Saturday, April 23, 2016

County Specific Resources


THE RIGHT CONNECTION - A user-friendly directory of free and low-cost services for Macomb County individuals and families. Some unique services are included that are not low-cost.

list of select Macomb County resources, especially DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) resources.

COMMONWEALTH - A website to post community event flyers. 586-954-9817

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GOOD PLACE TO BEGIN - Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties

The county Community Action Agencies are great as a first step when you need help. These agencies provide multiple services: Utility help, eviction help, access to state resources, housing and weatherization programs, Literacy and Education, Computer classes, Financial coaching, Foreclosure intervention, free tax prep, home ownership programs and more. If you call their Call Centers, they will direct you to the help you need. If you need something they don't provide, they have resource navigators with a lot more experience than we have who can connect you to other community resources.

If you are mentoring a senior (60 and above), then it is better to start with the Area Agency on Aging. They have access to a lot of programs to help seniors and will do a thorough accessment of what is available for each person.

Both organizations offer many programs and the qualifications for every program is a little different so they are trained to help individuals find the right resources.

Don't forget you can also call United Way2-1-1  or check their online database:



Macomb Community Action
21885 Dunham Road
Suite 10
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6999
Macomb Community Action has three Community Action Centers. To find which Community Action Center is closest to you, call 586-469-5222 

Macomb County Access Location Area Agency on Aging
39090 Garfield, Suite 102
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
(586) 226-0309
(800) 852-7795
Fax: (248) 262-9971

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency


Central Office
196 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue

 Pontiac, MI 48348-0598
(248) 209-2600
CALL CENTER: (248) 209-2600 or (248) 542-5860

South Office
345 East Nine Mile road
Ferndale, MI 48220

Livingston Office
2300 E. Grand River Auite 107
Howell, MI 48843

Area Agency on Aging 1-B Central Office (Oakland County)
29100 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 357-2255
(800) 852-7795
TTY: (800)-649-3777 (Michigan Relay)
Fax: (248) 262-9971

Lighthouse Emergency Services (LES) branches in Pontiac and Clarkston.  They respond to families and seniors who have an immediate need for food, housing assistance, utility assistance, medical assistance, transportatioin, and assistance with a variety of other crisiss situations. Emergency Assistance/Crisis Resolution  248-920-6100 ext 2200

Lighthouse of Oakland County
46156 Woodward Ave.
Pontiact, MI 48342

Clarkston Office
6330 Sashabaw Rd.
Clarkston, MI 48346

Wayne Metropolitan CAA
7310 Woodward Ave
Suite 800
Detroit, MI 48202
CALL CENTER: 313-388-9799 or 734-284-6999

Detroit Area Agency on Aging: City of Detroit and metropolitan areas including the five Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park annually.
1333 Brewery Park in Detroit.
(313) 446-4444.

Southwest Counseling Solutions
Southwest Solutions offers help in so many areas: couseling and wellness, early childhood, education, homeless services, veteran services, employment, housing and so much more.  
Check their contact page for the various services and phone numbers.
Administration - main office
5716 Michigan Avenue, Suite 3000
Detroit, MI 48210

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Introduction to the Detroit Personal Storehouse Project

Based on the premise that each of us has a personal storehouse of resources that helps us to be successful in life, the Detroit LDS Personal Storehouse Project believes that the abundance of our own personal resources allows us to both care for ourselves and our families and to also serve others.  We hope to help all of our LDS members in the Metro Detroit area to examine their personal storehouses and identify those areas of abundance and those of need.  

If we are honest about our own lives, we recognize that many people provided us with the resources needed to help us become the person we are today.  We also recognize that not everyone begins with equal support systems.  

Our intent is to help those who need such support and who desire to become self-reliant. Mentors help them connect to resources that will enable them to move forward in their lives.

We are blessed by a community that has much help available.  The intent of this blog is to identify those community resources and supply links to those resources.  

Here is a handy reference to the PSP that you can copy and use to illustrate the shelves of the personal storehouse:


 March 7-10, 2014 Elder and Sister Geiger and Elder and Sister Harbertson go to SLC to be trained by the leaders of the Inner City Project.  While there, they stayed at the home of Elder and Sister Gene Moffit, President of the Inner City Mission.

Soon after the project was started, four couples were called as church service missionaries/mentors.

