At a recent meeting of deacons and pastors for the Holland Deacons’ Conference, some in attendance requested information to contact legislators after learning about reductions in programs and services for residents from My Brother’s and Sister’s Houses due to reductions in State funding for Ottawa County Community Mental Health (OCCMH). Because of these reductions, services and activities for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ottawa County from organizations like Kandu are either no longer available or only available on a limited basis.
If you are interested in learning more and perhaps contacting your State Representative or Senator about it, I am including three pieces of information which you can access by clicking on the related words to the following items: 1.) Budget Talking Points; 2.) Legislator Contact Information; and 3.) a Sample Letter for you to use and adapt as you choose.
Finally, please share this information with others. This is a relatively easy yet very important way for people to advocate on behalf of some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ. We know our elected representatives want and need to hear from us, their constituents, about the things–in this case people and programs–that matter most to us. We also know that it’s important for them to hear from a significant number of us if they are going to pursue and possibly take some type of remedial action.