What Happened in September?

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.

Non-Financial Needs:

  • Diapers sizes 4, 5, & 6.
  • Tutors for GED and afterschool programs
  • Cold-weather clothing.
  • Donations of canned & non-perishable food items for our holiday gift baskets.
  • Donations of clothing and gift items for our Holiday Store.
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