Resource fair for Benton Harbor residents to learn about lead exposure set for November 4

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is hosting a resource fair on November 4 for City of Benton Harbor residents to learn about the health impacts of lead and how to reduce lead exposure.

The City of Benton Harbor Water Resource Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Benton Harbor Housing Commission/Virginia Edwards Community Center located at 721 Nate Wells Drive in Benton Harbor.

Those who attend are asked to wear masks.

“This Resource Fair will provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions about health effects of lead, how to get tested for lead and steps they can take to reduce or eliminate lead exposure in their homes and lives,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Information about services available to remove lead from their homes, how to get their water tested and other resources will also be available.”

Mental health resources will also be available at the fair.

Distribution of free bottled water will continue this week:

Tuesday, Nov. 2

  • Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller Street, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Self-service)
  • Abundant Life Church of God, 693 Columbus Avenue, noon – 2 p.m.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 214 E. Britain Avenue, 4 – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

  • Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller Street, 3 – 6 p.m., (Water loaded into vehicles by volunteers)

Thursday, Nov. 4

  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 214 E. Britain Avenue, 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Brotherhood of All Nations, 1286 Monroe Street, 4-6 p.m.
  • Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller Street, 4.-6 p.m. (Self-service)

Friday, Nov. 5

  • Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Self-service)

Saturday, Nov. 6

  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, 600 Nate Wells Sr. Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
  • Harbor of Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 769 Pipestone Street, 4-6 p.m.      
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