Flint Cares was created out of the Flint Water Recovery Group as a way to provide Flint residents with the most accurate, up-to-date and trust worthy information regarding the water crisis.
The Flint Water Recovery Group, also known as the Community Partners Group, is a partnership of the more than 120 non-profits, churches, grass-root organizations, individuals and residents that are working together to create short, intermediate, and long term solutions related to the crisis.
The partnership consists of five work-groups: Behavioral Health (also known as the Flint Resiliency), Physical Health, Communications, Education and Recovery Resources.
The following organizations are involved in Flint Cares:
Adventist Community Services
• Adventist Community Services (ACS) is the humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United States and Bermuda. ACS includes: Disaster Response (ACS DR), Adventist Care Network (ACCN), Youth Empowered to Serve, Tutoring and Mentoring, Elder Care, and Community Development/ Inner City
• ACS DR responds to the needs of people in time of disaster through the volunteer network by working in warehouses, donation centers, and distribution centers by managing and volunteering.
• ACS DR cooperates in this program, giving their time, talents, money and goods to the survivors in cooperation with the appropriate government and other voluntary agencies.
AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults win back opportunity by focusing on the critical interrelated areas of hunger, income, housing and isolation.
• Providing our participants in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) with information regarding lead testing and water and food distribution sites
• Working on proto-type for window placards to be placed in window if delivery is needed (avoiding duplication of effort)
• Providing manpower for water and food distribution through our community non-profit and governmental agency partners
American Red Cross
• Red Cross has been distributing water, water filters, testing kits and educational materials to the residents of Flint.
-Early on in the operation, the Red Cross staffed points of distribution sites located throughout the city.
-The Red Cross mobilized emergency response vehicles and box trucks to provide high volume mobile distribution during January & February.
-Currently, the Red Cross maintains capacity to provide mobile distribution to individuals with access and functional needs.
• Participating and supporting the Community Partner Recovery Group
• Collaboration with USPHS and Genesee Health Systems to facilitate Red Cross Psychological First Aid training for community leaders
• Partnered with United Way to operate the Community Volunteer Reception Center which continues to process volunteer groups as well as individual volunteers.
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
• Organized a bus and van with over 65 Volunteers
• We distributed water to over 800 homes
• We focused on section 8 housing: Evergreen Regency Townhomes and Rollingwood Manor
• We partnered with Islamic relief and Michigan Muslim Community
• Distributing water daily at its Center for H ope and North End Soup Kitchen .
• We continue to serve meals an d provide personal hygiene items daily as well.
• Catholic Charities is also serving as a main donation drop – off point for all donations coming into the city and is working with the Red Cross and United Way to provide daily volunteering opportunities.
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan (Contact – Katie Forsyth) and Episcopal Relief and Development are partnering with the following sites:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Contact – The Rev. Dan Scheid
• Water distribution at community meals and by request
• Weekly Tuesday lunch with specialized diet aimed at combating effects of lead
• A community partner with Flint Power to Thrive advocacy coalition
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church & Soup Kitchen; Contact – The Very Rev. Jay Gantz
• Meals served three times per week with a specialized diet aimed at combating effects of lead
• Water distribution in conjunction with soup kitchen meals and by request
Christ Enrichment Center; Contact – Danielle Brown
• Friday grocery giveaways with foods chosen specifically to combat effects of lead
• Water distribution site
• Expanded literacy and family wellness programs
• Cooking classes at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in partnership with Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries featuring foods that help to combat the effects of lead
• Water crisis counseling location
Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries; Contact – Craig Leavitt
• Water distribution site
• Food pantry stocked with specialized foods to combat effects of lead poisoning
• Expanded cooking classes at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in partnership with Christ Enrichment Center featuring foods that help to combat the effects of lead
Communication Access Center
• Advocating to community partners the necessity of making sure Deaf, Deaf, Blind and Hard of Hearing individuals are not forgotten. Raising awareness!
• Provide information and methods to help community partners work with deaf individuals more efficiently and effectively.