Bishop Rhodenizer of Roseville had a senior couple serving in his ward and got permission to use them also as mentors.  And so the Nobles joined us also.

Soon into the work here we recognized the need for David Zane's expertise.  He has become a part of all of our planning and training.  Since we couldn't compromise his time at work for this task, the stake called him as a Welfare Specialist assigned to the PSP.

 December 2014, Elder Geiger and the Harbertsons went to St. Vincent de Paul to present a $10,000 check from the LDS Humanitarian Fund to Nancy Harmon, director of their dental clinic.

January 14, 2015  Lynn and Loretta Harbertson present check for $11,500 from LDS Humanitarian Fund, to William Jones, Jr, CEO of Focus: HOPE and to Frank Kubik, Director, Commodity Supplemental Food Program.   The money will go to two separate funds: $2500 will help fund next year's Christmas boxes.  $9000 will go toward tuition for their training programs.

January 16, 2015  The Personal Storehouse Project was honored to be visited by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Larry S. Kacher of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy, and Elder Daniel F. Dunnigan, our Area Seventy.

January 2015 we got the good news that Tom and Ina Llewellyn of the Riverview Ward in Westland stake had accepted a call to serve in the Detroit River Branch as PSP mentors. 

March 14 and 15, 2015 - The whole PSP group began a series of four 4 hour trainings with David Zane as our teacher.  We are learning how to be more effective mentors.

We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary!  

January 21, 2016  Initiating a partnership for 2016 with the Gary Burnstein Clinic
located in Pontiac.  Elder and Sister Harbertson deliver a check from the
LDS Humanitarian Fund for $5000, to Justin Brox, Director of Operations.

January 21, 2016  Continuing a partnership for 2016 with the St. Vincent de Paul's
dental clinic located in downtown Detroit.  Elder and Sister Harbertson deliver a check
from the LDS Humanitarian Fund for $10,000 to Nancy Harmon, Dental Director,
and Cajie D'Cunha, Program Director.

The Missionary Force Continues To Grow

Elder and Sister Longhurst  23 Mar 2015 - 23 Sept 2016
Full-time missionaries in the Michigan Detroit Mission
Serving the PSP in the Palmer Park Ward

Elder and Sister Coats 13 Jul 2015 - 13 Jan 2017
Full-time missionaries in the Michigan Detroit Mission
Serving the PSP in the Roseville Ward 

David and Fara Jensen 3 Nov 2015 - 3 May 2017
Church Service missionaries serving in the Palmer Park Ward

Ed and Nancy Barberis 15 Nov 2015 - 15 Nov 2017
Church Service missionaries serving in the Bloomfield Hills YSA Branch 

Dane and Rebecca Parker  15 Nov 2015 - 15 Nov 2017
Church Service missionaries serving in the Sterling Heights Ward

Gordon and Kathlyn Schepke  15 Nov 2015 - 15 Nov 2017
Church Service missionaries serving in the Troy Ward

Daniel and Gustavia Juanita Mensah  21 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2017
Stake Service missionaries serving in the North Shores Ward

Timothy and Valerie Black  1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2018
Stake Service missionaries serving in the Belle Isle Branch

Dave and Marsha Myers  1 Jan 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
Stake Service missionaries serving in the Roseville Ward

Once again the Harbertsons had the pleasure of presenting some money from the Humanitarian Funds to a couple of our community partners.  Pictured below they are presenting $10,000 each to the Gary Burnstein Health Clinic in Pontiac and to the St. Vincent de Paul dental clinic in Detroit.

There are always changes taking place in the Personal Storehouse Project.  Greg and Denise Geiger were released as Directors of the PSP in Sep 2016.  Our new directors are David and Fara Jensen who have been serving as mentors in the Palmer Park ward.  We've lost several missionaries and gained several new.  Here is the group photos from the January 14, 2017 training.

As missionaries leave, new ones join us in our work.  Those pictured below are presently serving and are also seen in the photo above.

L to R:  Elder and Sister Yates (Livonia Ward), Elder and Sister Halliday(Palmer Park),  Elder and Sister Duford, Brother Mayfield (Roseville)

Brother Lokken (Troy), Elder and Sister Giddell (Belle Isle), Elder and Sister Grant (Walled Lake), Brother Coons (Roseville)