Unity Park Newsletter Issue 5

 

Unity Park Newsletter

Issue 5:

Spring 2015

My Little Free Libraries

What are My Little Free Libraries?

In partnership with Pontiac Public Library, OTech, Community Housing Network, The Art Experience, and Waterford Wood Shop, we are launching My Little Free Library. It’s a simple and convenient way to read new books and share old ones.

How does it work?IMG_1994

You can take a book and leave behind one if you want to. All books are welcomed, old and new.

Why are Little Libraries important?

  •  Reading develops academic excellence
  •  Reading develops basic speech skills
  •  Reading expands the ways in which you can communicate
  •  Reading increases logical thinking skill
  •      Reading develops the ability to concentrate and focus

Community Housing Network Inc. is deeply saddened to hear about the recent loss of two residents in Unity Park. We would like to give our deepest condolences to the family, friends and neighbors who have been affected by this tragic loss. We know that these situations are unexpected and we would like to offer some available resources to those who need it.

HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader that provides programs to promote violence-free homes and communities and helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 24-HR Crisis & Support 248-334-1274 Toll-Free Crisis Line 877-922-1274 TTY Line 248-334-1290

COMMON GROUND provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths. Call their 24-hour Crisis and Resource Hotline at 1.800.231.1127 for free and confidential counseling, information and referrals.

The OAKLAND COUNTY HEALTH DIVISION provides health services for the public, businesses and educational communities. The Health Division’s 30+ programs/services focus on preventing the spread of disease; ensuring a safe and clean environment; promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; preparing for emergencies; surveillance of disease threats; and ensuring accessibility of health services. 1200 N Telegraph, Bldg. 34 East Pontiac, MI 48341 Phone: 248-858-1280

Community Awareness

The rehab of the home at 171 Willard is com-plete and this home is now for sale to eligible households. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1DQsyfD or call Anita Davis at Community Housing Network at 248-824-7315.

If you see any suspicious activity don’t hesitate to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s office.

Contact Info : Oakland County Sheriff’s Substation 110 E Pike St, Pontiac, MI 48342 Phone: 248-409-7100 Email: ocso@oakgov.com

In partnership with PNC Bank, Community Housing Network is able to print and distribute the Unity Park Newsletter seasonally with the wonderful assistance of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity. It is delivered to the doors of residents in the Unity Park neighborhood and left at local establishments.

To advertise, contribute, or get involved with the production or distribution of this newsletter, contact Unity Park News at 248-824-7391 or UPNews@chninc.net

About the Unity Park Newsletter

Hello! My name is Jarrett Sanders and I have been given the amazing opportunity to serve as your new Community My picRevitalization Coordinator. I’ve always had a passion for giving back to my community through initiatives like mentorship, education, financial stability and education. I have dedicated myself to the prosperity of the citizens of Detroit through my work in community development in various non-profits and I’m excited to do the same for citizens of Pontiac. As the new Community Revitalization Coordinator I’m ready to help build the next generation of leaders by inspiring change and growth among the residents of Unity Park. If I had to choose five words to describe myself I would have to choose: open-minded, dedicated, humble, kind and passionate. Those words sum up who I am and they also start the conversation about why I am now interested in the continued revitalization of Unity Park. When you see me in the neighborhood don’t be afraid to say hello! You can also call me at 248-824-7341 or send me an email at jsanders@chninc.net.

At its most basic level, TimeBanking is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into the TimeBank as a TimeBank hour. Then you have an hour to spend on having someone do something for you. It’s a simple idea, but it has powerful ripple effects in building community connections.

We have a website at www.pontiacsun.org/ where you list what you would like to do for other members. You look up services (both offers and requests) online or call our coordinator at 248-952-8175 to do it for you. You earn TimeBank hours after each service you perform and then you get to spend it on whatever you want from the listings. You even get credit for the community service or volunteering you’re doing now as long as the receiving individual or organization is a TimeBank member! How great is that?

With TimeBanking, you will be working with a group of committed individuals who are joined together for a common good. It connects you to the best in people because it creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. To see what happens each week when you are part of TimeBank is deeply fulfilling, especially if you are helping to make it run.

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