• Providing accessible information, water and filters to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who come to our agency and other places where deaf people meet.
• Hosting our first information session to the Deaf Community at the Flint Association for the Deaf on Friday, Feb 19th from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sign Language Interpreters will be provided.
• Attended PFA training with three members of our organization
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
• Established Flint Child Health and Development Fund … a charitable fund that will provide flexible resources for the long-term needs of Flint’s children and families.
• 20 years of resident engagement work through our Neighborhoods Small Grants program.
• Access to healthy food initiative, our regional food navigator is working with five action teams with a focus on getting healthy food in the bodies of Flint’s children.
Community Resolution Center
• The Community Resolution Center gives people a better way to solve disagreements: one that is peaceful and constructive; one that requires fewer public resources and more personal accountability.
• The Community Resolution Center provides mediation and facilitation services at low and no cost for the following counties: Genesee, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and Saginaw.
• Our mediation services help people communicate and solve problems together.
Christ Enrichment Center
Contact Information- Executive Director: Danielle Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Administrative Assistant: Toni Smith (email@example.com)
322 East Hamilton Ave
Flint, Michigan, 48505
Phone #: 810-239-9425
Fax #: 810-239-9630
Christ Enrichment Center shows its support to the Greater Flint community and beyond by continuing to partner with different organization outside and inside our community. In efforts to address the Flint water crisis, in October of 2015 at CEC, The Diocese of Eastern Michigan in partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Crossover Outreach Ministries, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church were provided with $10,000 for the purchase of filters and water distribution. In addition to water distribution CEC provides space for Water Crisis Counseling provided by Genesee Health System. Food and water are basic needs in times like this and Christ Enrichment Center has been able to play a significant role in addressing the water crisis by providing water distribution, storage, and overall awareness. We have also been a water crisis donation site for companies and organization such as:
• Pure Bliss Salon and Spa- Water Donation
• Grace Episcopal church- Food and Water
• Brandeis University- Wipes and Floss
• Junior Barnes Foundation, Cleveland, OH- Water Donation and Distribution
• University of Chicago- Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Donation
• Brooklyn, NY Grade School- Water Donation
• Trinity Episcopal Church- Alpena- Water Donation
Disability Network of Michigan
• Providing reliable, credible information: track & post updated water information to all staff, partners & customers (lobby, staff meetings, e-mails, newsletters, website & social media)
• All TDN Programs: water issue conversations with all inquiries, outreach to TDN program participants (NFT, Ramps, Technology, Employment, Youth) and all TDN customers (including non-Flint residents)
• TDN Customers: Staff & volunteer outbound calls (water, filter & testing)
• Promote Accessible Communications (print, electronic & meetings): Deaf: Closed Captioning, sign language certified interpreters Blind/Visually Impaired: Text, Braille & Large Print, Contrast Cognitive/LD: simple language
• Continued Spotlight on Vulnerable Populations: Advocate for response to vulnerable populations with functional limitations Seniors, disability, literacy, etc. Create a TDN emergency water response team
• Respond to requests: FEMA, Homeland Security, ACL, Congress, State
• Organize the Disability Community Response (be at every table): Disability representation at all community meetings Recruit and host all disability organizations/agencies to develop a collective message
• Promote long term, sustainable services-opportunities-hope: Our focus continues to be on:
• Immediate Accessible Emergency Response Actions – accessible communications, water distribution, transportation, filters and testing.
• Preparation and Planning for Long Term Solutions – engagement, leadership, accessible communications, water resources, education, unique mental & physical health needs, accessible infrastructure and economic development.
• Changing the Fear/Stigma of Disability – from pity and victim to engagement and access for all.
• Promoting a Hopeful Future for Flint Citizens with Disabilities
Family Service Agency of Mid Michigan
• Focus on seniors – home bound and foster grandparents that provide service to children.
• Directing disaster relief to vulnerable communities
• Building collaborative multi-sector partnerships
• Designing critical public health education campaigns
• Mobilizing RRST – Rapid Response Service Teams
• Crisis response at ground, agency, and policy level
• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the designated lead federal agency responsible for the federal government’s response and recovery efforts in Flint.
