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United Methodist Church
(Michigan Area)

1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Ste 1, Flint, MI 48504

(810) 922-2257

Issue Summary

Five Major Categories


Water Safety

Tap water continues to be an issue, it is just below the governmental actionable rate of 15 parts per billion (13 parts). Water is not safe to drink, bottle water funding from the State of Michigan is limited, the populous does not trust water filters. education is needed and this scenario is causing mounting stress in Flint.



Nutrition education is going well, relative to lead mitigation, the challenge is getting generational poor eating habits to change while there are limited outlets to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables with affordable prices.



Unemployment is driven by limited economic development, legal violation disqualifiers (criminal record, poor driving records, drug usage) and poor employment history. Another factor is poor academic preparation that is driven by inequitable socio-economic justice issues.


Water Access

High water bills are no longer supplemented; the city is implementing water shut-offs.


Missional Fruitfulness

The Missional challenge for our churches is to reach the lost for Jesus Christ, while supporting the meta-needs of the community, without losing sight of the “great commission.”

Implications: Lead Exposure

Implications: Lead Exposure

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  • Effects in children generally occur at lower BLLs than in adults.
  • The developing nervous system of a child can be affected adversely at BLLs of less than 10 µg/dL. It is often impossible to determine these effects upon clinical examination.
  • There is a wide range of neurological effects associated with lead exposure, some of which may likely be irreversible.
  • Lead exposure can lead to renal effects such as Fanconi-like syndromes, chronic nephropathy, and gout.
  • Most lead-associated renal effects or disease are a result of ongoing chronic or present high acute exposure or can be a latent effect of chronic past lead exposure.
  • Lead inhibits several enzymes critical to the synthesis of heme, causing a decrease in blood hemoglobin.
  • Lead interferes with a hormonal form of vitamin D, which affects multiple processes in the body, including cell maturation and skeletal growth.
  • Lead exposure may lead to increased risk for hypertension and its sequelae.
  • Evidence suggests an association between lead exposure and certain reproductive and developmental outcomes.
  • Maternal blood lead, from exogenous and endogenous sources, can cross the placenta and put the fetus at risk.

Implications: Tap Water

Implications: Tap Water

  • Water cannot be safely consumed without a filter – risk of operator error unless an under the sink unit is installed – they are not in mass
  • Three years before a complete replacement of lead line pipes being replaced in the city
  • Risk of random lead particles being lodged in home fixtures even after pipe replacement
  • Faucet fixture programs not widely known – available for low income
  • High Water Costs – citizens cannot control these costs because of structural leakage
  • Water infrastructure costs are high:
    • Mismanagement of financial surplus
    • Poor maintenance of plant assets – historically
    • Neglect of the infrastructure
    • Poor decision-making of water cost control opportunities (Detroit offer)
  • Governmental subsidies to citizens for a high cost water system has ended – water notices are going out for shut-offs
  • Generational physiological impacts
  • Social apathy and insensitivity
  • Community Trauma – PTSD
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Community Trauma – PTSD

  • Inability to remember an important aspect of the traumatic events (not due to head injury, alcohol, or drugs)
  • Persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs or expectations about oneself, others, or the world (e.g., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted,” “The world is completely dangerous”).
  • Persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
  • Persistent, distorted blame of self or others about the cause or consequences of the traumatic events
  • Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  • Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
  • Persistent inability to experience positive emotions

Implications: Nutrition

Implications: Nutrition

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Calcium keeps your bones strong and the lead out.

  • Milk and milk products, such as yogurt and cheese
  • Green leafy vegetables, including kale and turnip, mustard and collard greens
  • Calcium-fortified foods, such as orange juice, soy milk and tofu
  • Canned salmon and sardines

Iron also blocks lead from being absorbed.

  • Lean red meats
  • Iron-fortified cereal, bread and pasta
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins and prunes
  • Beans and lentils

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron better, but also may help with getting rid of lead.

  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit
  • Other fruits such as kiwi, strawberries and melon
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers

Implications: Economic Impact

Implications: Economic Impact

  • Limited “Livable Wage” employment opportunities
  • Dramatically decreased home and land values
  • Reduced capacity to retain and attract the best and the brightest
  • Need for an effective casting of a regional vision
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Collaborative UMC Initiatives


  • Basic Human Needs
    • Help Centers
    • Resource Centers
    • Home Delivery
  • Skin Seminars
  • Infant Massage Classes
  • Financial Management Training
  • Education Initiatives
    • Freedom School
    • Tutoring Programs
    • Urban Male Initiative
    • Pop Up Museum / Flint Children’s Museum – Stem
    • Summer Camp Scholarships

Regular Collaborative Meetings

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  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Corporate
  • Faith-Based
  • Government Agencies
  • Community Organizations
  • Universities


Community Help Centers