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Caring House reps speak at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — The Golden K once again gathered at the First Presbyterian Church for the Monday meeting. The day was cloudy, humid and warm — three beautiful adjectives to describe a fair summer day in the Upper Peninsula.

The seniors were busily catching up on things as Lois Outcelt raised the gavel and brought the group to their feet for the opening ceremonies. After bringing the meeting to order, she laid down her gavel and took position as song leader. Alyce Derwinski had those piano ivories warmed up. As she handed the song list to Lois, the singing commenced. Lively old tunes set the room vibrating.

The welcome song greeted guests Wendy Middaugh and Selene Gonzalez from the Caring House. Brett Calcari brought his sister, Dawn, and mother, LaVerne. No one was more surprised than Joanne Hady when someone reminded her to check her ticket. She won the 50-50 drawing. Gary Proudfit read Happy Dollars Thoughts, which included Lois recounting a wonderful trip to Rocky Mountain National Park for her granddaughter’s wedding. Brett was delighted to have his sister and mom visiting. Aren’t families great?

Two young ladies from the Caring House, Middaugh and Gonzalez, brought the club up to date on the services available to those in need. The Caring House is not just a shelter. It also provides supportive services for men, women and children. It’s a sanctuary for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. They offer a long list of free and confidential services with a professionally trained support team.

They coordinate medical needs, court accompaniment, counseling, and legal advocates. Working as a multi-disciplinary team they help families navigate the challenges throughout the court reporting process. They partner with law enforcement and provide medical, physical, and emotional support. This softens the trauma experience for all.

The Caring House Crisis Intervention Center is open 24/7. Teens are able to walk in and will find a trained individual ready to listen and provide guidance. Their service area includes Dickinson, Delta, Wells and Sault St. Marie. They welcome Native American families. This organization is ready to help whatever the need may be.

The crisis line is at 906-774-1112; business line, 906-774-1337; and toll-free, 1-800-392-7893.

The Golden K on Monday will have a speaker from St. Vincent de Paul. Plan to join the seniors for music, doughnuts and coffee. Come have fun as they discover what’s happening in the community.

Members are asked to put July 22 on their calendar for the annual picnic in the Maki pavilion at City Park in Iron Mountain.

As the meeting dispersed, members were seen running for their cars under darkened skies. Rain, thunder and lighting electrified the dull, cloudy day. Michigan weather, what can one say?

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