Community News and Resources

Chelsea Area Equity Challenge
 An option for examining racial disparities in Washtenaw County, and for connecting with others in our community to discuss these issues, is offered via the Chelsea Area Equity Challenge. This is an offshoot of a county-wide program run by the Washtenaw County United Way earlier this year.
 
Because this is for the Chelsea area only, the material is presented through a private Facebook Group that everyone is welcome to join. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, a new Facebook post will appear in the group with two Challenges – one will be a video or podcast and the other will be a link to an article. The start date was June 3, but you can still join. The decision was made to launch quickly because of the demonstrations that are taking place now across the country. To join, log in to Facebook; then search for the group Chelsea Area Equity Challenge and ask to join. You’ll be included ASAP.
 
If you have any questions, please contact ChelseaOWOF@gmail.com.

CARES - see our church website for information on this.
Community Mental Health is staffed and CARES social workers, therapists, peer-specialists, and psychiatrists are on standby to offer Crisis response services, Access to mental health services, Resource connections, Engagement with community partners, and Support for individual needs.  Click HERE

Ways to help in Missions Below are ways you can support  Local, State and Global missions
Local - Faith In Action
Faith In Action continues to be a vital resource in our community through this difficult time. Their 5 staff members are working inside the building, located on the North side of the hospital complex, 11-7 Monday and Wednesday, and 9-4 Tuesday and Thursday.  They are providing food for their Chelsea and Dexter families by filling orders and delivering curbside.  There is always a need for food products but they do not want anyone to shop specifically for them at this time.  Any extra food items people have (not expired) or pick up during their own shopping trips are fine to drop off at the front door during these work hours.  A list of needed items is updated every few days, so call and get that, or check on their website, if interested.
 
Faith In Action is not accepting any clothing or household items at this time,
and they are not utilizing any volunteers.  Sheri Montoye, Director, notes that they appreciate the incredible outpouring from the community.  The number of people being served has not significantly increased at this time but they anticipate that will change as the overall economic situation progresses through this pandemic.  They have also had to cancel their major fundraising dinner for the year, and they are anticipating a significant gap between anticipated need and updated allocations for the remainder of the year.
 
Financial donations can be made directly on their website or by sending a check to Faith In Action, 603 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118.  You may also make a donation through the church, marking “Faith In Action” on the memo line.

State - Cass Community Social Services in Ministry During Corona virus Pandemic
(This is an excerpt from the most recent MIConnect, a newsletter of the Michigan Annual Conference. To see the entire article, click here)

Global - United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
You who live in the shelter of the most high, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.) - Psalm 91:1-2 (NRSV)

As each of us shelters in place to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we cannot help but be impacted by the scale of illness, death, and financial distress all around us. We could even be led to believe that this is a hopeless situation. But, thank God, that is not true! Together, we can give compassion and care to others in this time of great need. Click here for the rest of the story and ways to give.


Ways to find help yourself or others that may need it
During this pandemic, the "Coronavirus" seems to consume all of our thoughts. Let us not forget to pay attention to chronic conditions, as they are also important to our well-being. See below for more information on a couple of chronic conditions, a one-page COVID-19 resource, and an invitation to attend a Virtual St. Joe Chelsea's Community Forum.
 
Substance Use Disorders
 April is Alcohol Awareness Month. According to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), alcohol consumption has been rapidly rising with national sales of alcoholic beverages spiking 55 percent in the week ending March 21st (source: Nielsen Market Research Firm). Please click Healthy Spirit Article for both a full page and condensed article on alcohol use disorder. This will download as a word document, you then have to open it.
 
Mental Health
Certified Peer Support Warmline (click here) (this will download as a word document, you will then need to open it) - A support line for individuals with mental health conditions.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.-Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. This is a free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service. Behavior Health Navigators (Chelsea service area): Kathy Walz-734-680-5312 and Abigail Norris-734-395-8975.  Navigator@stjoeshealth.org
 
Heart Disease
Don't ignore symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, especially if you have a history of heart disease. For more information, click on this
link: https://www.cardiosmart.org/~/media/Images/Infographics/Coronavirus-and-Your-Heart-Dont-Ignore-Heart-Symptoms.ashx   

This information comes from Mackenzie Pfeiffer from the Senior Center
Chelsea Senior Center is still delivering Meals on Wheels. We have added delivery to anyone who is 60 or over and does not feel safe to go out at this time. We deliver to both Chelsea and Manchester on Mondays and Thursdays and we provide an entire week's worth of food between the two deliveries (1 hot and up to 5 frozen each delivery day). If you know an older adult who needs assistance,  please have them call us at 475-9242.