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Muskegon Area Transit System Fare Proposal

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Mats Fare Policy Proposal May 2017

A public hearing will be held to gain input on these proposals at the Muskegon County Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace Street, Fourth Floor Board Chambers, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 3:30 pm. Please arrive early as all persons entering the Hall of Justice must pass security screening.

 

 

WELCOME OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Diane Fleser!

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Disability Network West Michigan has hired Diane N. Fleser as its new executive director.

In her new role, Fleser will manage day-to-day operations of Disability Network West Michigan, which employs 24 and provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in a five-county area. She will have oversight of strategic planning, employment, finance, grants, partnerships and related administrative duties. Fleser will oversee and implement the organization’s strategy on behalf of the board of directors, ensuring that DNWM builds a diverse board and team that reflects the population it serves.

Fleser brings 16 years of professional experience to her new role, including six years with the Michigan Army National Guard that featured a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Since 2010, she has worked in a variety of roles with area nonprofits, including six years working with vulnerable populations and four years in program development and design.

“Diane presented herself as a passionate, poised and experienced professional,” said John Wahlberg, chair of the DNWM board. “Most importantly, she is experienced in creating and developing strong mission-drive programs within the five counties we serve. She has personal contacts and a history of building hands-on community partnerships.

“Diane demonstrated the drive, focus and skills needed to be a successful leader of Disability Network West Michigan. We are delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Prior to joining DNWM, Fleser served in roles of increasing responsibility with TrueNorth Community Services, most recently as self-sufficiency and community health director. Based in Fremont, TrueNorth provides programming to 64 counties in Michigan that addresses rural poverty, ensures youth thrive, builds vibrant communities and provides innovative rural nonprofit leadership.

During her tenure with TrueNorth, Fleser developed, implemented and grew current and new programs, engaged with stakeholders from local communities to the federal level, managed budgets and grants, led communication and continuous improvement efforts, and embraced the use of technology to support an increasingly mobile workforce. She started at True North in 2010, working directly on case management with vulnerable youth and their families.

Active in the community, Fleser has volunteered with diverse organizations, including Girls on the Run, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity, United Way and others.

Fleser holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in science administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently working on her doctorate in interdisciplinary health science from Western Michigan University.

In 2016, Fleser was part of a multidisciplinary team that received the Spectrum Health Synergy Creativity Award for work with individuals and families to improve their wellness and build a healthier community. She also received multiple medals for her military service.

A native of Hart, she currently resides in Whitehall with her husband, Ashley, and daughter, Addison.

About Disability Network West Michigan:

Disability Network West Michigan provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Lake and Mason counties. The mission of the nonprofit organization, which is part of the statewide network of Centers for Independent Living, is to empower, educate, advocate and provide resources for those with disabilities as well as promoting accessible communities.

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Legislative Day 2017 – Lansing

Disability Network West Michigan along with all our Michigan Centers for Independent Living were proud to meet with our local legislators in Lansing to promote awareness, inclusion and ask for their continued support in the services we provide to our consumers! (pictured left to right: Ja-Relle Thomas, Youth Transition Specialist; Will Wilson, Deputy Director; Danna Pittman, Community Outreach Manager; Karen Wynne, NFT Transition & Benefits Planner; Diane Fleser, Executive Director: Amanda VanTubergen, Employment Navigation Guide; & Ada Linderman, Director of Northern Counties).

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IGNITE YOUTH TRANSITION PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE IGNITE PROGRAM?

Ignite is a program directed toward identifying and empowering youth with disabilities who may encounter challenges transitiong into adulthood after school. The program staff fosters a commitment to young people that will promote independence through self-determination, self-advocacy, strong interpersonal skills, and a hope for the future. Check out our staff and just a few of the students that have participated in this amazing first year!

EDUCATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

MONTHLY COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE

Real Life Information for Community Members

We welcome those with disabilities, their families and friends to join us for our ongoing series of workshops presented by community partners and local area experts.

WHERE:  ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at the MiWORKS office located at 316 Morris Avenue, Muskegon MI

 

April 25, 2017                                                        

HOUSING: Get answers to your housing questions including what is the HARA, Sect. 8 and your rights as a tenant.

1:00 – 3:00PM

June 27, 2017                                                         

TRANSPORTATION: Let’s get mobile! Learn about the transportation options in Muskegon, including medical need.

1:00 – 3:00PM

August, 29, 2017                                                   

IEP: (Individualized Education Plan) Learn how to get the most out of your child’s IEP this school year.

1:00 – 3:00PM

September 26, 2017                                            

HEALTHCARE: Discuss open enrollment and the healthcare options available to you and your family.

1:00 – 3:00PM

October 31, 2017                                                  

UTILITIES: Strategies to prepare for the upcoming cold weather season.

1:00 – 3:00PM

December 19, 2017                                             

CONSUMER HOLIDAY PARTY: Join us for a holiday party to celebrate YOU, our consumers and community members!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE WORKSHOPS

CALL DISABILITY NETWORK WEST MICHIGAN: 231-332-4033

FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH SERVER UPGRADE

Please Note:
Our office will be unable to respond to email on Friday April 7th, 2017 due to an upgrade to our server. We will respond as soon as we are able.

THANK YOU AND KEEP VOTING!

Thank you for your votes and your friends and family’s votes getting us in the top six videos chosen! We are one step closer to you helping us help others! Now the real work begins tomorrow, April 1st. We need to be one of the top three in order to get the $5000 donation. Voting will take place from April 1st, 2017 through April 14th, 2017 at 5pm. Rules will remain the same for this round. This means that you can vote once per day per email address! They will update the votes daily until April 11th, 2017. They will not display the updated tallies for the final three days. WE CAN DO THIS…VOTE VOTE VOTE!

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YOUR ADVOCACY IS WORKING!

Today, the House of Representatives postponed a scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act – legislation that would gut federal investment in Medicaid and devastate Americans’ mental health and addiction coverage and care.

The postponement comes after hours of deliberation and a series of meetings between congressional leadership and White House officials. The timeline moving forward remains uncertain as there are several procedural hurdles and requirements a bill must go through before it can be debated and voted on by the full House chamber.

One thing is clear: Your advocacy is working. And we must keep it up! Even if you have already reached out, once is not enough. Take action again!

As these decisions come down to the wire, it is your engagement and advocacy that is making the difference. As debate continues, it is critically important that your Members of Congress hear from you and they understand the impact this bill would have on millions of Americans living with and in treatment for mental illness or addiction.
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

VERY IMPORTANT! As early as this Thursday, the house may vote on the proposed American Healthcare Act bill which is to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). What’s more, the senate vote could also be held next week.

A vast majority of congressmen and women are focused on the debate surrounding funding for expansion. However, for people with disabilities and seniors, the proposed change of Medicaid from an entitlement program to either an individual per-capita allotment or a block grant WILL MEAN THE END TO VALUABLE SERVICES, which make it possible for them to live independently and to gain the supports needed so that they can hold jobs and contribute to society. This is because these changes will greatly limit state funding for discretionary services such as long-term care and community supports.

Long-term care services provide the supports seniors and people with disabilities need to remain in their homes. Without these services, they will be forced to live in nursing care facilities, costing each state millions in additional healthcare dollars. Community supports also provide in-home and on-the-job personal care services for adults and children with disabilities. These supports make it possible for people with significant disabilities to hold jobs and to continue to contribute to society and their community. Finally, home-based care for children with significant disabilities frees their parents and caregivers to work to support their families.

Please call Congressman Bill Huizenga Phone: (616) 414-5516 to draw his attention to this matter. We urge you to share your personal stories of how Medicaid cuts will affect you and your loved-ones.

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