With the holiday season right around the corner, November can be a stressful and busy time for all. Please remember to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from the COVID-19 and flu viruses so that we all may enjoy happy and healthy holiday gatherings.
Featured in this newsletter is an announcement about an upcoming virtual event, updates regarding my work trying to promote awareness of poverty and homelessness in Michigan, and a highlight about the HOPE candlelight vigil I attended acknowledging the start of Homelessness Awareness Month. With the cold weather on the horizon, you’ll also find a few important tips on how to stay warm this winter.
As always, if I can be of any assistance to you or your family, please call my office at (517) 373-2417, or email me at SenRBayer@senate.michigan.gov.
WHAT: Virtual Community Conversation
WHEN: Nov. 22, 2021, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Facebook Live
TOPIC: Self-Respect, Self-Care, and Stress Management
DESCRIPTION: The last two years have been a difficult and stressful time for people worldwide, including here in Michigan. Join me and very special guest Michelle Reiter-Miller, Dean of the College of Social Science and Education, Psychology Program Director and Associate Professor at Baker College, to discuss the important and timely topic of mental health management. Ms. Reiter-Miller will explain the importance of self-care and simple ways to manage stress while we continue to struggle with the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming holiday season, which can be a stressful time for many. Please take an hour out of your busy month to prioritize yourself and learn a few new coping strategies from the comfort and convenience of your own living room.
PROPOSAL TO MAKE NOVEMBER POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS MONTH
Poverty and homelessness are two issues that are not often discussed despite their prevalence throughout Michigan. These issues affect more than 8,000 of our state’s residents on any given day, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. In addition, when it comes to Michigan’s student population, a report from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan found that in 2015-16 school year, Michigan ranked sixth in the nation for having the most homeless students.
This is unacceptable and why both Representative Brenda Carter and I have proposed Senate Resolution 95 and House Resolution 190, which would designate November as Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Month. Our hope is that by reflecting on this issue, and raising awareness of it, the necessary actions that are needed to respond to this distressing situation will be created. I stand ready to work with my legislative colleagues in delivering relief and assurance to the people of Michigan.
HOPE VIGIL FOR HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS MONTH
On Monday, Nov. 1, I attended a Candlelight Vigil, hosted by HOPE, to acknowledge the start of Homelessness Awareness Month in Michigan. Others in attendance were Rep. Brenda Carter and local community leaders, including Pastor Doug Jones, Elizabeth Kelly of Hope Shelter, Pontiac City Councilperson Mary Pietila, and Melanie Grund from Oakland County. Together, we acknowledged, supported, and met with Michiganders who are facing homelessness and poverty.
APPLY NOW FOR THE CHILDCARE STABILIZATION GRANT
Grants for home-based licensed providers start at $3,300, and grants for centers start at $9,200.
For more information about the grant and to watch a recorded webinar that explains more, please visit Michigan.gov/MDE. You can also contact your Great Start to Quality Resource Center for one-on-one assistance with your application by calling 877-614-7328, or call the Child Development and Care Call Center at 866-990-3227.
WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TIPS
AG NESSEL REISSUES CONSUMER ALERT FOLLOWING FTC WARNING ON FAKE IRS EMAILS
Late last month, the FTC warned consumers of an email offering an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) if the recipient clicks a link. Clicking it creates an opportunity for a scammer to steal the person’s identity. If consumers receive a text, email, or phone call from someone claiming to be from the government with a check for them, they should not fall for it. These scams will likely ask for bank account information or other personal information that can then be used to steal identities.
Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General’s website, or by calling 877-765-8388.
MICHIGANDERS REMINDED TO CHECK CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AS COLD WEATHER HITS
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that forms whenever a fossil fuel is burned. You cannot see, taste, or smell CO, but it can be deadly when you breathe it in. CO is dangerous because it blocks your body from taking in the oxygen it needs and can cause serious illness or death in just minutes.
Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide include headache, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and confusion. At high levels, carbon monoxide can cause death within minutes. If you suspect you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, or your detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.
Hospitalizations for carbon monoxide poisoning are preventable when people are prepared. To protect from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:
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