Great Start Collaborative honors Old Town Christian Outreach Center
For information, contact: Julie Kozan, Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative Director, at 989-399-7452 or email:
SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring the Old Town Christian Outreach Center in Saginaw with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for April-May 2014. Old Town at 600 Gratiot offers weekly church services, a soup kitchen, outreach to the DOT Caring Center and senior citizen homes and jails, a van ministry, and anger management and recovery classes.
The Old Town Baby Pantry provides a layette and books to pregnant women, serving nearly 200 mothers a year.
“Old Town Christian Outreach has helped many of our moms (in the home visitation program) and many of them continue to go to their church services, Saturday food give-aways and recovery programs,” said a parent educator with Health Delivery Inc.
Great Start is the umbrella partnership over nearly all early childhood initiatives in Saginaw County, with member agencies/programs including Birth to Five, all Saginaw County school districts, child care providers and preschools.
Parents who volunteer with the Saginaw County Great Start Parent Coalition helped choose this award designation, to honor its community service and help especially to young parents.
Great Start Collaborative selects six Family-Friendly Saginaw County businesses or agencies a year. Recipients can include businesses or agencies that reach out to families as customers with special activities, promotions or services or those that support employees with children with benefits such as on-site daycare or flexible hours.
“It is so important that we honor local businesses that truly understand the importance and value of giving children a strong start in life, and helping families to do so,” said Great Start Collaborative Director Julie Kozan. “These children are our future workforce!”
Anyone in the community can nominate a business for the award. Find a submission form on the Great Start Collaborative Web site at www.greatstartsaginaw.org and fill out online or print and mail to Julie Kozan at the Saginaw County Intermediate School District, 3860 Fashion Square, P.O. Box 5679, Saginaw MI 48603.