COPPER COUNTRY ANGEL MISSION WELCOMES YOU

Our Thanks!    To all the generous contributors to PHF Giving Tuesday. We don't know how much you contributed to us yet, but we know that Giving Tuesday was a great success for the 26 charities involved. Thank you for your care and concern for your neighbors. Also, a big shout-out to our local media outlets for making people aware of the Giving Tuesday opportunities. Great job! And, of course, our thanks for all that Portage Health Foundation does to support our community.

Angel Tree registration is open until December 3.  

Sponsors, please drop off gifts at Angel Mission by December 10.

WE NEED 40 MORE SPONSORS!!!

Families, pick up gifts before December 17!

Where do you go for up-to-date information about store hours or emergency closures? Join our Facebook Group. You will receive notifications of closures or other announcements. We have more than 280 members.

Our local Community Action Agency in Houghton currently has a Monthly Diaper Program. If you currently receive SNAP benefits, you’re eligible. Also, available for low-income families. Please call (906) 482-5528 for details.

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Did you know? The Presbytery of the Mackinac (PCUSA) has been a major supporter since 2011 and at one time covered the entire overhead for Angel Mission Free Store. 

Remember, if the schools close for weather, so do we!

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Angel Tree is halfway completed!

We have set a firm DEADLINE of 2:00 PM on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd for registering children for the ANGEL TREE PROGRAM. Sponsors for the children need at least 7 days to do their shopping/ordering.

 

Sponsors, please deliver your gifts for our little angels to the store (433 Fifth Street, Calumet) by Monday, December 12th. WE NEED 40 MORE SPONSORS!!!!!  Businesses that are sponsoring Angel Tree families:

  • Upper Great Lakes Health

  • Miller’s Rec

  • Aspirus – Surgical & Pharmacy Dept.

  • L & L Bar

  • GS Engineering

  • Dollar General – Calumet

  • Sara Dudenas Golf League ladies

  • VFW Auxiliary ladies

  • Members of Portage Lake United Church

 

The staff and volunteers will finalize gift bags and arrange for the families to pick up from December 12 through December 17. This will wrap up the 2022 Christmas Angel Tree program.

 

The Angel Mission free store will close from December 18th to January 4th to give staff and volunteers time for their own family preparations and celebration of the holidays.

We rely on our community....

AMAZING! THANK YOU Portage Health Foundation, for awarding us an AED (defibrillator), a generous contribution for our food pantry, and welcoming us as one of your Giving Tuesday charities! And, that's not all! The  United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Cross Complete of Michigan awarded us a new commercial refrigerator for the food pantry. We will be able to meet the increased requests for food assistance. Thank you for awarding these grants and assistance to CCAM!

Oh My! Thank you Keweenaw Area Community Foundation!

You awarded us the Community Impact Fund grant so that we can expand our assistance to clients in need of help with food, utilities, rent, and medical travel. The Community Impact Fund provides funding for a variety of community projects or programs dedicated to maintaining or improving the quality of life in the greater Keweenaw area, including all aspects of community well-being—arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization, and more.

 

COPPER COUNTRY ANGEL MISSION AT A GLANCE

Copper Country Angel Mission knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. More than 20 years ago, a small group of like-minded individuals realized that by working together they could efficiently and effectively help to overcome the local effects of poverty. They launched New Beginnings Angel Mission under Portage Lake United Church, Inc. in Houghton with strong and generous support from the Presbytery of Mackinac.

Since that time, we have grown, broadened our support, changed our name, and become an independent corporation that continues partnerships with the Presbytery and Portage Lake United Church, but our mission is the same:  Copper Country Angel Mission promotes community welfare by serving those in need with compassion and dignity.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does" -- William James

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Our free store: CCAM welcomes donations of clothing and household goods that are in good condition for reuse. We do not accept large electronics. We invite shoppers of all income levels to select free goods and leave a monetary donation if they are able. This converts material donations into funding for our programs. We must pay for space, electricity, heat, and water, even before we can help others. We depend the generosity of donors and sponsors, each contributing what they can to keep us open.

Our food pantry: CCAM helps to feed people in our area through a food pantry. We purchase foods to stock the pantry and receive some gifts of food from local restaurants, individuals, and businesses.

Our clients: CCAM offers programs to assist with rent, utility shut-off, transportation to medical appointments, and other needs. We offer annual programs for children, such as school supplies in the Backpack Program and children’s shopping days before holidays. We make certain that every child has Christmas gifts through our Angel Tree Program and that everyone has appropriate clothing for our U.P. winters through our Winter Wear Giveaway.

Our volunteers: CCAM welcomes volunteers willing work hard for the joy of serving their community. Even our program managers are dedicated volunteers. Some of our volunteers were once clients, but now pay-it-forward by becoming volunteers. Join us!

 
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  1. Log in to your Amazon account.

  2. In the top menu strip under "Account & Lists" and select AmazonSmile in the drop-down list.

  3. A page that has "Your Current Charity" on the right side will open. Select "Change Charity." 

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Our dedicated team use their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. We are striving to not only combat the spiraling effects of poverty, but to assist our clients out of the poverty.  Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

 

Jill HODGES

Jill grew up in Calumet and after retiring from Michigan Tech joined the Angel Mission board. Jill has been deeply involved in local and tribal organizations and has extensive board experience. We are pleased to have Jill's expertise helping to lead the Angel Mission.

PAUL TUORINIEMI

Paul Tuoriniemi is a life long resident of the Calumet area. Paul retired from the forest services industry a few years ago. He and his wife Renee are active supporters of the Angel Mission.

SHERRY MIDDLEMIS-BROWN

Sherry moved to the U.P. in 1978, but her employment in environmental education and management took her around the country. In 1994, Sherry and her husband built a home as a family project with their two children on the shore of Lake Superior. In 2010 and they both moved back to the U.P. Sherry has always been involved in volunteer and community work and has just continued that habit with CCAM.

JIM NORTHEY

Jim Northey is a member of Portage Lake United Church, and has actively supported the annual coat giveaway held by Angel Mission and PLUC. Additionally, Jim serves on the board of directors of the CopperDog150 and the board of Superior National Bank. He works in the financial services industry and renewable energy industry. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and working on his homestead.

KONI TURUNEN

Koni was born and raised, along with two sisters, locally by her mom. She and her husband, whom is a combat veteran, have one young child and enjoy all the outdoor adventures the UP has to offer. Koni is employed by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) as the Grants and Programs Manager. She looks forward to providing CCAM with current knowledge and understanding of non-profit organizations, as well as grant management. Additionally, she attended an initial Bridges out of Poverty event held by the Portage Health Foundation and hopes to incorporate some of those principles into CCAM.

TERRY LABONTE

Terry is a long time volunteer, who accepted the position of program manager in February. Her skills in organization are invaluable and she keeps the store running smoothly.

MIKE QUELLO

Mike is a long time resident of Copper Country and has volunteered at Angel Mission for a decade. He has been instrumental in moving our storage and or store to afford space. He accepted the program manager position in February and has been a true asset to the programs.

 

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