Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan

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Art Van Charity Challenge + Cindy Crawford

We’re in our second week of the Art Van Charity Challenge and we’d love your help to win some extra cash for our cause. Here we go…

The first 100 donations of at least $20 between May 26th at 2pm ET and June 2nd at 12pm ET will get a $20 match. And, every $20 you donate during that timeframe gets you an entry for a chance to win a personalized and signed head shot from Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman, philanthropist and the official 2015 “Art Van Charity Challenge” ambassador.

We could really use your help to raise so much money this week and we’ve got to do it fast for a chance to win those $20 matches. Anything you can give seriously makes all the difference so please Click Here and give what you can.

If you have any questions, please Email CrowdRise and they’ll be ready to dig in.

Thanks so, so much.

Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan

* Please Click Here for the Cindy Crawford rules.





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Surviving The School Countdown

The warm weather has arrived and you are finally remembering the reason you choose to live in Michigan.  When the shorts and t-shirts are pulled out from their long-term storage, everyone’s mind turns to summer plans and exciting vacations.  Unfortunately, our alarm clocks quickly remind us that we still have another month of school to survive before we can fully relax and the fun can begin.  So, how do you and your child survive the last month of school, the time when you’d rather be outdoors than at the table doing Math homework?  Here are a few pointers to help get you to the end:

  1. Keep Your Schedule Consistent: As much as you would love to relax on things like dinnertime and bedtime, it is vital that your schedule remain as consistent as possible so that your kids can continue to function at a healthy level. Their daily schedules require the same amount of concentration and stamina as they have throughout the school year.   Sure the sun is setting later, but that doesn’t mean your kids need to go to sleep later.  With all the energy they expend outside, kids need more sleep this time of year, not less.
  2. Review the Requirements: As the school year comes to a close, now is the time to look back at those long-term projects and set a plan to complete them. For example, that English project that will take more than one night to complete but has not been worked on at all throughout the semester will need to be broken down into achievable goals.  Relaxing on the school work might let something slip through the cracks and result in missing assignments and low final grades.
  3. Relax Your Weekends: With nice weather and spring activities, the weekends tend to fill up very quickly this time of year. It’s easy to find yourself running from one sport to the next, not to mention dances, recitals and various other showcases.  Be sure to schedule in some relaxing time so that you don’t come away from your weekends exhausted.  The weekday activities still require the same amount of time and energy as they have all year.  Going into them with less energy only compounds existing problems.
  4. Stay Engaged In Learning: This applies to both you and your student. Continue to ask them how their day was, who they played with, what they enjoyed, etc.  You may get the same answer as you have all year, but they need to know you are still interested in their learning process.  Help your student to remain invested in their work.  Assist them in choosing topics they are passionate about for their final projects, books or presentations.  Engage them with hands on activities and introduce nature artifacts to assignments they need to accomplish.  If they are more passionate, it will be easier to push through the end of the year work.
  5. Create Incentives: Everyone is more motivated if they are looking forward to something rewarding. Set up some incentives for your child to be successful in their final weeks.  Maybe it’s a trip to the ice cream store, a picnic in the park, or a visit to the zoo.  Choose something that will motivate them to finish strong but that will also encourage them to look forward to what the outdoors has to offer them this time of year.


Michigan is a great place to live with its changing seasons and fabulous summer activities.  As you look forward to enjoying your time away from the routine of school, be sure to finish strong so that everyone heads into summer on a high note.  Who knows, it might make going back in the fall that much easier too.

-Emily DeJong, L.M.F.T.



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$75,000 for Our Cause…

Help Us Win $75,000 for Our Cause


We’re really excited to let you know that we’re a part of the Art Van Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Art Van Furniture.

It all starts on May 18th and to give back, they’ll be donating $370,000 to local organizations. The charity that raises the most during the Challenge will get a $75,000 donation to their cause. In addition, the charities that come in 2nd through 10th place will also get donations to their causes ranging from $7500 to $65,000. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can for our cause so we can win the $75,000 grand prize donation. ​And, we really need your help to make it happen.

How You Can Help

It would be so amazing if our incredible supporters became fundraisers. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network, imagine the impact we can have.

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here  and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’

Once you start your fundraiser, make sure to update it with the story of why you’re one of our biggest fans. The more personal and compelling the story, the more likely you are to get donations. Also make sure to put pictures and even a video on your fundraising page to help illustrate why our cause means so much to you. Then, when the Challenge starts on May 18th, share it with everyone you know and start raising money.

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, please Click Here  starting May 18th at 12pm ET and give whatever you can. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.

Please email CrowdRise at if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything.

We’ll be posting throughout the Challenge so thank you in advance for your support.

Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan