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Our guest for lunch this week was Berge Avesian, Director of Member Services for Evangelical Homes of Michigan. This non-profit organization is a provider of services for seniors all over the Metro Detroit region. For more than 130 years it has strived to meet the needs of those it serves in the best way possible. Their new LifeChoices program is a designed to provide a wide variety of senior care services while capping the costs of care. Too often seniors forgo proper care because they cannot afford it. Ignoring potentially small problems can allow them to become big problems, which can quickly drain a senior’s life savings. Evangelical Homes is working help seniors avoid have to sell their home and drain their life savings to receive quality care. For more information about Evangelical Homes and their LifeChoices senior living program, visit their web site at .www.evangelicalhomes.org.

Our guests for lunch this week were Farmington Community Library Director, Tina Theeke and Farmington Public Schools Director of Community Relations, Diane Bauman. Theytalked with us about the Pledge for Success program. This is a program designed for 8th grade students and parents, to help them be successful in high school and beyond. The 2012 Pledge for Success was recently held at Oakland Community College. The main session began with a forum featuring high schools seniors and recent graduates, discussing their academic and extracirricular activities, letting incoming students know what to expect. Break out sessions afterwards offered parents and students the opportunity to follow different tracks for the evening including“Making Good Choices,” “Choosing a Pathway and Preparing for the Journey,” “High School Learning Opportunities,” and “Financial Aid.”. More information about the Pledge for Success is avilable at www.pledgeforsuccess.org.

The Xemplar Club is a proud Community Sponsor of the Pledge for Success program.

Our guest for lunch this week was Jim Bezy. Jim coordinates the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Farmington Community Library. Veterans are invited to record their oral history for this program for the Library of Congress American Life Folklife Center. These taped interviews are for inclusion in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Our guest for lunch this week was Susan Aumiller, the Community Relations Coordinator for HAVEN House of  Oakland County. The HAVEN House mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence, and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County. HAVEN is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader providing comprehensive solutions and innovative programs promoting violence-free homes and communities. They believe that everyone has a right to a violence-free life; domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse should never be tolerated or condoned; and that all women, children and men have a right to their own identities and shouldn’t have to be defined by cultural traditions, some of which tolerate abuse. It is these beliefs, combined with a passion for helping others, that makes HAVEN what it is today – a nationally recognized nonprofit leader that provides comprehensive solutions and innovative programs to promote violence-free homes and communities.

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