• HHS is coordinating activities on the ground in Flint with several federal agencies. These include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture.
• The federal government recognizes that the crisis in Flint involves many challenges. The federal response began with the water supply, but includes many other activities. It is a holistic response:
-Testing children for lead exposure and related health problems
-Long-term case management for children with health problems related to lead
-Providing immediate access to safe water
-Ensuring the safety of the public and rebuilding confidence in the water supply
-Understanding and addressing immediate health needs from potential lead exposure
-Investigating cases of rash illness
-Funding programs that will increase access to medical care and nutritious food
-Providing psychological first aid training to members of the community, so they can help other community members with behavioral health concerns
-Providing SBA low-interest disaster loans to local businesses
The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
• Participating in and promoting the Flint Small Business Assistance Forum on Feb. 18. The forum will provide access to programs and services that can help Flint businesses recover from the water emergency.
• Distributing free bottled water to businesses on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9-11 a.m., at the Genesee Packaging facility at
1611 James P. Cole Blvd., Flint.
• Connecting businesses impacted by the water crisis to key resources, such as the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Business Recovery Center.
• Providing up-to-date information and working to develop consistent community wide messaging, communications and marketing to shift public sentiment.
Flint Community Schools
• Bottled water distribution to all Flint Community Schools.
• Distribution of Zero Water pitcher filters & replacement filters to Flint Community Schools, local charter and non-public schools, and GISD Head Start.
• Water testing and fixture replacement collaboration with DLARA and MDEQ.
• Development of lead awareness curriculum for District students.
• Lead awareness initiatives for District parents, teachers and staff.
• School nutrition program enhancements (e.g. USDA’s school breakfast and lunch program menus and “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable” program)
Flint Neighborhoods United is a coalition of block club, neighborhood association and crime watch captains and presidents (or their designated representative) who come together on the first Saturday of each month to share information and leverage their resources to create positive change in the Greater Flint community. The group’s focus is from a city-wide perspective versus the focus of the individual members of a specific neighborhood or area within the city.
The group has three goals. They are:
1. Improve communication among and between stakeholders at all levels.
2. Create and maintain an environment that supports safe and healthy neighborhoods
3. Re-establish a city-wide sense of community with a shared responsibility.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
• Has 145 partner agencies and program sites in Flint engaged in mission with church pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers and programs for children that include Head Start and after-school meals along with weekend meals with the backpack program
• Started distributing water in September and as of February 16th, has distributed over 3.57 million bottles of water
• Working with 40 sites per week for water distributions
• Averaging 37 semi-trailers of water per week – 54,432 cases per week distributed
• Moving into Mobile Nutrition Deliveries that will deliver over 100 truckloads of vitamin-rich foods to Flint neighborhoods
Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative
• water distribution/water deliveries
• Baby supplies
• Community meeting
• Insurance enrollment
• Flu shot
Genesee County Health Department
• Developed PSA TV commercial campaign with the assistance of abc 12 regarding lead screenings. Lead awareness PSA will air on abc12, Me TV and Weather Nation, and abc12’s social media through the end of April and longer if necessary.
• Scheduled Genesee County Health Department, Health Officer, Mark Valacak for an interview on abc12. Mark promoted upcoming lead clinics, specifically, Saturday, March 19’s clinic at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.
• Scheduled media for all lead clinics, including March 19th lead clinic.
• Continue to promote lead awareness and lead clinics on GCHD’s website and social medial channels.
• Collaborated with USDA and WIC representatives to discuss breastfeeding, formula, lead nutrition mitigation education.
Mormon Helping Hands
• About 200″Mormon Helping Hands” passed out a semi load of water to several streets in the city of Flint on Saturday, Feb 13.
Genesee Intermediate School District
• Securing grant funds to expand early-on services to children ages 0 to 3.
• Enhancing existing nutrition services and grants with a supplemental nutrition program providing nutrient dense snacks to students living in Flint during their school day.
