The Marnee & John DeVine Foundation’s 4th annual Cooking for a Cause fundraiser will be here before you know it!
Competing chefs lead a team of community leaders to bring you mouthwatering entrees in a fierce competition. Who determines the top chef of the pack? You do! Tickets are $150 per person, and all proceeds support CSSW. Taste your way through Washtenaw’s finest fares, and support the life-changing work we do here at CSSW every day!
Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Valley at Frutig Farms
7650 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor 48103
This event is made possible with the help of a committee dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of our community. By joining us for Cooking for a Cause 2018, you help:
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Questions? Contact the CSSW Development team at 734-971-9781 x313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The problems our clients experience are rarely simple ones with easy answers or easy solutions. Not all of our clients are sympathetic, nor do they always demonstrate great judgment. Often, they don’t have great options or choices.
Denise, for example, was overwhelmed with her life. She was separated from her husband who was abusive to her and her twin daughters. But he made a decent living, and he was better than she was at talking with social workers and police officers. He made a persuasive case that Denise was abusive and too “crazy” to be taken seriously. Sometimes, Denise thought he must be right. She was convinced she couldn’t make it on her own.
Thanks to her husband’s manipulations, Denise came to CSSW with a domestic violence charge against her and a court mandate for counseling. Lacking confidence, she didn’t present her case well in court. But she was determined to “just get through it” and get her life back on track. It isn’t unusual for the perpetrators of domestic violence to claim innocence, but Denise was different. Intensive counseling revealed the level of abuse she and her daughters suffered, as well as the necessity of a plan for her family. How else would her children ever feel safe and make sense of their lives?
Denise’s counselor at CSSW helped her understand that “just getting through it” wasn’t enough—she and her children deserved more. For the first time, someone believed her story, and together they worked to understand it. Despite her terror and lack of faith in the process, Denise began to identify the cycle of abuse, confront her problems, work with Friend of the Court, and improve her parenting skills. It was a very slow process, but a life-changing one. Denise is moving forward—gaining strength and purpose and building a better life for her family.
Livingston County Offender Success is bringing the joy of gardening to its returning citizens. The garden was built at one of the transitional houses that keep returning-citizens safe and off the streets. Staff from Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County worked with multiple agencies in Livingston County to make the garden possible. A $100 Meijer gift card donation from Gleaners Community Food Bank paid for tools, seeds, seedlings, and fencing to keep critters out of the garden.
The Gleaners Community Food Bank Community-Garden Coordinator, Courtney, worked closely with Tiffany Snay, CSSW’s Livingston County Offender Success Resource Specialist, to plan a day to dig the garden. Courtney even provided a rototiller to prep the land. Unfortunately, when the big “dig day” came, said rototiller stopped working.
But that didn’t stop the aspiring farmers living at the transitional house. They just grabbed some shovels and got to work. Together, the men created a garden bed—a little space for something new to grow. They planted Nasturtium (edible flowers!), peas, green beans, okra, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, arugula, swiss chard, and a variety of herbs—right along with their hopes for a better tomorrow.
But the local groundhogs seemed to have other plans. Fearing their garden would be compromised at its roots, the gardeners reached out to their network of resources to obtain two traps. The groundhogs were safely caught and re-settled at Kensington Metropark.
St. Agnes’ parish in Fowlerville heard about the Offender Success garden through staff from the Gleaners Community Food Bank, and have since expressed interest in funding the program so it can expand! Any overflow produce from the garden will be donated to one of the numerous produce stands in Livingston County. Next on the gardeners’ wish list: a rain barrel to minimize water cost.
The Livingston Offender Success garden is maintained by residents at the house. Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County operates the Offender Success programs for Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe counties. Offender Success is a statewide collaborative with the mission to significantly reduce crime and enhance public safety through structured community engagement and opportunities. Learn more about our Offender Success program here:
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Birth Mother’s Day 2018 was a wonderful success! Over 50 guests enjoyed the fun, food, and camaraderie of this very special celebration. And we couldn’t have done it without the help of our hard-working staff, volunteers, and sponsors.
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