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    Michigan's AmeriCorps Member of the Month

    MI AmeriCorps Member of the Month - April 2014: Vicki Newcomb, MI Foreclosure Prevention Corps

    Since November 2011, Vicki Newcomb has demonstrated reliability and flexibility, and has increased the efficiency of the foreclosure program at the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) office in Ionia. Vicki is a full-time AmeriCorps member serving with the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps (MFPC).

    The MFPC is administered through the Community & Economic Development Association of Michigan and engages 20 full-time AmeriCorps members placed at foreclosure counseling agencies throughout the state. These members increase housing counseling agencies' ability to serve homeowners facing foreclosure by taking on critical support functions such as intake, triage, community outreach, education, and generating a sustainable volunteer base.

    Vicki’s knowledge of processing mortgage loan applications meant she already had background knowledge of relevant financial terms, and she was a quick learner in her AmeriCorps foreclosure prevention role. She assisted with intake appointments, organized and standardized client files and close-out procedures, updated a community resource directory for Ionia, Montcalm, and Barry Counties, provided MSHDA (MI State Housing Development Authority) Profile and HCO (Home Counselor Online) data entry for client files, and represented the organization at several community events. The organization has benefited from Vicki’s eager response to take on new projects and to problem solve until the projects are completed. She has also assisted with new marketing outreach efforts, including mailings to homeowners of locally advertised foreclosure notices, Facebook posts, and targeted local agency contacts.

    “Vicki’s greatest strengths are her organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as her computer expertise,” stated site supervisor and Extension Educator Brenda Long. “She is always willing to help clients, responds quickly to supervisor requests, and is very punctual. Vicki’s positive attitude and performance have remained consistent throughout the years.”

    With the help of the AmeriCorps Education Award, Vicki has completed her Associate’s Degree and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree.

    For more information about the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps, please contact program director Rachel Diskin at diskin@cedam.info. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.

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