Neighborhood House Prepares Students for Upcoming School Year

On Saturday, August 14, Neighborhood House, in collaboration with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (Crittenton Hospital) and the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, will once again prepare eligible students with school supplies, backpacks, and back to school clothing in preparation for a brand-new school year.

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“Blast Off 2 School has helped several families within our community prepare to return to school for over ten years running. We are expecting a greater need than last year since the children will be attending in-person classes. “The community’s generous support in the past years has been key to the program’s success,” said coordinator Michele Knoblauch. The annual Blast Off 2 School event has impacted hundreds of local families over the years and reached a total of 450 children in 2020.

Blast Off 2 School will take place at the Neighborhood House Food Pantry located at 1315 N Pine St, Rochester, MI from 10:00-2:00 p.m. The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan will be contributing school clothing, a book, and a hygiene kit for every child. The event is free for Neighborhood House clients and families with children ages 4-18 who qualify for Medicaid or free and reduced lunch programs. Families must live in Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Leonard, or Addison Township (ID required). The deadline to register for school supplies and clothing is August 4.

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital will be providing free health screenings and sports physicals to all students on Monday, August 2, from 3:00-7:30 p.m. Health screenings will take place at Neighborhood House’s main office located at 1720 S. Livernois, Rochester Hills. Students must qualify for Medicaid or free and reduced lunch programs to have a health screening or sports physical. Please register by July 26.

Neighborhood House is seeking donations to help make the Blast Off 2 School event successful. Donations are being accepted July 13- August 6. For school supply wish list items click the following link AMAZON Wish List.

For questions, please contact Michele Knoblauch, Volunteer Coordinator at or 248-651-5836 ext. 15. 

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