Introducing new CEDAM Team Member Orletta Caldwell
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Introducing new CEDAM Team Member Orletta Caldwell

CEDAM is excited to announce our new Michigan Coalition for Responsible Lending Consultant, Orletta Caldwell! Caldwell is responsible for organizing the Coalition, legislative strategy, coordinating town halls and conducting payday lending research on trends and lending prevention strategies in other states.  For the past year Caldwell has worked as a Learning Center Coordinator in Detroit...

Homeownership and the American Dream
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Homeownership and the American Dream

The benefits of homeownership are many, but not everyone wants to own a home or is ready to—and we should support that.   June is National Homeownership Month. It is part of an annual effort by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the White House,...

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Financial Inclusion Happens Where Two Roads Meet

Financial Inclusion can be achieved through the intersection of financial empowerment strategies and community economic development efforts. By Brian Rakovitis As economically depressed neighborhoods and cities begin to see outside investment coming in for the first time in decades, many of the low income individuals living in these communities are often excluded from benefiting from...

Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships
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Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, a new member of CEDAM this year, is dedicated to helping women realize their potential. With a focus on providing a supportive environment for their clients, the Center helps women achieve economic independence and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. One of their newest initiatives is...

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Metrics that Matter (A DVC Session Preview)

Written by Brian Rakovitis, Manger of Financial Empowerment Initiatives  Data is merely a four letter word, but it can cause any organization a great deal of anxiety. Regardless the size of our organizations — from nonprofits to large corporations, from small businesses to trade associations —  it’s likely we all stress over the type of...

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Foreclosure Intervention Specialist Jael Cain Shares Client Story

Written by Jael Cain Hello, my name is Jael Cain and I am an AmeriCorps Foreclosure Intervention Specialist at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency! In this position my focus is to help people who are at risk of losing their homes. This is my second year as an AmeriCorps member and it has been especially...

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MFOC Members Reflect on their Year of Service

Twenty dedicated Michiganders are coming to the end of their service year with the Michigan Financial Opportunity Corps (MFOC) AmeriCorps program, a program hosted by CEDAM. Even though their service terms are only a year, the impacts the members have made on Michigan communities, the organizations at which they serve and the individuals they’ve assisted,...

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Finance Can Be Fun — Host a 2018 Show Me the Money Day Event

If you’re an organization helping residents in Michigan further their financial capability, you know that combining finances and fun can be tricky. However, it doesn’t have to be! Let CEDAM help you host an engaging Show Me the Money Day event in your community. What is Show Me the Money Day? Show Me The Money Day is a...

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Meet CEDAM’s New Manager of Financial Empowerment Initiatives

We are excited to welcome Brian Rakovitis, our new manager of financial empowerment initiatives, to the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) team! Rakovitis has made his way back to CEDAM after starting as an AmeriCorps member through us. He served at United Way of Washtenaw County on the previously active Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps.  After his...