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September 2015 - Celebrating free transportation
People’s Community Services
was awarded a new SMART handicapped-friendly bus, which will expand free
transportation to Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to Highland Park senior
citizens and persons with a disability. People’s Community Services community collaboration
with City of Highland Park Office of the Mayor DeAndre
Williams, Director of Finance of Highland Park; Melissa Hightower, SMART Wayne
County Ombudsman; and Ian Holme, grant analyst at SMART (Suburban Mobility
Authority for Regional Transportation), made this financial investment of
$125,000 of capital and operating funds possible for the City of Highland Park.
As Greg Everett, executive director of People’s Community Services explained, “There
was a need in the community that was not being met and because of this, community
partners came together to address the need. We are so fortunate to have that
support and alliance within Highland Park and with SMART.” Although People’s
Community Services had an existing bus, the new one offers a state of the art
wheelchair lift to service even more residents, prioritizing those who have a
Seniors and persons with a disability living
in the service area are encouraged to utilize the new bus services that
includes door to door services to the following Highland Park Senior Buildings:
Bishop Moore, Gabrielle Apt, Bella Vista Apt, Downs Manor, and Buena Vista
The free transportation services are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm and Tuesday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays are designated for market and grocery shopping while Tuesdays entail banking and credit union trips as well as transportation to clinics and health facilities. Trips to the clinic are also offered outside of the specified service area to residents in residential homes.
For more information, please call 313-365-6260.
April 2015 - Welcome our new Executive Director
Gregory Everett joins People’s Community Services with more than 18 years of leadership experience in executive level positions at nonprofit organizations. Everett’s past accomplishments include securing millions in funds through grant writing and fundraising, developing new human service programs, reaffirming the accreditation process successfully, and increasing the effectiveness of the programs he managed.
Everett’s educational background consists of a Master of Social Work degree, with concentrations in both interpersonal practice and administration. The combination of micro and macro focus in his education has mirrored his capabilities throughout his profession. Everett has not only impacted organizations on the administrative level, but has also been successful in clinical and counseling practice. Specifically, Everett has accomplished being a certified addictions counselor and a licensed social worker in the State of Michigan.
Everett’s administrative and clinical expertise developed through his experience with organizations including The Judson Center, Vista Maria, St. Peter’s Home for Boys Residential Treatment, Wolverine Human Services, and Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance.
Because of Everett’s commitment to serving at-risk populations throughout Detroit, Everett was recognized by the Detroit City Council and State Senator with the Spirit of Detroit Award. Based on Everett’s extensive experience, education, and recognition in the community, People’s Community Services feels exceptionally confident in the work Mr. Everett will accomplish.
Please join us in welcoming our new, talented Executive Director, Mr. Gregory Everett.
A farewell to Executive Director, Tom Cervenak
After 40 years with People’s Community Services, Executive Director Tom Cervenak retired this past April (2015). Although we are sad to see him go, we acknowledge him as the driving force behind the success of People's Community Services (PCS) and recognize his efforts to reach the different neighborhoods to provide more services. Specifically, Tom was responsible for the renovation and refurbishing of all three centers because of his persistence to gain community support such as PCS partner Chrysler.
While Tom first started out as a community organizer with People's Community Services, he committed himself to each position thereafter, including a youth worker and program supervisor - he was a neighbor helping other neighbors regardless of his job title. Tom's optimism and persistence resulted in numerous promotions within the organization until he reached his most senior position as executive director, serving 25 years in this position. Tom treated his position with respect and dignity by never losing sight of the PCS mission. Tom has strived for excellence in all endeavors to ensure the success of the organization and its ability to provide services to the most needy.
Throughout Tom's work, he consistently embodied the mission of People's Community Services and, as a fellow neighbor, was always helping other neighbors. To him, that is what People's Community Services is all about. Besides the expansion of PCS to include the Delray Center, Tom sought community support where ever he could find it.
Although Tom will no longer be present on a day-to-day basis, his drive for social justice and motivation to serve others has made a great impact on staff, clients, and the community a a whole. Tom will serve as a model, a passionate and captivating leader, and his work will serve as a guide for others to emulate. Thank you Tom for your commitment and service to the community! You will be missed greatly! Your impact is noticed and appreciated by many.
60 YEARS OF SERVICE!
People's Community Services is excited to recognize its 60th anniversary in serving the most needy populations throughout Metropolitan Detroit, including Southwest Detroit, the Delray Neighborhood, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. Founded in 1955, 2015 marks sixty years of neighbors helping neighbors through the neighborhood centers and active outreach that People's Community Services has carried out.
Thank you to past and present staff members, donors, partners, supporters, and volunteers for 60 years of community outreach to promote a higher standard of living to residents throughout Metropolitan Detroit.
Funding from WMCAA
We are excited to announce our continued partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. People's Community Services has been awarded for a second funding cycle from Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency starting in January 2015. This award funds a wellness program that offers senior citizens nutrition and fitness classes, weekly meals, health navigation, transportation for groceries, and medicine management. Please call to see if you qualify for programs at 313-526-4000 (ext. 1327).
2013-2014 Annual Report
Top supporters in the 2013-2014 fiscal year:
With the 2014 year's end, People's Community Services would like to acknowledge the many partners, volunteers, and donors that continue to contribute to the success of People's Community Services. Please review our annual report (attached below) to learn more about PCS highlights in 2014.