MRDC Head Start awarded Rosanna Rodriguez the "Volunteer of the Year," a tremendous asset to families at MERDC who exemplifies true servanthood. Ms. Rodriguez came to this area six years ago from Mexico with no English skills and has blossomed into a valuable asset for MRDC and the community it serves. She is actively serving as the Parent Committees' secretary in Greensboro helping to bridge the gap between English and Spanish speaking parents. She has a willing demeanor, volunteering in the classroom and assisting parents with translation needs in her spare time. Currently, Ms. Rodriguez is attending English as a Second Language classes and will soon be taking her final GED exam.
MRDC Head Start named Angelo Granado Sr. as "Parent of the Year." Mr. Granado has shown exceptional interest in the program and has become a valued advocate for the Head Start program. Mr. Granado demonstrates a willingness to help in any capacity. In his words, "I am part of the team!" During the holidays he helped the staff collect Toys foe tots and refu8bhised six bicycles to be g8ive out to Head Start Families. His involvement in his son's education through homework, parent/child activities and parent trainings is to be commended. He exemplifies Male Involvement in Head Start.
Families Complete Group Workshops
Twelve families completed pre-purchase homebuyer education workshops, financial literacy classes including home financing, budgeting and/or credit repair. MRDC housing staff have worked diligently to provide mortgage delinquency financial management for homeowners, and predatory lending classes to prepare clients for home ownership.
Families Assisted with Foreclosure Prevention
Though 2010 was a difficult year for a lot of families residing in MRDC's service area, MRDC assisted 150o families through resolving or preventing mortgage delinquency. More than 45 families received mortgage modifications before the year ended with assistance from our qualified staff.
Throughout the year, MRDC Housing Services staff prepared and worked tirelessly on maintaining information and documentation necessary to maintain our HUD Certification Renewal. This was successfully completed and is valid through 2013.