• Distributing bottled water to students and their families, utilizing bottled water in GISD programs located in Flint.
• Developed “Supporting Children and Families” ten step water safety and education materials.
• Provide parent information sessions in Early Childhood Centers including water safety, signs to watch for in children and working with teachers and pediatricians, nutrition education, installation of water filters.
• Working with Michigan Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional Great Start and Head Start slots for children.
• Working to add psychologist, school nurses, health consultant, other staff to support
• Utilizing volunteers, distributing water to families on weekends.
Genesee Health System
• Organizing PFA trainings for the community
• Providing water crisis counseling sites
• Convening the BH work groups and engaging
Greater Flint Health Coalition:
• Coordinating joint response efforts relative to the medical / health response areas with local healthcare provider institutions, physicians, insurers, and non- profits, as well as state and federal agencies.
• Expanding the Genesee Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) to ensure all children have access to a medical home (“primary care physician”) as well as linkages to supportive services including transportation, patient navigation, parent education, case management, and nutrition.
• Collaborating locally with Genesee Health System, Mott Children’s Health Center, health systems, state and federal agencies to pursue a federal waiver to expand Medicaid eligibility and provide targeted case management services to all residents 21 and under.
• Developing strategies and infrastructure to create a longitudinal health record for all children in partnership with the area healthcare providers and Great Lakes Health Connect, a long-term partner in Flint and the largest health infor- mation exchange (HIE) in Michigan.
• Leading the ongoing development of response strategies with a number of community partners in the areas of education, nutrition, and health/medical as well as the “physical health” point of recovery group.
Hamilton Community Health Network
• HCHN is part of a national network of primary care centers called Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or (Section 330E) aimed at improving health services for inner city populations. These centers provide comprehensive care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.
• Hamilton is also receiving Health Care for the Homeless funding which allows them to completely wave patient’s costs for those who find themselves homeless. In addition, HCHN offers a multitude of services such as family planning, immunizations for children and adults, pregnancy testing and counseling and pediatric services through certified staff that are dedicated to the management of chronic and acute disease, oral health management, health promotion and disease prevention in an area of the city that lacked access to medical care.
• Hamilton is well equipped to aid in lead testing and for community residents during this crisis as well as act as a community resource for health education for Flint residents as they recover from this horrific disaster.
• HCHN is open and eager for suggestions on other ways their clinics may be of service to the community.
Hurley Medical Center
• Hurley Medical Center is a 443-bed premier public teaching hospital recognized as a regional leader in advanced specialized health care. As the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, the region’s only Burn Unit, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Emergency Department, Hurley continues to honor its commitment to provide the highest level of critical care and compassion to those who need us most, 24/7.
• Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital formed the Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure, with the overarching goal of helping all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. The initiative is led by Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. The Pediatric Public Health Initiative brings together experts in pediatrics, child development, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, toxicology, geography and education, and includes the Genesee County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Ser- vices and MSU Extension. The intent is to address the Flint population-wide lead exposure from multiple fronts and provide the tools and resources for the assessment, continued research and monitoring, and interventions necessary for improving children’s health and development.
• Hurley Community Wellness dietitians have been providing cooking demonstrations at the Flint Farmers’ Market (in partnership with MSU-Extension) focusing on recipes with foods high in Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. The goal is to try to mitigate the effects of lead by providing outreach, education, healthy recipes along with food samples. Demonstrations at other community locations are underway, including: Bethel United Methodist Church and Hamilton Clinic.
• Hurley/YMCA Wellness Hub at the Flint Farmers’ Market provides recipe booklets and other reliable health information; hosting GCHD on Saturdays at the Hub to provide additional water-related information.
• Nutrition Counseling at the Hurley Children’s Center for children during their well-child visits ( prescriptions for fruits/vegetables to be redeemed at FFM produce vendors for $5 worth of produce)
• Partner with Community Foundation of Greater Flint regarding creation of Flint Child Health & Development Fund. Funds raised go to assist local families effected short and long term by Flint water crisis. Visit flintkids.org for more information. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is closely involved in creation, direction and dissemination of funds raised.
