In brief

Ennis Center for Children celebrates Foster Care Month

FLINT — Every day, some 513,000 children and youth are living in foster care because their own parents can’t take care of them. The needs of these children, who need a stable and secure home until they can either return to their parents or establish a lifelong connection to a nurturing adult, must be addressed according to officials.

Ennis Center for Children has been working with abused and/or neglected children for more than 30 years with our services reaching over 3,500 Michigan children and families in crisis annually.

On any given day, the center helps more than 300 children in foster care alone.

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved — as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers, or in other ways.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign event will be heldMay 9 at 2 p.m. at the County Administration Building, Willard Harris Auditorium (3rd Floor), 1101 Beach St., Flint. The Blue Ribbon Campaign is presented as a way of calling attention to the urgent needs of youth in foster care. The public is welcome. Light Refreshments will be provided. — G.G.

VA and UM-Flint to hold veteran benefits fair

ANN ARBOR — The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan-Flint are holding a Veteran Benefits Overview & Resource Fair on May 15, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Harding Mott University Center on the UM-Flint campus located at 400 Mill St.

Veterans are welcome to attend the event, which will include presentations from the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, the Veterans Benefits Administration — Detroit Regional Office, the National Cemetery Administration — Great Lakes National Cemetery and the UM-Flint Student Veterans Center.

Light refreshments will be served and guests are asked to park in the Mill Street Ramp located at 402 Mill St.

Veterans interested in completing an application for health care benefits should bring a copy of their DD-214 and their most current tax information. — G.G.

MSU Extension offers health workshop

FLUSHING — The Michigan State University Extension is hosting a health workshop in Flushing from May 14-June 18 to help individuals manage long term health conditions or care for those with chronic health conditions.

The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) class will meet on Tuesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Nancy DeKatch Caregivers Institute on 3280 Elms Rd., in the professional building on the corner of Elms and Flushing Roads.

Cost to attend the class is $30 per person or $45 per couple. Registration for the PATH workshop is necessary and enrollment is limited.

To register for the PATH workshop call 810- 244-8517.— G.G.

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