BACN Executive Director Gerri VanAntwerp returned to give us an update on the non-profit that describes itself as "A caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors."
While BACN (Benzie Area Christian Neighbors) has long been a fixture in Benzie County, it continues to find new ways to deepen the services it provides.  Partnering with Northwest Michigan Works! it offers employment services that include learning labs covering GED test preparation, ESL and computer literacy.  BACN has an employment specialist who can even help clients select appropriate clothing.
Relying in part on the Food Security Report published by Sunrise Rotarian Kris Thomas, BACN has put together a new food package.  It also sponsors food demonstrations and partners with Grow Benzie to be sure that no food goes to waste.
BACN also  works with the Benzie County Council on Aging and Benzie Bus to ensure that seniors can avail themselves of COA services.  An internship program has also been added, as has a two-hour class on record-keeping.
With 120 volunteers BACN serves 1,500 families in our area.  About 30% of the individuals receiving BACN service are seniors, while another 60% are either disabled or working poor.  Gerri thanked Sunrise Rotary for its ongoing support of its many vital programs.