• Continues to deliver to the Flint Public Housing complexes, as well as several Section 8/subsidized housing complexes.
• In addition, we are working out a strategy to hire up to 20 local residents to continue distributing to these locations on our behalf.
• Supplied a total of 216,000 bottles of water during the month of February
Lions Club International
• Supplying water and filters
Mass Transit Authority
• Transportation of volunteers to distribution sites
• Water distribution
• Filter distribution
• Storage of Emergency vehicle
Metro Community Development
• Water storage for distribution at Oak Business Center.
• Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Counseling for families.
• Under our Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) we have staff helping residents in Ward 1 and Ward 3 in connecting them with resources such as access to water and filters, plumbers to change faucets, ask a lawyer forum on housing law and family law issues in partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.
• Partnered for set up of SBA to assist small businesses with loans, specifically for working capital at Oak Business Center.
• We are working with MEDC to provide business loans in the City.
• We are currently working on seeking resources through Federal Home Loan Bank, beginning in April, to assist with replacement of plumbing in homes for homeowners.
• Coordinating with homeless provider organizations for any assistance.
Mott Children’s Health Center
• Dr. Reynolds, President of Mott Children’s Health Center, was appointed to the Governor’s Flint water advisory taskforce and the Interagency Coordinating Committee
• Supporting Tamara Sampson is a member of Flint Resilience committee for stress management
• Coordinating with the United Way, Genesee County Health Department, Red Cross, MTA, Flint Schools, GCARD, MDHHS, Greater Flint Health Coalition, City of Flint etc. since September in developing a response plan and determining funding streams and distribution processes for filters and bottled water.
• Determining the best way to respond and coordinate the response to the current crisis.
• Developed a protocol which assists our patients, who have lead exposure concerns, to internal lead education resources and to community lead assistance/education resources.
Michigan State University Extension
• Food preservation classes and Serv-Safe classes.
• Presentation on gardening concerns and lead soils at Carriage Town Ministries this week. Providing presentations on Gardening and Flint water for the Master Gardeners so they are able to answer questions for the public. In addition, I am working on a presentation on reducing Risks while gardening in high lead soils, to be shared to all Master Gardener coordinators state- wide.
• Launched the Fight Lead Exposure website, http://msue.msu.edu/lead, as an informational resource hub for people to learn about lead, including the risks and what to do if they, a young child or a loved one has been exposed to lead.
• Edible Flint, a local nonprofit organization housed with MSU Extension and focused on supporting Flint residents in growing and accessing healthy food, is expanding its soil testing pro- gram (includes screening for lead) to include all food gardens within the City of Flint, offering hose end filters for irrigation, and adding additional lead fighting veggies to its Garden Starter kits to reassure Flint’s gardeners that urban gardens are safe. http://www.edibleflint.org/ ; 810-244-8530.
• MSUE offers nutrition education series for the community for free. This is something we have done for decades but have adjusted to focus on key nutrients- iron, calcium, vitamin C. We are partnering to do food demonstrations at the Flint Farmers’ Market, focusing on these ingredients.
• In the process of hiring 3 new staff to expand our out- reach and capacity to deliver more cooking demonstrations throughout Flint. One of these positions will focus on working with child care providers to improve their environment related to nutrition and physical activity.
Michigan Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
• The more than 40 member organizations of the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (list at MCIRR.org) advocated with the state to ensure that immigrants would have access to information and services.
• In response to our advocacy the state eliminated the requirement that people present photo ID to access water and filters. This helped not only immigrants who are not eligible for state ID, but also many other Flint residents without ID. The state also increased efforts to disseminate information in languages other than English.
• The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, together with the ACLU of Michigan, continues to advocate for access to health coverage for residents of Flint who are noncitizens. The state has indicated that it will use the Medicaid program, but many noncitizens, both documented and undocumented, would not be eligible for care through that program and will need alternative services.
