We’re interviewing Jenni Grabowski, Communities That Care Coordinator in Delta County. Communities That Care (CTC) is a type of coalition focused on preventing youth problem behaviors. You can find your local CTC at www.UPprevention.org.
How long has CTC been going in Delta County?
A little over one year.
What kind of goals does CTC have for your community?
The Delta County CTC mission is to create a safe, healthy, desirable, supportive and diverse community that provides the protective factors which support our youth, families, community members and local organizations. Our vision is to be a compassionate community that supports everyone through engagement and provide opportunities for quality education, healthy lifestyles and self-growth. Overall, we want to make Delta County a safer, healthier place for youth and families to reside.
What kind of events has your coalition held or participated in recently?
We had a brat sale fundraiser on August 24 and it was a huge success, all of proceeds will stay in Delta county and support prevention efforts in our community. I was impressed, it was spectacular! I had people calling to volunteer and help out, we even got some new coalition members. Elmer’s County Market and Radio Results Network were big supporters of the fundraiser, and coalition members and I were able to speak on WDBC with Craig Woerpel regarding the coalition.
Right now we’re in the middle of our community vote to select the priority risk factors we want to address for local youth. We’ve gotten over 300 votes so far. Residents from Delta County can still vote here.
What are you most excited about coming up next?
This is our first year participating in the End the Silence Suicide Prevention Walk on September 8, which will be held at Ludington Park from 10am to 2pm. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for youth up to 16, and $50 for families. We’re hosting a screening of The Ripple Effect on October 17 at 6pm at Bay College, with tickets going for $5. We also planning Project Homeless Connect in November and a Safe Talk Event October 25 at Bay College with the Suicide Prevention Task Force.
We’re currently seeking a volunteer to be trained to provide Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training in the community. The training materials will be free thanks to a grant from the Superior Health Foundation. We’ve also given out many informational cards with where you can safely dispose of prescription drugs, which is an important part of addressing the opioid crisis.
I’m probably most excited about the partnerships that CTC has facilitated. It’s been amazing to watch these collaborations grow in the community. As a long-time prevention professional, it’s just really inspiring and refreshing.
Delta County Communities That Care is funded by NorthCare Network and coordinated by Public Health Delta and Menominee Counties. Delta County Communities That Care is part of UP Coalition Network, an umbrella organization of the 14 CTCs covering all 15 counties of the UP.