Resource Advocacy for Milan Seniors (RAMS)

What is RAMS?

No one tells you how to age, and there is no self help book for what you or your family may be going through next.  At this stage, everything tends to change quickly, leaving you swirling in a mound of information from this and that specialists – not to mention what the internet says.  It is confusing and overwhelming to say the least!

MSHL’s Resource Advocates are here to help you. They will listen to your story, hear your goals, and guide you to your next steps. Appointments with resource advocates can be over the phone, at MSHL, or at your home.

You can use our service if you are  60+ years of age living in the Milan zip code, 48160, OR are already using another MSHL service (such as Meals on Wheels).  If you are a caregiver to someone who qualifies, you are eligible as well!

Nothing! But donations are deeply appreciated. Currently the program is partially funded and while we continue to search and lobby for ongoing support, any donations you can make will help keep our waitlist under control!

  • Contact MSHL and explain your situation.
  • The Resource Advocate will make an appointment to reconnect with some of the information you were searching for. 
  • After receiving the referrals and services you were searching for (and unless you call sooner), the resource advocate will connect with you about two weeks later to make sure things are are working out as you needed.
  • Follow up “check-in’s” will happen regularly for approximately one year because we know too well how quickly things can change!

Each person’s service may look a little different depending on the situation and the needs.  Some of the timeline mentioned below will happen faster for some and will happen more frequent for others. Please know that for select situations, RAMS services can be done over the phone.  However, RAMS is most effective meeting the senior we are serving.

While RAMS will have interns from U of M and EMU supporting this program, our Lead Resource Advocate is Marie Gress, LMSW.  After working at Ann Arbor low-income community centers, Marie brought her community level experience and Washtenaw County resource knowledge to MSHL in 2014. Since then, Marie has been building relationships in Washtenaw and Monroe County resources, increasing resource availability for rural Milan, assisting with the needs of Meals on Wheels and Transportation clients, improving MSHL service delivery, improving data tracking, and assisting in grant writing to establish and maintain new services. On behalf of MSHL, Marie advocates senior issues in the Milan Eagle newspaper. Marie obtained her License for Master’s in Social Work in August 2018 with a focus in services to the aging. 

Marie, her husband Evan, and toddler daughter Lennox call Milan home and enjoy a variety of activities and establishments in town.  If you see them, be sure to say hello!

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