Child Care Network is the Great Start to Quality Resource Center, and is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the success of children, families, and our community through quality child care education, advocacy, and family support. CCN has served the Southeast Michigan community since 1971 by helping families find child care; helping high need families pay for child care and helping early learning professionals provide quality child care. CCN is supporting the youngest Flint citizens through the water crisis in the following ways:
• Provide child care scholarships to help children attend quality child care programs, and provide links to help families access free preschool options.
• Partner with local and national organizations to deliver water and nutritional kits to child care programs (licensed center, licensed homes and unlicensed providers).
• Provide Child and Adult Care Food Program supports to help child care programs provide nutritious meals to the children in their care.
• Provide training, resources and on-site consultation for early childhood educators around the impacts of lead on child development and to help overcome/reduce the barriers as a result of lead exposure.
• Distribute age appropriate research based nutrition information and classroom materials to in home child care providers.
• Support providers in understanding mandated reporter requirements and how to support families with do- mestic violence issues.
• Partner with local hospitals/health care providers to help services, assessments, and home nurse visits reach private child care programs.
• Provide links to psychosocial/mental health/Early On supports for child care programs.
• As a Michigan Benefits Access Navigation partner, assist families with applying for DHHS services.
• Provide parent resource computers for parents to use.
• Provide lending library for child care programs and parents to check out developmentally appropriate materials and resources.
National Association of Social Workers
• Members of the NASW-Michigan members started a group called “Crossing Water.”
• We have volunteer crews of social workers who have partnered with a canvassing operation to identify immediate needs in the most distressed neighborhoods.
• Volunteer crews are dispatched whenever the canvassers identify immediate needs (water, filters, filter installation, mental health referrals, baby formula, baby wipes, plumbing issues, etc.).
• Every week we meet more people who have needs that are not being met, not because the local agencies aren’t trying, but because this is an overwhelming issue of great magnitude.
• We are targeting families with young children, pregnant mothers, elderly, homebound, undocumented citizens, low-income residents.
• Our goal since we got involved has been to identify gaps and fill them. When we can’t address a concern immediately we provide education and refer out.
• On the policy level we have been in support of legislation directing funding at Flint.
• We are also in the process of drafting a list of recommendations, from a social work lens, to use to lobby policymakers to provide additional resources.
• Being a statewide member agency, our goal is to provide sup- port where needed. We are not all residents of Flint, but we have members and clients in Flint. We have a mission of social justice and stand in solidarity with partner agencies and residents of Flint.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church
• Distributing water daily from 10:00-2:00
• Delivering water to senior citizens
• Assisting churches with water distribution
Region 3 Healthcare Coalition:
• Region 3 Healthcare Coalition (R3HCC) promotes the coordination of an “all hazards” emergency healthcare preparedness program that collaborates with area hospitals, EMS and other health providers including behavioral health and long term care.
• Region 3 provides assistance to these regional partners with facility planning, prevention, response and recovery efforts before, during and after a disaster or other significant emergency event.
• R3HCC serves a 14 county area in Michigan’s Thumb, and includes Flint and Genesee County.
• Most recently, R3HCC has partnered with Genesee Health System to provide Psychological First Aid training courses to Flint area professionals working with the victims of the Flint water contamination issue. To date over 100 Flint area service providers have been given training on this valuable approach to help children and adults in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis.
• R3HCC receives funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, through a federal award from the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Salvation Army
• Referring volunteers from our volunteer data base to help distribute water, filters and test kits via the Volunteer Reception Center;
• Supported feeding of general volunteers at the EOC site seven days a week. We are currently feeding between 50-60 persons on a daily basis.
• We are supporting food supplies for the Southern Baptist Disaster Services for their breakfast and supper in addition to lunches that are served via EOC.
• Our Social Service Staff continue to help people with water bills with past due notices .
2nd Chance Church
• Passed out an average of 60 pallets of water per week since January 19th.
• Pastor Aldridge and the Church receives 40 pallets per week from the food bank. We have received water from Raleigh and Greensboro N.C.(1500 cases), as well as Memphis, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit, Battle Creek, Ann Arbor and Sterling Heights.
