(Plain Press, May 2017) Eileen Kelly, after having served for more than two decades as the Outreach Minister at St. Colman Church in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, has accepted a new position as the Director of the Identification Crisis Collaborative (IDCC).
In making the announcement on Linkedin, Kelly speaks of her role in founding the ID Crisis Collaborative in 1999 as part of her work as Outreach Minister at St. Colman. She notes the collaborative consists of 28 agencies around Cuyahoga County. Kelly says “The IDCC pays for birth certificates, replacement Driver’s Licenses, and replacement or original State IDs for adults with low income. The IDCC pays for birth certificates for children of families who have low income if they are registering for Kindergarten, or if their parent or guardian is applying for subsidized housing; the IDCC pays for a birth certificate and ID for teens in families that have low income, who are 15-17 years old and need an ID to work.”
Kelly says, “Last year the IDCC provided about 5,000 people with over 7,500 documents so they can work, attend school, college or vocational programs, obtain housing, vote or get medical tests and procedures.”
St. Colman Church will continue to be a member of the collaborative and provide ID and Birth Certificate services. In the April 23rd parish bulletin, the church said, “St. Colman is a founding member of the ID Crisis Collaborative and still provides these documents to those in need.” The bulletin noted that every Wednesday, by appointment, eligible people meet with ID Collaborative volunteers in the School and use the same procedures and vouchers that all the agencies in the ID Crisis Collaborative use.
The St. Colman bulletin said to qualify for service by the ID Collaborative “one must be eligible for or receiving food stamps, or have Social Security Disability or Retirement as their only income.” Those wishing to access this service at St. Colman can call Elena Latorre at the Parish Office to make an appointment. Those wishing to volunteer their services to help on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. can also call the Parish Office at 651-0550.
The St. Colman bulletin also noted that Eileen Kelly is now directing this county wide collaborative full time and will be working out of an office at the West Side Catholic Center at W. 32nd and Lorain Avenue. Eileen Kelly can be reached there at 631-4741, ext. 300.