Over 600 backpacks at Baldwin's Annual Back to School Party
What’s new at the Baldwin Center:
- The After School Program is off and running 5 days a week. The free program features academics, health and fitness and other enrichment activities and an evening meal.
- The Hispanic Education for Life Skills Project has opened for the school year, bringing English as a Second Language and citizenship programming to over 80 students.
- The Kennedy School has returned this school year, using our facility as an employment training ground for students in custodial and gardening programs.
Statistics for September:
- The Family Kitchen served 3,689 lunches, 749 dinners and 504 homeless breakfasts. Youth in the after school program served 138 snacks and 138 dinners. Overall, 5,218 meals were served.
- The Clothes Closet had 1,245 shoppers, including 13 from HAVEN (the local domestic violence shelter) and 4 from local area substance abuse rehabilitation facilities.
- 47 people received showers.
- Ten new students enrolled in the GED program.
- 28 families cleaned 113 loads of laundry.
- Three families were assisted with emergency food.
- 13 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings were held.
- 7 mothers received diapers; 7 families were helped with baby furniture; and 3 newborn layettes were distributed to young families.
- Yoga classes are being held on Wednesday mornings, with an average attendance of 5.
- Over 600 backpacks and 60 sets of uniforms were distributed to Pontiac children during our Back to School Block Party!
- 125 students participated in the After School Program, averaging 25 youth participants per day.
- Two birthdays were celebrated and 16 women received feminine hygiene products.
- 13 families were provided cash assistance to prevent utility shutoffs and 10 families no longer face eviction. Assistance totaled $10,402.66.
- Thirty one employees of Air International Thermal Systems spent a day session updating the hoop house, decks, and painting a new sign.
- 143 low-income seniors received commodity food packages delivered to their home.
- 2 individuals received free legal aid during the JFON clinic.
- Individuals gave of their time on 779 occasions, for 2,768 hours of service. This equates to $54,778.72 worth of time.
- Tutors for GED and afterschool programs
- Donations of canned & non-perishable food items for our holiday gift baskets.
- Donations of clothing and gift items for our Holiday Store.