• Our main distribution days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. We sometimes do Saturdays on a limited basis. We have joined the Resource Group and would like to become a Hub in the 3rd ward.
Mission: Children’s Health Fund delivers high-quality health care to under served children across the country.
• In February, Children’s Health Fund brought a fully equipped mobile medical clinic to Flint be used locally as long as needed.
• We have recently partnered with Genesee Health System, who is using the clinic for outreach, education, testing, and a way to engage hard to reach populations and connect them to full medical home services. This is a community-driven, collaborative, integrated initiative designed to support the local health care infrastructure in providing high quality services to the kids of Flint and their families.
• We continue to meet with community representatives to assess other potential ways we can be of support.
University of Michigan Flint
• Along with the Computer Science Department and a colleague from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Outreach is working on a mobile app for Android for services related to the crisis, such as water and water filter distribution, recycling loca- tions, blood testing locations, etc.
• Outreach is working with student groups on campus to organize a recycling challenge with the local higher education institutions
• The chancellor appointed Outreach to handle request from campus/community.
• Course work is being done around the water crisis, some of which is being coordinated by University Outreach, including work with our Communications Department faculty and students and the JIC regarding crisis communications
• Outreach is aligning volunteer programs to deal with the water crisis. For example, Service Saturdays.
• Hosting the Flint Water Crisis Course open to all Community members.
• Engaging in evaluation and assessment activities to determine needs for long-term action.
• Faculty and student led health education and volunteer services.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint
• UUCF congregation approved a multi point Resolution Calling for Redress of Grievances pertaining to water crisis.
• UUCF partners with community organizations for water distribution, canvassing, protest rallies and related activities during this crisis.
• UUCF sanctions ministerial time and work on Flint wide community engagement during this water and infrastructure crisis.
Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church
• Launched eight neighborhood “Water Crisis” Resource Centers located in each of the United Methodist Churches through out the City of Flint. Each of these Resource Centers is equipped to provide free Water Filtration Systems, Replacement Filters and Zero- Water Filtration Pitchers to our community.
• Providing water testing kits issued by the City of Flint/State of Michigan to promote residential water testing.
• All churches are distributing water to the community.
• Providing safe water literature, healthy dietary information , Lead FAQ Info and h ow -to-contact info to the public .
• Actively engaging with our community agencies (Partners) and other ecumenical churches and associations to share resources and coordinate efforts.
United Way of Genesee County
• Supporting United Way Grantees as they provide relief to the community
• Funding and serving as the liaison for the 211 call center
• Partnering with the Red Cross to operate the Community Volunteer Reception Center
• Purchasing and distributing emergency and recovery response items
• Leading and supporting the water recovery workgroups
• Responsible for NCCC activities
• Supporting the EOC
Universal Kidney Foundation
Supporting Flint through the water crisis by providing the following:
• Health and nutrition education
• Providing water and water filters to homebound individuals with kidney disease or kidney related diseases (also to anyone homebound that contacts us)
• Provision of multiple resources to homebound individuals or connecting them with community partners ( currently providing)
• Transportation for testing
• Technology to track any individuals blood levels after they have been tested regularly with UKF
Valley Area Agency on Aging provides services for the elderly and disabled to allow them to remain independent in their homes. We have been working multiple entry points to ensure that senior needs are being met.
• We service over 2000 homebound seniors in Genesee County through various programs
• Called every participant enrolled in any of our programs to check on their wellness and access to water.
• Delivered water and filters to many homebound participants dating back to 2015
• Follow up calls to all participants to ensure they received a delivery of water and filters
• Keeping website and social media up to date with educational information and POD locations
• Advocating on a State and Federal Level for additional funding for the community
Community Partners at Work
Six Points to Recovery Workgroups
Recovery Resources Workgroup:
Engage and collaborate with the various partners that are distributing commodities and other resources such as water filters, water test kits, etc. The resources workgroup works in partnership to generate, implement, execute, and monitor community plans for the acquisition and distribu- tion of resources.
