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Share the Love Credit Union Campaign

MSU Federal Credit Union joined an exciting movement called “Share the Love” and we need your votes! We’ve created an exciting video showcasing how we give back to our community. If we win, we will be awarded a $10,000 donation to MYOI on our behalf from the Love My Credit Union Rewards program. Plus, you could be entered towin $100 just for voting! What is the Share the Love campaign?  [ Read More ]

Originally published in “The Vindicator” on Thursday, June 4, 2015. When Tasha Jones turned 18, she didn’t get a birthday party. She got her emancipation papers and a slap of reality. She had just aged out of foster care after being shuttled through 12 different homes. Read the full article here.

The number of Michigan children in the state’s foster care system is at its lowest in almost a decade, but anecdotes from kids within the system have legislators considering bipartisan reform. Feb. 15, 2015 – Capital Service News

An annual report that looks at the well-being of children in Michigan shows more kids are growing up in poverty. Feb. 19, 2015 — Michigan Radio

Almost half of the minors in the state’s adult prison system get there from the child welfare system, and a child with a history of abuse and neglect is 55 percent more likely to be arrested. [Michigan Radio]

“A national lawsuit isn’t what typically draws somebody to a job, but outgoing Department of Human Services director Maura Corrigan had a different resume than most job applicants. [MLive.com]

By the time she aged out of foster care, Jasmine Uqdah had spent nearly half her life in the system. On a summer day in 2008, Uqdah grabbed her duffel bag and two small garbage bags, and she stuffed everything she owned inside. [NPR]

Foster the futures of youth most in need

Jasmine Uqdah is an impressive young woman. The 24 year old is getting an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Oakland Community College, and she plans to pursue a degree in social work after that. She works three jobs, in addition to going to school, and volunteers as much as she can. But Uqdah’s accomplishments and ambition are even more admirable when her past is revealed: The Hamtramck resident spent  [ Read More ]

Justin Flowers’ career as a social worker began on Friday, but the journey to get to his job as a caseworker at the Children’s Center in Detroit was long and perilous. He and his brother were removed from the home of their biological parents when he was three after sexual and physical abuse and neglect. He bounced from foster to adoptive homes for the next 15 years until he was  [ Read More ]

The Michigan Education Trust and the Michigan departments of Treasury and Human Services will team up to host MET’s third-annual Fostering Futures Charitable Event next week at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The Fostering Futures dinner and auction, which will be hosted by state Treasurer Kevin Clinton and Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets for the  [ Read More ]