AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and service in local communities to address pressing and prevalent issues.
The City of Grand Haven has partnered with the Michigan Community Service Commission twice; once in 2008 and again in 2012-13. The program we are currently partnering with is in its fourth year and has 20 members serving across the state of Michigan to help households that are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.
The current members have helped serve local communities by accomplishing the following:
— 2,176 new clients served
— 1,129 follow-ups conducted
— 165 individuals impacted by financial literacy outreach
— 301 community partnerships made
— 531 outreach mailings sent
— 1,268 referrals provided
Jessica Eskridge is currently serving in the City of Grand Haven as an AmeriCorps member. Her main responsibilities include marketing and outreach of the foreclosure prevention services and teaching a financial literacy program. Since her January start date, she has helped increase awareness locally by building relationships with local social service agencies, businesses and churches.
She is also currently designing a financial literacy program that will be implemented to help homeowners overcome financial crisis and prepare future homebuyers for successful homeownership. In addition, Jessica is organizing a Global Youth Service Day event with Grand Haven High School’s InterAct Club.
To learn more about AmeriCorps, check out www.michigan.gov/mcsc.
— Char Seise, Neighborhood Development Coordinator, Grand Haven