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Children and seniors share spaces and activities at the Bethlehem Intergenerational Center.

Uniting children and the elderly: Intergenerational centers create magic one interaction at a time

Though it is not typical to see both the elderly and infants engaging with one another, intergenerational programs have found a way to bring them together and add value for both sides. Three local programs and a participant share their insights on the value of these programs and the positive impact they can have.

Good parenting requires self care.

Self-care is key for parents coping with mental illness

Parenting can bring the best of times and the worst of times. Self-care can be the key to parenting success, especially for parents experiencing mental health issues.

Jim Thompson teaches Jason Lee how to construct a bunk bed in Thompson’s barn.

Nonprofit's local chapter ensures no child sleeps on the floor

With 115 chapters in 39 states, the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace rallies volunteers to hand-make bunk beds for children ages three to 17 who have no bed of their own.

Mental Health

Growing up with mental illness: How wraparound services offer parents options and support

People living with mental illness face stigma on a daily basis. When children develop a mental illness, parents face this stigma right along with them. Here's how parents and local caregivers work to treat and support these children in this Special Report from Michigan Nightlight.

 Tika Barnes

Program helps adult workers achieve living wage jobs and family stability

WMCAT, Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.
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