The communication workgroup’s primary goal is to identify communications channels that will reach the large majority of the community. This workgroup will gather and collect materials that are being distributed in the community and review for accuracy and consistency. Establishing communication methods that will reach the entire community in a timely and effective manner is a primary goal of the communications workgroup. Rapidly disseminate communications and ma- terials via established networks including materials generated by other point of recovery groups. Provide feedback to all other point of recovery groups regarding how communications are being received and understood.
Physical Health Workgroup:
The physical health workgroup’s primary goal is to engage and collaborate with the various part- ners that are providing services related to physical health. This workgroup will strive to pull to- gether and compile information from county, state, federal, medical and collegiate stakeholders. The physical health workgroup supports the prolonged physical health for the community as well as identify and acquire the requisite resources.
Mental Health Workgroup:
The mental health workgroup’s primary role is to engage and collaborate with the various part- ners that are provided services related to mental health. This workgroup generates, implements, execute, and monitor mental health interventions. This workgroup will strive to pull together and compile information from county, state, federal, mental health and collegiate stakeholders. The mental health workgroup supports the prolonged mental health of the community as well as identifies and acquires the requisite resources. This group may also generate materials related to mental health recovery including psychological first aid.
The education workgroup’s primary focus is to monitor materials being distributed to the commu- nity and ensure they are consistent and accurate. This workgroup plans for prolonged communi- ty outreach and education support as well as identify and acquire the requisite resources. If nec- essary, this workgroup will generate community education materials that are necessary. This group leads coordinated outreach efforts and ensures materials are created for all segments of the community.
The coordination group works in partnership with the other five workgroups to ensure proper coor- dination and communication. The coordination group works together to find solutions to chal- lenges and concerns for the community recovery group. Providing advocacy on behalf of all point of recovery workgroups with city, county, state, and federal organizations.
YES! The Flint Water Recovery Group is open to anyone that wants to help create solutions. We meet as an entire partnership every other Thursday at 3:00p.m. (with February 16, 2017 being a meeting date) in the Dome behind City Hall downtown Flint. If you would like to be added to the email list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also join a workgroup!
Resource Recovery: The goal of this group is to provide the community with the various types of resources needed throughout this water crisis. Resources include water, nutrition, physical and behavioral health services. This group meets every other Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (with Feb 14, 2017 being a meeting date) at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Hunger Solution’s Center 1938 Howard Ave, Flint, MI 48503. Contact Kara Ross email@example.com.
Communication: The communication workgroup’s primary goal is to provide the most accurate, vetted and up-to-date information as possible. The group is responsible for identifying communications channels that will reach the large majority of the community this includes Flint Cares. This group meets every other Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (with Feb 23, 2017 being a meeting date) at the Neighborhood Engagement Hub 3216 Martin Luther King Ave, Flint MI 48505. Contact Jamie-Lee Venable firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Education: The goal of this group is to monitor materials being distributed to the community and ensures they are consistent and accurate. This group meets with the communications.
Flint Community Resiliency Group:
This group includes several sub-committees that meet outside of the general Resiliency meeting:
- Data & Gap Analysis
- Planning & Coordination
- Stress Management
- Outreach to Special & Vulnerable Populations
- Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Contact Elizabeth Burch email@example.com for more information.
Physical Health Workgroup: The physical health workgroup’s primary goal is to engage and collaborate with the various partners that are providing services related to physical health. This workgroup will strive to pull together and compile information from county, state, federal, medical and collegiate stakeholders. The physical health workgroup supports the prolonged physical health for the community as well as identify and acquire the requisite resources. Contact Kirk Smith firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and meeting times.
NO! While representatives from local, state and federal governments participate in our meetings, Flint Cares is a partnership of the more than 120 nonprofits, churches, grass-root organizations, individuals and residents that are working together to create solutions.
NO! Flint Cares is a non-partisan partnership of more than 120 nonprofits, churches, grass-root organizations and residents.
No, Flint Cares is a partnership not an organization. There are many charitable organizations that participate in Flint Cares that are accepting donations to aid in the water response. You can find a list of these organization under the Who Are We tab.