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Human Services Information Summit set for September 25, 2009

(September 18, 2009) The Human Services Coordinating Body (HSCB) of Charlevoix and Emmet counties is holding its 15th Annual Human Services Information Summit on Friday, September 25, 2009, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, at the Petoskey United Methodist Church, located at 1804 E. Mitchell Street. All are welcome; no registration is required.

"In just one morning, summit participants can learn about the many resources available in our community," said Carolyn Belknap, Early On Coordinator at Char-Em ISD, who serves as co-chair of the event. "With over 40 agencies attending and sharing details about their programs at breakout sessions and during the resource fair, the summit is a great opportunity for health and human services professionals to learn about new programs or policy changes."

The summit is also a great resource for families, she said. "There's something at the summit for everyone. We welcome people looking for volunteer opportunities, parents who want to learn about services for a child with special needs, or adults looking for support to care for their elderly parents. We'll have agency representatives at the summit that can explain their services and answer family's questions about programs and eligibility."

The key note address, "Resiliency" will be presented by Brent Marlatt, Executive Director of Camp Daggett. Marlatt has an extensive background in team building programs in wilderness and recreational settings. Marlatt earned degrees in Parks & Recreation Management, Natural Resources Technology, and Water Quality Technology from Lake Superior State University. Before his appointment as Executive Director, he served as Adventure Education Director at Camp Daggett.

The Human Services Information Summit is funded in part by Strong Families/Safe Children through the Michigan Department of Human Services and sponsored by the Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The members of the Coordinating Body work together towards interagency cooperation, coordination, and collaboration for the improvement of local human services.

For additional information, contact Carolyn Belknap, Early On Coordinator, at 231.439.8167.