:
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
C/O: Development Department
4925 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Recovery Rocks! Enjoy a great day of:
- Live Music
- Bounce House
- Dunk Tank
- Recovery Info Tent
- & so much more!
Date: August 20, 2016
Time: 1 – 7 pm
For band line up and more information, check out Michigan Soberfest on Facebook.
A2 Soberfest, Inc. is a non-profit organization.
Multiple Pathways to Recovery
AA Agnostica – online group for agnostics, free thinkers etc.
- Sober Atheists and Agnostics Mondays 7:30 pm
Washtenaw Community College Business
Education Building Room 140 (Room often changes each semester)
Celebrate Recovery – 12 steps through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Tuesdays 7pm (dinner at 6:30) @ Church of Nazarene 2780 Packard in A2
Refuge Recovery – Buddhist path to recovering from addiction.
- Mondays @ 7:30pm Friends of Little House- 802 N. River St. Ypsilanti RefugeRecoveryA2@gmail.com
SMART Recovery – Secular or non-religious scientific/reason group. Non 12-step group.
- Wednesdays @ 7pm 3820 Packard Rd. Suite 200, Ann Arbor
Dual Diagnosis Focus AA – Open to public
- Wed 5:30-6:30pm CMH building, 2140 E. Ellsworth, Ann Arbor
Co-Occurring Education Lecture series – open to public
- Wed 3:30-4:30pm CMH building, 2140 E. Ellsworth, Ann Arbor
Women for Sobriety – Non 12 step approach. Based upon a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth. Online and potential face to face meetings.
Life Ring – Non 12 step, peer to peer based focusing on self-direction & personal empowerment.
- Thursdays 6:30 8336 Hilton Rd, suite 300 Brighton, Michigan 48114
**ALL MEETINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CHECK WEBSITES FOR DETAILS**
Try them all! Choose your own pathway(s). Make it your Recovery!!
For more info contact Chris O’Droski @ 734-686-4974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faces and Voices of Recovery – National mutual aid resource guide