S.C.R.A.P. Aims To Help Foreclosure Victims 3-30-2011 - WNEM TV 5

S.C.R.A.P. Aims To Help Foreclosure Victims 3-30-2011

A new grass roots organization is sprouting up in Saginaw. Its stated goal is to help one another ride out the economic storm.
The Saginaw Cooperative Regenerative Action Project, or S.C.R.A.P, includes the unemployed and people on the verge of foreclosure, and leaders said it’s time to come together.
Dawn Maturen and Lee Campbell come to the Dawn of a New Day coffee house in Saginaw once a week. Along the way, they pass several local businesses forced to shut their doors.
Campbell said the failing economy came down her block as well. "Gosh, I do lay at night wondering where we're going go,” said Campbell, S.C.R.A.P. co-founder. “I can't even tell my kids where we're going move."
Campbell’s family is losing their home, and she's been out of work for two years. Her husband is unemployed as well, and both have fully exhausted their unemployment benefits.
She said she felt it was time to make success happen on her own, so she started a grassroots organization. "Our spirits are broken and things aren't fixed as quickly as they broke," said Campbell.
Campbell said she wants to lift the spirits of others in the same situation she's in, and she wants to do it through S.C.R.A.P. With businesses closing and unemployment drying up, the group said if the government can't help, it’s time to help themselves.
"We were in a food line every week and that still wasn't enough to feed our family” said Campbell. “What are you supposed to do when you are starving?"
S.C.R.A.P. wants to bring people with different skills and backgrounds together to exchange ideas and services. Campbell said this economic downturn will not determine her family's fate. "Yes, you cry for a minute,” said Campbell. “But you have to stand up. I have two children. I'm all they have.”
The group is holding three "Building The Ark" workshops in the Saginaw area. Although there is a $25 charge, organizers said no one will be turned away if they can't pay.
The first meeting is on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Houghton-Jones Resource Center. Saturday’s meeting is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, and Sunday’s meeting is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dawn of a New Day coffeehouse and Café.
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