GSSEM announces new Flint Service Center

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DETROIT—Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) will soon reopen its Flint, MI service center. The new location inside the Plaza One Building at 111 E. Court Street will include the Flint Council Shop and the service center where prospective and current Girl Scouts, their families, and adult volunteers can access meeting and activity space, and purchase Girl Scout merchandise.

“We are excited to reopen our Flint service center and give our Flint area members and girls a place of their own again,” said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM. “Our service centers are where volunteers go for trainings. We offer some programming at service centers, and of course, families come into our shops to buy uniforms, books, and other fun merchandise. Reopening this location fills a void for a large portion of our membership.”

GSSEM has more than 40,000 girl and adult members in its southeastern Michigan region. Nearly 1,500 girls in Flint and the surrounding area participate in Girl Scouting. The former GSSEM Flint Service Center and Council shop was on Austens Parkway. The building was sold this past fall.

“We are proud to welcome GSSEM, and its members, to the Plaza One building,” said Ghassan Saab, CEO of Sorenson Gross Construction Services. “Girl Scouts will be an excellent addition to the great tenants we already have; we look forward to a great relationship for a long time to come.”

The Flint service center will include the Council shop, occupying more than 1,100 square feet on the first floor of the building, and the service center with more than 2,000 square feet on the second floor. Free parking will be available immediately across the street.

“We are also excited about the prospect of furthering the Girl Scouting mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by building strong relationship with neighboring colleges in the downtown Flint area,” Dalrymple said. “This location puts Girl Scouts right in the action and gives us greater visibility to young people who are seeking ways to support their community and girls,” she concluded.

The new GSSEM Flint Council Shop and Service center is slated to open in early February 2014. For more information about Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, visit www.gssem.org.

About GSSEM

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is the local council chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), designed to help girls develop leadership skills through three key elements—Discover, Connect and Take Action. Each element has a set of five outcomes including girls develop a strong sense of self (Discover); girls develop healthy relationships (Connect); and girls can identify community needs (Take Action).

GSSEM serves nearly 42,000 girls and adult volunteers in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston Counties. GSSEM provides a girl-led, girl-centered, fun-filled quality leadership experience.