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Support for Families of Kids in Special Ed

11/07/17

Support for Families of Kids in Special Ed

Most parents want their kids to have the best education possible with good teachers, a robust curriculum and tutoring and educational guidance to help them be the best they can be. But for parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs, figuring out how to provide their children those educational opportunities can be extra challenging. And that’s where Michigan Alliance for Families comes in. The Michigan Alliance for Families – which is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of Special Education Programs –...

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Restoring Dignity to the Homeless

11/07/17

Restoring Dignity to the Homeless

How can people without a home find dignity in the midst of their struggles? At the Pope Francis Center, it starts with a warm shower, clean clothing and sitting down for a hot meal. The warming center at 438 St. Antoine St. in Detroit is now in its 25th year and serving more homeless people than at any other time in its history. “We provide food, showers, laundry, medical and dental clinics, legal clinics and a host of resources to help people transition out of homelessness,” says Rev. Timothy McCabe, executive director of the Pope Francis Center, which is open 7-11 a.m. Monday-Saturday year-round. In addition to daily services, special programs such as Christmas brunch and a backpack giveaway are also offered. But the center didn’t always have the...

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Too Big. Too Small. Just Right: Picking the College Campus That's Perfect for You

11/07/17

Too Big. Too Small. Just Right: Picking the College Campus That's Perfect for You

A particular school might not make much of an impression online or through its viewbook, but once a student is there for a visit, it could surge to the top of his or her list. While financial aid and academics are important, the campus vibe should feel right for the student as well. A student who wants the intimacy of a small school won't feel comfortable on a campus of 50,000. Someone who wants to see the world outside Detroit might not find Wayne State University or even other in-state universities desirable choices. On the other hand, staying close to home could be a plus, ruling out options more than a one-to-two-hour drive from home. CharMaine Hines, vice chancellor for academic accountability and policy at Wayne County Community College District, notes that some high...

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7 Tips for Transitioning to College

11/07/17

7 Tips for Transitioning to College

For potential students looking to start college years after finishing high school, these tips can help make the transition easier.

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6 Tips for Maximizing Financial Aid

11/07/17

6 Tips for Maximizing Financial Aid

Putting a child through college is an expensive endeavor. With college costs constantly increasing, it only makes sense that many families need to seek out ways to secure as much funding as feasible. You already know the basics: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA), don’t miss the deadlines and so on. But if you’re looking to maximize the financial aid opportunities available to your child, follow these tips from the pros. Submit your application immediately It’s best to turn in your FAFSA right away, says Brian Singleton, vice chancellor of student services at the Wayne County Community College District. “Students should complete their FAFSA as early as possible, preferably prior to March...

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Little Black Dress Charity Soiree Promises a Good Time for an Even Better Cause

11/07/17

Little Black Dress Charity Soiree Promises a Good Time for an Even Better Cause

For 10 years, The Social Connection’s Little Black Dress Charity Soiree has been rounding up metro Detroit’s most generous – and most stylish – for a high-energy evening of fashion, gaming, wine and, most importantly, giving. Regina Stocco, owner of The Social Connection, says attendees can expect "a very fast-paced evening, lots going on." This night of abundance is scheduled for Nov. 17, but the fun isn’t just for fun. In the last several years, a portion of the soiree’s proceeds has been donated to CARE House of Oakland County     https://www.carehouse.org     , an organization that aids victims of child abuse and neglect. Stocco estimates close to $75,000 has been donated so far...

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10 Keys to College Success

11/07/17

10 Keys to College Success

Learn time management “Success in college is about time management,” says Brian Singleton, vice chancellor of student services at the Wayne County Community College District. “Time is the most poorly used asset on campus. Finding it, managing it and using it in a consistent, methodical way is the most important factor in college success.” Schedule your study sessions “Most students begin the new school year with the best intentions and with plans to study more effectively than they may have the previous semester,” says Michelle Hunt Bruner, director of the Academic Success Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. “Unless students set aside dedicated time to review their notes, to read a chapter of their textbook or to begin writing...

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Barbara Willis, Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

11/07/17

Barbara Willis, Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

There were over 14,000 homeless Detroiters in 2016, according to the Homeless Action Network of Detroit. Though that number is down almost 12 percent from 2015, the population is still significant. Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries assists about 43 percent of Detroit’s total homeless population through its various shelters and programs, says COO Barbara Willis. What started out as a soup kitchen in 1909 has grown into one of the largest rescue missions in the country. Last year, the organization served over 4,000 people just through shelters, warming centers and transitional housing. “People used to say that the Detroit Rescue Mission was the best-kept secret. Our president, Dr. Chad Audi, made it a point to bring us back into the community to connect and collaborate...

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The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers Talks 'Soul Food'

11/07/17

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers Talks 'Soul Food'

Asking someone to pass the dressing is as much a tradition as telling a story to pass the time. This is the basic premise of “Soul Food,” the latest in a series of themes presented by the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers in Detroit. "Our mission is global," says Satori Shakoor, executive director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, the nonprofit behind the series, "and it’s to connect, heal and transform the community – and to provide an uplifting, soul-cleansing experience through the art of storytelling." Shakoor curates the events (plus a podcast hosted by WDET) to help storytellers extract the essence of an emotional or funny experience. In many ways, this medium is more intimate than a movie...

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Detroit Rapper Moses the God Talks New Album, Finding Her Voice

11/07/17

Detroit Rapper Moses the God Talks New Album, Finding Her Voice

She’s a woman in a man’s jungle, but rapper Moses The God pounces with a powerful name and grabs hold of you with a sound that manages to be both marketable and unique. The 24-year-old may be small, but she’s fierce. BLAC caught up with MTG just before the release of her sophomore album, With or Without You. BLAC: What can listeners expect from this album? Moses The God: Actual music. Good music. They can expect something different. You probably see my name and expect something else; then you hear me talk. I’m a surprise, but a good surprise. They can expect something they can maybe cry to, dance to, Drake to. It’s a nice mix of things. B: How have you grown musically since your debut, Red Letters? MTG: I’ve grown a lot. This album is...

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