525 N. State Street  Suite 4 Alma, MI 48801 
(989) 463-1422






 "A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine"


- Unknown -




In This Issue
Healthy Snack Recipes
GCSAC Update
Get to Know Meghan
Fall Storytime
United Way Campaign Kick Off
Scheduled Classes


About Us 


 Child Advocacy is a non-profit agency with a mission to improve the welfare of children and their families through education, training, and support for the prevention of substance abuse and child abuse and neglect.

 Our Staff
Audra Stahl -
Executive Director

Ronda Sorensen -
 Parent Educator  

Brenda Shafley-
Office Assistant 
Pam Mahin -
RRC Coordinator
Lisa Cannon- 
GSAC Coordinator
 Kris Olejniczak -
CAN Coordinator 

Board of Directors 

President -
Kent Schulze
Dept. of Human Services

Vice President -
Wes Wickes 
Youth for Christ

Treasurer -
Madonna Adkins
EightCAP inc.

Secretary -
 Kim Vetter
MI State Police
Ithaca Post

Lori Apple
Comm. Mental Health - Isabella Co.

Kristin Bakker
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
 Wendy Currie
Mid Michigan Dist. Health Dept.
Toni Davis
Women's Aid Service
Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions

 Mike Hetzman
 Comm. Mental Health - Gratiot Co.
 Mary Hunt
Retired-EightCAP inc.

David Justin
 Alma School Board

Dan Buschle
Commercial Bank
 Jennifer Leppien
CASA Volunteer 
 Carolyn Studley
Alma Middle School

car seat

Seat Safety


Did you know that at Child Advocacy we can install and provide a safety inspection for your child safety seat?  Child Advocacy has a nationally certified safety seat technician available!
To make an appointment call
 or 800-552-4489

Community Cafe

The Cafe provides a safe place for food, fellowship, inspiration, and encour-agement for people experiencing hard times.


What: free weekly meal


When: Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Where: First Presbyterian Church - Alma


Who: Everyone is welcome.  Kid's Kafe at 4:15 p.m. has special activities for children (usually every other week)


For more information, please call the church office at (989) 463-2940.

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The lazy days of summer are officially over; time to welcome the cozy clothes, hearty foods, and spectacular colors of fall. 


Check out our scheduled classes section -- it is not too late to register for our Nurturing Parenting class that starts October 6. 



The Staff at Child Advocacy

Great Healthy Snack Recipes

that help boost kids' nutrition 


 1.  Frozen bananas - Cut a banana in half and put each half on a Popsicle stick.  Roll the halves in yogurt and then coat with a crispy rice cereal or granola and freeze.  Your child can enjoy them frozen or slightly thawed.


2.  Quick pizza - Drizzle tomato sauce and sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on a whole-grain English muffin half.  Sprinkle with seasonings, such as oregano and garlic.  Heat in the toaster oven until the cheese melts.


3.  Yogurt treats - Make yogurt parfaits by layering fruit, like strawberries and blueberries, and low-fat yogurt in a parfait glass.  Top with granola.


4.  Snack mix -  Make a mix of ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit, and nuts or seeds.  Place in a sandwich bag and you have an on-the-go snack.


5.  Snack kabob - Cut up cubes of low-fat cheese and place them with grapes on mini pretzel sticks.


6.  All-time favorite - Kids may enjoy "ants on a log," which are celery sticks spread with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese and topped with raisins.


7.  Mexican treat - Take a corn tortilla and sprinkle with low-fat, grated Monterey Jack cheese.  Fold it in half and then microwave for 20 seconds.  Top with mild salsa.


8.  Potpourri - Arrange pita chips, baby carrots, and apple slices on a plate.  Serve with humus, low-fat milk or yogurt as a dip.


9.  Smoothies - Blend low-fat milk or yogurt with a banana or strawberries and some ice for a low-fat milkshake.


10.  Popcorn- Air-pop some of your own kernels or choose a low-fat brand of popcorn to pop in the microwave.  Serve with a glass of milk.


As a reminder, when kids have a snack after school, they should eat at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV or computer. 

Parents that host


Gratiot County

Substance Abuse Coalition




Homecoming is right around the corner for all area schools. It is a time of excitement and celebration for all students. Did you know that youth who are drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become dependent than those who wait until 21. With this article, I would like parents to be aware of the laws surrounding alcohol. Let's all work together to keep the children of our communities safe.


What parents should know:

As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission.


You cannot knowingly allow a minor to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.


If you break the law:

In addition to possible criminal charges, you can be sued if you provide alcohol to a minor and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves, or damage property.


Things you can do as a parent:

                Refuse to supply alcohol to minors in your home or on your property.


Be at home when your teen has a party.


Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or onto your property by your teen's friends.


Talk to and support other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.


Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.

Get to Know Meghan


Meghan is our intern until December 2011.  She is from Waterford, Michigan.  Meghan is completing her undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University.  Her major is Family Studies with a minor in Psychology.  Meghan loves being around children and would like to pursue a career where she can work with families and children. 

Chippewa River Distract Library

Fall Storytime

in the

Pumpkin Patch

 stories and fun for the whole family


Saturday, October 8

11:00 a.m.

Papa's Pumpkin Patch

3909 South Summerton Road

Mt. Pleasant


Free doughnuts and cider for the kids!

United Way Campaign Kick Off  


LIVE UNITED is the campaign theme for this year's Gratiot County United Way. 














United Way believes that to truly improve lives in our county, we must act collectively to impact the critical issues affecting the residents of Gratiot County.  We are committed to bringing together partners across all sectors in order to address community concerns before they become problems.  In so doing, we create sustainable community change. 


This year's goal is $312,000.  A contribution of $1 per week or as much as $20 per week, will make a difference and impact lives.  No gift is too small and every dollar brings United Way closer to their goal.  Please contact Gratiot County United Way at

(989) 463-6245 to make your contribution.

Scheduled Classes


FREE Parenting Classes 


Classes for parents of children 0 to 6 years old  

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Wilcox Non-Profit Building

525 N. State Street, Alma. 


Topics for October are as follows:

   October 5 - Family First Aid

   October 19 - Nutrition


Classes for Parents and their Children 5 to 11 years 

Thursdays - October 6 - December 8 (10 sessions)

5:00 p.m. - Light dinner is served (optional)

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. class time

The United Methodist Church - St. Louis 



Childcare Provider Training


Positive Guidance & Discipline class will be held at the Breckenridge Elementary on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Please contact Michelle Burkhard at michelle_burkhard@yahoo.com  or (989) 289-8700 to register.


All classes are FREE.  Please call our office at

(989) 463-1422 to register or to get more information.

Thank you for taking the time to read our October newsletter. 
The staff at Child Advocacy is busy gearing up to start several programs in our Gratiot County schools.  Stay tuned next month for information regarding our elementary school program, "Protect Yourself", and the MiPHY survey taking place in some of our local middle and high schools.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director