Futures for Frontliners


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with leaders in education, business, labor and workforce development, launched the nation’s first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April 2020 and June 2020. “This initiative is Michigan’s way of expressing gratitude to essential workers for protecting public health and keeping our state running,” Whitmer said. “Whether it was stocking shelves, delivering supplies, picking up trash, manufacturing PPE or providing medical care, you were there for us. Now this is your chance to pursue the degree or training you’ve been dreaming about to help you and your own family succeed.” To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a Michigan resident who worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 – June 30, 2020 and were required by their job to work outside the home during that timeframe. Eligible applicants must not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree nor be in default on a Federal student loan. All Futures for Frontliners scholarship applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2020. Frontline workers are encouraged to visit


to explore career opportunities, a list of local community colleges and get started on their application – even if they don’t already have a high school diploma.

If you would like help or have questions about the program, contact CLO’s success coach Stephanie Bourne at



COVID-19 {travel and your health}

If you are like us, you are on information overload regarding the coronavirus and feeling uncertain.  At CLO, we want to do our best to stay informed and mitigate our risk to employees and consumers.  In order to do this, we need help from you.


  • If you or someone who lives in your home is traveling in or has recently traveled in an identified higher risk area or outside of the country, please let Karen Burpee, HR Director, know so that we can make an informed decision related to how we move forward in order to decrease the risk for other employees and consumers.
  • If you feel ill and have symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath), inform your supervisor immediately.  We will require a doctor’s note before you return to work.  CLO will pay the co-pay for this doctor visit if you return with a doctor’s note indicating that you were seen for symptoms related to coronavirus and your receipt showing proof of payment.
  • If you haven’t done so already, please get the flu shot.  CLO will reimburse up to $30 for the flu shot.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover any cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid close contact with others when possible.
  • Continue to follow all precautions related to hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting described in previous memo.


We understand this is a very stressful time.  We want to remind you that both EAP and a Success Coach are available to you.


    • EAP  can be reached at 800-316-2796
    • Stephanie Bourne, CLO’s Success Coach, can be reached at 269-330-0466 or Stephanie@ERNSuccessCoach.com


The situation is changing quickly and I’m sure this isn’t the last communication you will get on this matter.  We will continue to keep you informed as things happen that impact CLO.  Feel free to contact your supervisor or any one on the administrative team with questions or concerns.

June 2022!

Community Living Options is proud to announce the continuation of confidential onsite success coaching for our staff.

The core of the ERN model is onsite confidential Success Coaching that employees can access on a predictable, ongoing basis – no more wasted hours in social services offices. Success Coaches offer direct connection to community resources for any challenges they are facing at work or at home. Employees who face a crisis from lack of resources can get immediate, personal relief at the workplace. Training and advanced education for work-based skills or life skills can be focused goals along with barrier reduction. Services are available to all ERN member employees. Success Coaches accommodate all shifts with off-site locations and alternate meeting times available upon request.

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Full Time Employees it’s Open Enrollment!!

This is your chance to make new elections or changes to your benefits for the upcoming benefit plan year, November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020.  Please go online to https://ovdinsurance.com/login/ and log into Engage For employees to complete your enrollment.  All employees, whether enrolling, changing coverage or waiving coverage must login and complete open enrollment by October 6th.

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