What started as a help-line in 1970 to help people in crisis has evolved
into a multi-faceted organization to help children, youth, and families,
during each critical point in their lives. Minority Program Services
had an almost humble beginning, with college students manning help lines
for those in trouble with drugs.
Today, it helps people before they get into trouble with drugs, as well
as helping those already hooked.
Minority Program Services recent move (to Wyndam Woods Centre in Albion)
is only the latest in a 27 - year history of name changes and relocations.
What follows is a brief history of the group, according to its current
directory Harry Bonner, Sr.
1970 - The Albion Help Line begins operating
out of Albion College.
1971 - The Help Line becomes the Drop-In Center
on Walnut Street
1972 - The Drop-In Center moves to 217 Center Street
1975 - Bonner works two years at Albion High School,
during which he said he learned to work with young people
1977 - Bonner becomes assistant director of Albion
Drop - In Center
1979 - the Center becomes part of REACH, Inc. (Referral,
Education, Awareness, Crisis Intervention, and Health.)
1982 - The group becomes Call Someone Concerned
and operates out of the Professional Plaza near Sheldon Manor. Later
it merges with an Adrian version of the program. Bonner serves as
1984 - Bonner becomes the education coordinator
for both programs in Albion and Adrian.
1986 - Call Someone Concerned becomes the four -
county Substance Abuse Prevention Agency.
1989 - SAPA loses its funding. Bonner is soon
put in charge of Minority Program Services by Bonnie John-Murray, then
director of South Central Michigan Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency.
"She is one of the people that I have the utmost respect for, " Bonner
said. The offices moved to 112 Superior Street.
1997 - Minority Program Services moves in with Behavioral
Health Resources at 300 B. Drive, Albion, Michigan.
||Harry J. Bonner, Sr.
Harry Bonner, Sr. was called on early on in his career to work with
young people. As the executive director of Minority Program Services
in Albion, he has been able to recognize the needs of young people, including
educational and social opportunities, and respond to those needs in a manner
consistent with his beliefs.
Minority Program Services is a substance abuse prevention program aimed
at providing young people with academic, social, and life skills to be
able to succeed in life. Through Mr. Bonner's dedicated efforts,
young people have been able to learn, grow and interact with others in
the community, state and nation.
Reaching beyond his professional position in substance abuse prevention,
Mr. Harry Bonner, Sr. has made a long-term commitment to the success of
children and youth in Calhoun County. His efforts have been praised
by local school districts, government agencies, state and regional substance
abuse agencies, and state and national Cooperative Extension organizations.
Mr. Bonner's motto is "Sucess is a choice." It is your decision.
Joined in a commitment to do all we can to prevent the further
increase of community problems and loss of life caused by drug use and
To provide the leadership in developing a community wide vision and
plan for eliminating substance abuse in Calhoun County community.
Minority Program Services is the only primary Minority Focus Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Other Drug Program in the Calhoun County area, and received
national recognition from the Michigan State University Children, Youth
and Families Program. Minority Program Services reached over 50,000 people
each year with their anti drug message of positive youth development.
Minority Program Services Provides:
Albion Black Family Reunion
Kwanzaa Institute for Youth Development
Albion Men of Vision
A Guide to the Winners Circle
Community Partnerships for Drug Prevention
Substance Abuse Workgroup of the Calhoun County Human Service
Safe & Drug Free Schools Violence Prevention Program
Albion Health Alliance 200 Project
City of Albion Community Oriented Problem Solving Project
Communities Advisory Committee
Communities That Care
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Minority Program Services
Harry J. Bonner, Sr. Executive Director
Wyndam Woods Centre
300 B. Drive North
P.O. Box 265
Albion, Michigan 49224
Phone (517) 629-2113
Fax (517) 629-2029
Web Site by Maggie LaNoue
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Last updated 9-30-98