The next meeting we went to involved the Family Service Alliance and funded by United Way. Shaun Taft has the job of continuing to bring together resources and give them a chance to see what they each do and how they might collaborate. They have the vision of a regional network that would break down the barriers that prevent services from being shared. This was the first of several meetings and was a chance to hear what others are doing and network with them.
Our next adventure was to southwest Detroit to the Madonna University S.W.E.E.P. program. There was a short talk about resources available in that area but the majority of the evening was a presentation about the S.W.E.E.P. program. S.W.E.E.P. strives to fulfill the educational needs of women by providing an opportunity to earn certificates and college degrees in areas including Child Development, Health Care Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Technology, Addiction Studies, and Community Leadership. An important feature of the program is the high level of services designed to help students succeed: academic advising, small course size, on-site tutoring and Writing Lab, group study, computer lab with Internet access, mentoring, and assistance with the financial aid process. It apparently is now open to men because there were young men in audience checking it out. We were very impressed by the Madonna University staff who presented.