Every month, more than 300 people visit Saline Area Social Service for food and assistance.
Thanks in large part to the Washtenaw Urban County Executive Committee and its Saline representative, Linda TerHaar, visitors now park their vehicles in a new parking lot. Prior to this, the facility, located at Mills Street and Michigan Avenue, was served by a gravel lot.
Mary Hancock, who serves on the Saline Area Social Service board, represented the non-profit agency at the June 18 city council meeting. Hancock presented Councillor TerHaar with a framed "thank you" card that was signed by staff and board members.
"She was very helpful in obtaining our new parking lot," Hancock said. "We are very, very thankful. Thank you from our staff, the families, our board and everyone at Saline Area Social Service for getting the grant for our new parking lot."
TerHaar was a little surprised by the expression of gratitude and took very little credit for the grant which funded the parking lot project.
"I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time," TerHaar said. "We have a long history in Saline of support and volunteering for Saline Area Social Service. So we all have a chance to help Saline Area Social Service."
Mayor Brian Marl said TerHaar was being typically modest.
"She serves with great distinction on the Urban County Committee. When we first decided to participate I think there was some cynicism as to whether we would derive funding. Linda's persistence and dedication has allowed the city to access some dollars and support a very valuable entity in our community," Marl said.
Marl said Saline Area Social Service was ona "great trajectory" and encourage staff to keep up the great work.
Saline Area Social Service provides low-income residents with a food bank and other assistance. To learn more or to donate, visit http://www.salinesocialservice.com.