Nonprofit honors MSU Extension staff member

Gateway Community Services presented Norma Bermudez, Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition program assistant, with a certificate of appreciation on April 25 for the work she has done at Crossroads for the past 10 years.

Norma Bermudez, Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition program assistant received a certificate of appreciation from Gateway Community Services on April,25, 2013

Norma Bermudez, Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition program assistant received a certificate of appreciation from Gateway Community Services on April,25, 2013, for her work with young people at the Crossroads Center in Lansing, Mich. Photo credit: Joyce McGarry

Crossroads is a voluntary transitional living program for young people unable to live at home. The program helps prepare them for independent, self-sufficient living. Norma helps them reach that goal by teaching EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) classes.

Norma’s work is not limited to kids at the Crossroads. She works with families, youth and teen moms throughout Ingham County. Throughout her 27 years of working in MSU Extension, Norma has reached hundreds of people with lessons on food preparation, resource management and healthy eating. She’s adapted to changing from one-to-one home visits to group classes with style and professionalism.

Extension educator Joyce McGarry who supervises Norma said, “Building relationships with her clients and partnering agencies is one of Norma’s strengths. She is the first to work any community event ‒ seven days a week if needed. Everywhere she goes someone recognizes her as the person ‘who taught me how to plan meals’ or ‘who taught me to prepare easy, good recipes for my family.’”

Those kinds of comments are a great tribute to her dedication.

Congratulations to Norma!

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