Giving: Why it’s good for us

Giving: Why it’s good for us

Giving and getting holiday gifts. It’s a tradition that we honor in most every household across Michigan, particularly in December. There’s a lot of meaning behind gift-giving. When, why and what we give helps to define relationships, strengthen bonds and provide a sense of belonging to each other, according to psychologists. The practice of giving […]

Problem Solving with Purpose

Problem Solving with Purpose

Today’s students face a lot of competition for their attention both inside and outside the classroom. There’s gaming devices and television, not to mention social media and cell phones. Also adding stress to their young lives are common experiences like peer pressure and the need for acceptance, let alone the everyday challenges they may face […]

Forward Momentum

Forward Momentum

Every movement starts with an idea. In the case of the Flint Forward (#FlintFwd) campaign, the idea was to promote the strength, creativity, and versatility of the community it represents. #FlintFwd began as a social media strategy to inspire a city bombarded by unflattering images and bad news. Flint business owner, investor and champion Jocelyn […]

Busting Blight

Busting Blight

It’s an age-old question in major cities across America – how do you prevent neighborhood decay? While there are no silver bullets or magic wands that solve the problem, communities have traditionally developed their own unique strategies. Whether it’s boarding up doors and windows in dangerous structures or repurposing empty lots, residents are the common […]

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Known as “the General” to friends and close associates, Sandra Patton earned her nickname from leading weekly meetings where she encourages others fighting life’s battles. From Genesee County and beyond, she and a devoted group of participants meet to support those facing adversity and related suffering and discouragement. At home her focus and prayers are […]