Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Franklin Wright Settlements Inc. is a human service agency which began providing service in Detroit in 1881. The agency started as a day nursery to afford working class immigrant families an alternative to leaving children at home while they worked. The agency saw a need in the community and met that need --the result, a better quality of life for Detroit families.
Children have always been the primary beneficiaries of the services provided by Franklin Wright Settlements. Those who have the distinction of benefiting from the myriad of supports offered by Franklin Wright Settlements have been nicknamed "Franklin Kids".
The list of prominent Detroiters who served at Franklin Wright Settlements or who are "Franklin Kids" is impressive. Eleanor and Edsel Ford of the Ford family met at a dance at Franklin Wright Settlements and were later married. Eleanor Ford dubbed Franklin Wright Settlements as one of her favorite charities. Antique furniture donated by Mrs. Ford remains on display at Franklin Wright Settlements today.
Eleanor Roosevelt, during her many visits to Michigan, always included a tour of Franklin Wright Settlements on her itinerary. On many of her visits she was accompanied by Mary McCleoud Bethune. Boxing great Joe Louis trained at Franklin Wright Settlements and his boxing bag and chain are a part of the many great artifacts on the premises.
Coleman A. Young was the first African American child to be admitted to the day nursery of Franklin Wright Settlements. Of course, Coleman Young went on to become a Tuskegee airman and the first African American mayor of Detroit. Throughout his career he remained a staunch advocate of Franklin Wright Settlements.
NBA great George Gervin often called "the Ice Man" grew up as a "Franklin Kid" and honed his basketball skills there as a youngster.
Wayne County Sheriff and current mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon was also a Franklin kid. " I just remember being here all of the time. We would study here, play basketball, attend dances, get our teeth cleaned. You name it, it was here. I have very fond memories of Franklin Wright Settlements. It is very impressive to see that the agency is not only still here but thriving. This is just great for Detroit. "
Franklin Wright Settlements is accredited by the highly regarded Council of accreditation. The agency is led by Monique Marks who serves as the President and CEO. Marks stated "We are a high functioning agency. We have an active, well rounded board. Our staff is committed to the mission and does an exceptional job. I am very proud of how we positively impact lives everyday."
Today, as in the past, Franklin Wright Settlements actively meets the needs of the community. The agency provides services for seniors including respite care, meals, recreation, health and nutrition. For families, in-home counseling and family reunification are also available. Basic needs are provided to those in need of food, shelter and clothing. The agency has an early childhood education program, after school programs, tutorial services, peer mentoring and college readiness programs. Whatever the need in the community, Franklin Wright Settlements is prepared to meet it and improve the quality of life for families.
Franklin Wright Settlements is a 501 © 3 nonprofit corporation. To volunteer or make donations please call 313 579-1000or visit the website at www.franklinwright.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 16:38
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Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:44
Category: Community Written by Cathy Nedd
On October 1 uninsured Michiganders and their families will be able to obtain affordable health care coverage by access the new Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. A central part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace was designed for the uninsured and individuals who purchase their own coverage.
To assist in spreading the word throughout the community about the Marketplace, the Michigan Chronicle is launching a campaign to maximize awareness and educate many who have not previously purchased health insurance about the process and the importance of preventive care.
“For many, purchasing health coverage online will be complicated and confusing,” said Hiram E. Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “As the longtime voice of the community, the Michigan Chronicle is a trusted brand that is uniquely positioned to reach hard-to-reach populations that will benefit from the Marketplace.”
Named the “Got You Covered” campaign, the Michigan Chronicle is mobilizing a small army of community organization partners and trained volunteers to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act, accessing the Health Insurance Marketplace, expanded health care options and information that must be considered while purchasing health insurance.
“Many people have never purchased health insurance before and are likely not familiar with the terminology and details they need to know in making their decisions,” Jackson continued. “Our campaign will work to ensure that everyone can successfully navigate the landscape to ensure better options and better health for our community.”
Promoting Medicaid Expansion is also expected to be an integral part of the campaign. Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage for 470,000 Michiganders who earn less than $15,000 annually. Now back from the summer recess, the state legislature is expected to vote on health care expansion this week.
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. After this period, those who do not have health coverage may be accessed a fee and still continue to pay out-of-pocket for all of their care.
Spearheaded by Cathy Nedd, chief operating officer of the Michigan Chronicle, the campaign will operate via the Michigan Chronicle’s Marketing Services Division.
“I am excited to be a part of helping the community access the necessary coverage to receive health care,” Nedd said. “Urgent care is expensive if paid out-of-pocket. For too long, too many people have used emergency rooms to take care of their health care needs. And they have not been able to get the preventive care that they need, only using the emergency rooms when their situations have become critical.”
