The Wellness Ministry consists of THREE separate ministries.

These volunteers provide short term assistance for our parishioners in basic areas such as: Meals, funeral luncheons, Household help during a crisis, Transportation to Mass, appointments and errands, and Emergency babysitting.

This team is made up of several health professionals who focus on the parish community's health of body, mind and spirit. Some of the activities include: Blood pressure screening, Flu shot clinics, CPR training classes, and health resources that include information, education and programs.

THE BEFRIENDER MINISTRYThese ministers are supervised, lay people who are trained to be pastoral listeners.
Unlike friends and family, they provide Strict confidentiality, A mutually agreed upon setting and duration, Listening with non-judgmental acceptance, and Eucharistic outreach. "We never have to go through any situation alone."

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus.

In our efforts to continue to provide you with the most up-to-the-date information and the need for all business owners to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations…Following are links to variety of resources provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.

Work Share –
The Governor’s Unemployment Insurance Executive Order (E.O. – attached) expands the State’s Work Share program. Employers are encouraged to implement the program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers.

Unemployment Benefits – Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at or 1-866-500-0017.

How to apply for benefits:

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Additional unemployment resources for employees can be found here:,5863,7-336-78421

Additional unemployment resources for employers can be found here:,5863,7-336-78421_97241_89980

Small Business Loans-
Congress passed legislation that makes $1 billion available to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor has informed SBA that she is seeking an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for the state and has initiated the process to receive the declaration from SBA. Once granted, small businesses in qualifying areas will be able to access low-interest loans through the SBA. In the interim, we are encouraging small businesses that could benefit from SBA loans to start collecting the information they’ll need to complete and submit their application.

Examples of information needed can be found here:

For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application in advance of the declaration, please contact the Michigan SBA offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs.

For more information, visit MEDC’s website: or call 888.522.0103.


Michigan Small Business Development Center-
Visit their website for additional information regarding resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily. 

The latest information is available at and 

The Howell Chamber will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

Yours in health,

Dianne Samples
Membership Development Director
Howell Area Chamber of Commerce