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Washtenaw United: "Barrier Busters" Increases Efforts To Help Those Affected By Pandemic

Aug 24, 2020

Moonson Eninsche, human services manager at the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development
Credit Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

There are more than 90 service agencies and organizations in Washtenaw County helping area residents through the "Barrier Busters" program.  For many, COVID-19 has only increased the need for assistance.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair discussed the issues with Moonson Eninsche from the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.  


WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


ABOUT MOONSON ENINSCHE:

Moonson Eninsche supervises Washtenaw County's Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) direct service programs, including Foster Grandparents, Meals on Wheels and Cafes, and the Barrier Busters network. 

Moonson has been active in the local social work field for the last 20 years.  Prior to OCED, he developed foreclosure intervention programming at the Washtenaw County Treasurer's Office, and served on the statewide Foreclosure response leadership committee between 2008-2012.  He has also worked at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health psychiatric emergency and acute residential programming for just over 10 years. 

Moonson received his B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and is a registered Michigan Bachelor Social Worker.

RESOURCES:

Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

Barrier Busters

Barrier Busters Quarterly Report (COVID-19 Response: March 18-June 30, 2020)

UWWC STATEMENT:

Through UWWC’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, UWWC made a total of two grant awards totaling $30,000 to Barrier Busters.  With this additional funding, Barrier Busters was able to provide additional direct assistance to people with low incomes to meet rent, food, utility, and other basic needs.

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