Michigan State University Extension - Ionia County
50 East Sprague Road
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Greening Michigan Institute
Senior Extension Educator Brenda Long served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Ionia County from 2002 until the MSU Extension restructuring in 2010, when Long’s responsibilities expanded to six mid-Michigan counties, including Montcalm, Gratiot, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham. Long has been responsible for planning, promoting, conducting and evaluating education programs focused on financial capacity, home buyer, foreclosure prevention and health insurance education. As current co-chair of the Financial and Homeownership workteam, Long has been instrumental in developing and/or training for regional and statewide programs that enhance county programs. She has also been the Principal Investigator for several federal grants and supervises one Program Instructor.
April 4, 2018 | Savings are an asset, and there are options for individuals for people with disabilities that do not impact the asset limits with Social Security Income (SSI), Medicaid or other benefits.
April 2, 2018 | Michigan State University Extension has an important role to play in addressing issues of financial health of individuals and families through community-based educational programs.
March 19, 2018 | Economic reasons are causing more people to work longer or return to work during retirement.
February 14, 2018 | Homeowners can stay in their homes after the sheriff sale, usually 6 months.
January 22, 2018 | Identity theft is a fast growing crime in the United States. For fraud to occur, the three factors needed are opportunity, incentives and rationalization.
January 8, 2018 | January 13 is Make Your Dream Come True Day. Give yourself your best shot at success for financial hopes and dreams. Set doable and meaningful goals, and plan to save.
September 25, 2017 | Consider the pros and cons of working and not working when about to retire. Also have a fallback strategy ready if you realize you need to go back to work.
August 24, 2017 | It is vital to strategically plan for the realities of health costs in retirement.
August 24, 2017 | Your credit score might go up due to new credit report standards that went into effect July 1.
August 23, 2017 | Plan ahead to make smart choices.