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Dan Spaniola

I feel strong that they’re trying their hardest to try and get it back here. We’ve seen improvements; we’ve seen more stuff coming down town. I don’t think it will ever get back to what it used to be, but better than it was a few years ago. Actually more and more people and different people every month or so. They’re trying to make a college town out of it, which is good because we need people here.

Father Tim MacDonald

The Flint Experience 

I have a passion for giving back to the community, especially for feeding the community. If the community had not been there for me when I was growing up, I would not have survived. 

When Father Tim MacDonald’s parents moved to Flint in 1966, the city was a welcome destination for families.

“My parents came to Michigan in 1966. They recall it being a beautiful and exciting place,” says Father Tim. “My father is still there now, 49 years later.  I remember it as a place with good schools and lots of opportunities.”

Homelessness, jail and drugs

Glenda says she’s a changed woman, thanks to the Center for Hope 

“I would look around at people on the bus and think ‘They’re normal. Why can’t I be normal?’ But every time I tried to get off the heroine, the sickness would start. I was totally dependent. ‘Couldn’t function without it, even though it ruined my teeth, gave me terrible diarrhea and made me hurt all over.

I learned I could stand on my own

How the N.E.W. Life Center changed Cara’s life

Cara Manns has a memory from when she was five years old. She is sitting in the back seat of a car with her mother and Big Jimmy in front. From between the bucket seats, she sees the man slip something into her mama’s drink. Then the memory skips ahead to an ambulance taking her mother away, never to come home again. She can still remember the dress she wore to her mother’s funeral, but she never remembers hearing anything about Big Jimmy being held accountable for her mother’s death. She was just gone.

Historian impressed by Church teachings

After 50 years, joining the Catholic Church was ‘worth the wait’

In 50 years, what will you accomplish? Will you get married? Have kids? Grow in your career? 

Seventy-four-year-old James Davis, of Dexter, has done all of that. He and his wife have two daughters, and he was a history professor for about half a century. And throughout those 50 years, James – who was born and raised Presbyterian – familiarized himself with the history and beliefs of the Catholic Church, ultimately leading to his conversion in 2014.


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