Elements of the “Got You Covered” campaign include town hall meetings, educational marketing materials, a special Michigan Chronicle open enrollment tabloid insert, educational videos, digital and social media campaigns, and a church component. The Michigan Chronicle is also recruiting and training volunteers to represent the campaign at churches, clubs, bars, grocery stores, block club meetings and other community gatherings.
Another key element of the campaign is connecting the uninsured with “navigators,” individuals who are unbiased and trained to assist people in “navigating” the new online Health Insurance Marketplace.
The campaign will kick off in late September with a town hall meeting of community and health care industry experts.
For more information about the “Got You Covered” campaign, or to become a community partner or volunteer, contact the Michigan Chronicle at (313) 963-5522.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:28
Category: Community Written by USA Today
LANSING, Mich. — It took two votes and eight hours of mostly closed-door politicking and vote wrangling, but Michigan lawmakers approved a plan late Tuesday to expand Medicaid health care coverage to 470,000 low-income residents.
The historic 20-18 vote in the state Senate makes Michigan the 25th state in the nation to go ahead with the Medicaid expansion as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Five more states are debating the issue and 21 have decided not to go ahead with the expansion.
The plan almost fell apart when Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck decided not to vote the first time the bill came up, leaving it with a 19-18 tally, one vote shy of passage.
A bill needs 20 votes to pass. If Colbeck, an ardent opponent of the expansion, had voted no as expected, a 19-19 tie would have happened. And Lt. Gov. Brian Calley would have had to cast the tie-breaking vote. He was prepared to support the expansion.
But the Senate immediately voted to allow a reconsideration of the vote, and went into recess to see whether they could muster the one vote needed to break the impasse. Several hours later, an amendment was offered, and Republican Sen. Tom Casperson switched his no vote to a yes, giving it a winning 20-18 margin. The amendment basically says that hospitals can't charge Medicaid patients more than 115% of what they charge Medicare patients. Continue To USA Today...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:19
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Charter One has named Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit a 2013 Champion in Action® in the category of Arts & Culture. Mosaic will receive a $35,000 unrestricted grant and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding arts and culture work in the community. Charter One has given more than $600,000 grants and support to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan through its Champions in Action Program, which gives awards for outstanding community service.
“Helping such a creative and talented group like Mosaic is truly gratifying,” said Ken Marblestone, president of Charter One, Michigan and Ohio. “This internationally recognized theater group is a civic gem for Detroit, and they represent all the qualities of a Charter One Champion in Action.”
“With this award, we look forward to working with Mosaic to help carry on and increase their rich tradition of art and culture in Detroit. They are an inspiration and we applaud them for investing their energies so positively and so creatively,” Marblestone said.
As part of the Champions in Action program, nonprofits receive financial, volunteer and public relations support.
Charter One will match funds donated to Mosaic through a month-long viral outreach campaign in October to help support Mosaic’s programs. To celebrate the end of the campaign, Mosaic will host a day-long community “Perform-a-thon” event in which more than 150 young artists will provide approximately 35 free performances at metropolitan Detroit area homeless and domestic abuse shelters, nursing homes, juvenile detention centers, hospitals and other residential facilities on October 26, 2013.
Mosaic, which was founded in 1992, was born out of the need to fill the void in arts education as it had been eliminated in many Metro Detroit schools. The organization provides three tiers of professional arts training split between entry level, intermediate and advanced categories to more than 400 students annually, many from Detroit’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Mosaic’s founder and CEO Rick Sperling said: “We are truly elated to be selected by Charter One as a Champion in Action. This award helps us continue our core-training program which provides young artists with access to professional artists and educators to gain invaluable experience for professional/college development. The award also helps increase our organization’s visibility and grants us the opportunity to have our senior staff interact with the leaders of Charter One. Our entire organization thanks Charter One for this honor.”
As a Champion in Action, Mosaic will receive:
A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Charter One Charitable Foundation.
Volunteer support from Charter One.
The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “president-to-president” mentorship with Charter One President Ken Marblestone, which allows the organization to further hone their partnership skills, corporate business acumen and increase stability and growth.
Extensive public relations support.
Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action® in all Charter One branch DCN screens and on its ATMs.
Exposure on Charter One’s Web site and through its social media platforms.
Launched locally in 2006, Champions in Action is an initiative of Charter One to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to communities in Southeast Michigan. The Champions in Action program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities.
To date, 24 local nonprofits have been recognized and have received over $600,000 in grants and promotional support. This year marks the 11th anniversary nationally of the Champion in Action® program that has provided more than $6 million in support to more than 245 nonprofit organizations throughout the Citizens Financial Group footprint.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:27
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