Eskridge works for Grand Haven’s Neighborhood Housing Services through the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps — an AmeriCorps program working on issues from housing need, education and problems facing senior citizens.
The Tri-Cities also has an AmeriCorps member through the Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes.
Neighborhood Development Coordinator Char Seise said it’s the first time the area has had AmeriCorps members providing their services. The impact of Eskridge’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Eskridge does the same work as a full-time employee but at a lower pay rate in the form of a stipend. It is partially paid for by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Seise said.
Eskridge said her services allow companies the same type of work by an employee, but at a lower rate. When Eskridge worked with a school in Detroit by tutoring at-risk students, she said her services filled a void where the school couldn’t afford to pay others.
“Every non-profit is struggling right now,” she said.
A 2007 Grand Haven High School graduate, Eskridge said there are benefits such as deferring student loan payments and the opportunity to earn scholarships toward tuition that come from her job.
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