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  • Eileen Zilch

2023 By the Numbers: Celebrating a Year of Growth and Generosity at Community Catalysts

2023 has been a year to remember—filled with growth, change, victory, challenges, and the power of community.

Let's look back on an amazing year together and celebrate the progress we've made!

746 Volunteer Hours: Logging Hours, Making a Difference

The sheer dedication of our Community Catalysts volunteers is perfectly illustrated in the 746 volunteer hours logged this year. Each hour represents a moment invested in the betterment of someone's life, contributing to the realization of our mission and goals. 

Whether you were a part of our 2023 volunteer team for 30 minutes or 30 hours, we celebrate YOU and the collective group effort that’s propelling us forward and making a lasting impact—here in Livingston County, and beyond!

200 Volunteers: Harnessing the Power of Teamwork

Our success is a testament to the strength of community support. With 200 Community Catalysts volunteers actively involved in 2023, we’re creating a solid network of individuals dedicated to the well-being of local families and individuals.

From manual labor to exterior painting to year-round meal preparation, their commitment has been invaluable; and together, we’re building a stronger, more compassionate community!

50 Guests: A Growing Community at Bethel Suites

Over the last six months, Bethel Suites has been home to 50 guests, including 15 children. These numbers represent not just statistics but lives positively influenced by the safe haven and support provided by our staff, volunteers, and affordable housing options. 

As we grow, so does our capacity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

30 Presents: Spreading Christmas Joy to Bethel's Guests

In the spirit of giving, CBC and Grumlaw have exemplified the true meaning of generosity. 

Both local churches have committed to purchasing Christmas gifts for all of Bethel's guests this 2023 season, ensuring each individual's holiday season is filled with warmth and joy. 

This gesture of kindness reflects the power of collaboration and the impact it can have on the lives of those we serve, and reminds us that sometimes, love isn’t just practical—it’s extravagant

6 Months: Celebrating Bethel Suites' Half-Year Milestone

Six months ago, Bethel Suites opened its doors, marking a significant milestone in our mission to provide housing and support to those in need. In this relatively short span of time, we’ve witnessed positive transformations and stories of resilience that inspire us to continue our dedicated efforts.

3 Outstanding Organizations: Feeding and Nourishing Our Community 

Community Catalysts extends our heartfelt gratitude to three remarkable organizations that have continuously provided meals for our guests in 2023: Fowlerville United Brethren Church, CBC, and Ivy Table. Each of these organizations have been unwavering in their commitment to ensuring that no one at Bethel Suites goes hungry. 

Specific thanks to Fowlerville United Brethren Church's congregation for their consistent contributions, CBC for hosting weekly community BBQs at Bethel Suites from June to August, and Ivy Table for not only gifting us with a restaurant-quality refrigerator, but also generously donating homemade meals every week for the past two months!

2 Program Launches: Bethel Suites and Housing Catalysts

In the pursuit of our mission, we are proud to announce the successful launch of two impactful programs/initiatives: Bethel Suites and Housing Catalysts. 

These initiatives aim to address the critical need for housing and support services, offering a beacon of hope to those in our community facing challenges related to homelessness and affordable housing. As we move into 2024, keep up with Housing Catalysts’ work and future projects HERE. 

1 Mission: Empowering Lives Through Housing and Services

At the heart of Community Catalysts is a singular mission: to serve as a catalyst for positive change. Together with our partners, we strive to empower seniors, veterans, the homeless, and others with limited resources through the provision of quality affordable housing and essential services. 

This commitment forms the foundation of our journey towards creating a better and more inclusive community.

In counting these awesome 2023 milestones, we recognize each number represents a story, a journey, a personal sacrifice, and a step toward a brighter future.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for every way you’ve supported, encouraged, donated, volunteered, and cheered us on this past year. 

We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings!

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