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CACS client honored at state award ceremony

A Shiawassee woman is being honored at the Michigan Community Action Legislative Day and Community Action award ceremony for her hard work and dedication to changing her life. The Client Nominee Award recognizes the perseverance and dedication it takes for clients to hold on to hope and change their circumstances.

Capital Area Community Services Housing Resource Specialist Jessica Woodworth thought her client Crystal Campbell exemplified those attributes.

“I nominated Crystal for the award because she sets good goals for herself consistently, and she does everything in her power to meet those goals,” Woodworth said. “I’m always impressed that she will go out of her way to achieve what she wants.”

Campbell was pregnant and homeless in November 2020, when she came to Capital Area Community Services for help.

“CACS was able to help me move into a one-bedroom apartment,” Campbell said. “They covered my first month, last month, and security deposit plus some additional months. Which is helping me save for the new baby.”

One of Campbell’s major goals was to get back into the workforce.

“One of her major goals was to get a job and unfortunately even though she applied multiple places no one immediately called her back, but she didn’t give up and now is working as an in-home health aid,” Woodworth said.

Woodworth will be attending the Michigan Community Action award ceremony as Campbell’s representative. Campbell is unable to attend the award ceremony.

 “Crystal is so hardworking and dedicated. She was ecstatic to be awarded and recognized for her hard work,” Woodsworth said. “She’s extremely grateful for all the work CACS has done to help her.”

“Without Jessica and CACS I would be living on the street or in a shelter somewhere and that is no place to raise a baby,” Campbell said. “It’s very comforting to know that CACS is there to help me through these difficult times in my life.”

Campbell is one of six nominees that will be honored during the ceremony. All award recipients received an award and a $100 Amazon gift card from the Michigan Community Action Agency.

The award ceremony will take place May 19 at 1 p.m. via Zoom for those we are interested in watching.

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