Dads play a key role in Flint’s future, local leaders say

Dads play a key role in Flint’s future, local leaders say

A lot has been said about fathers in cities like Flint throughout the years, and not all of it positive. The stereotype of absent dads in many communities can often overshadow the everyday contributions that loving, dedicated men and mentors provide without fanfare or publicity. Flint has no shortage of exemplary fathers and male leaders, […]

Flint launches $200,000 Martin Luther King neighborhood improvement plan

Flint launches $200,000 Martin Luther King neighborhood improvement plan

Residents and businesses along the Martin Luther King Avenue corridor might be feeling some positive vibes this week. Since the April 27 launch of the first “MLK Springtime Pop-Up” celebration, the City of Flint’s $200,000 scheduled enhancement of Martin Luther King from Welch Boulevard to Carpenter Road has boosted optimism. “The MLK Springtime Pop-Up event […]

MADE Institute expands its proven rehabilitation programs

MADE Institute expands its proven rehabilitation programs

Homes mean hope for many formerly incarcerated men and women. The need for stable housing is always a priority for anyone recently released from prison, including those from Flint and Genesee County. Flint’s MADE Institute has expanded its mission to support returning citizens through job training, education and mentoring to include providing a safe place […]

A SAGE approach to promoting healthy neighborhoods

A SAGE approach to promoting healthy neighborhoods

A safe community means a more healthy community, Flint wellness advocates say. The Crim Fitness Foundation’s Safe & Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) coalition works to promote neighborhoods that encourage physical movement. The collaboration that began in 2007 combines support from 25 community organizations, block associations, small businesses, medical, transportation and academic agencies working to […]

Growing numbers of Flint’s young people are chasing their business dreams

Growing numbers of Flint’s young people are chasing their business dreams

Deijana Rhodes is a straight-A student at Mott Community College and a manager at McDonald’s, but her mom calls her by another title. “‘You’re a go-getter.’ That’s her favorite line around the house,” says Rhodes, 19. One in a growing number of Flint-area entrepreneurs younger than 30, Rhodes doesn’t disagree. Like the ambitious woman who […]

Gambling and its challenges will be addressed at March 1 conference

Gambling and its challenges will be addressed at March 1 conference

A problem affecting Michigan communities will be addressed in a daylong conference March 1 in metro Detroit. “Gambling: How Do You See It?” is the theme of an 11th annual held at Novi Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human […]

Reclaiming Health: Innovative program delivers contagious benefits

Reclaiming Health: Innovative program delivers contagious benefits

He had enjoyed just two months of freedom. A man recently released from prison became a resident of the MADE Transitional House for Flint returning citizens last year, but he began suffering from health issues. “Immediately when he came to the house we noticed some things about him. He was holding his stomach” in pain, […]

Souping things up can help get children more interested in cooking

Souping things up can help get children more interested in cooking

“Soup’s on!” is an old saying that’s often used at meal time. But, in many families, children don’t show interest in the how the soup – or any other dish – gets from the kitchen to the dinner plate. That’s why school systems, like Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD), provide nutrition education in classrooms. When […]

Flint soccer franchise salutes city’s history with new name and look

Flint soccer franchise salutes city’s history with new name and look

The former Michigan Bucks, regarded as the most successful franchise in the former Premier Development League’s history, will compete as the Flint City Bucks this year. A name-change announcement for the soccer club that will call downtown Flint’s Atwood Stadium their home field was held at Ferris Wheel Jan. 30. More than 1,000 online entries […]

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