The Lake Trust Latest

Bringing Back the Art of the Family Dinner

June 28, 2017


What's for dinner? It's the dreaded question that plagues all of us in the evening hours. When we're tired from a long day, the last thing most of us want to do is make another decision. So, we reach for fast food or find some other quick solution to stave off our hunger pains. Instead of offering another take-out option, Lake Trust business members Dan and Liz found a unique way to help families enjoy mealtime again.

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Topics: Member stories, Be Yourself, Small Business

The Faces of Lake Trust: AJ

December 26, 2016


Face each day head on and with an open mind. This is the internal dialogue that Adam, or AJ as he's more popularly known, considers before beginning his day as the Facilities Coordinator at Lake Trust HQ. As an enthusiastic learner, he takes every opportunity he can to absorb new knowledge from his peers. This love of learning makes him resilient to the challenges he faces at work and at his side hustle as a custom woodworker.

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Topics: Lake Trust Employees, Be Yourself

The Strength of Her Passion: Del's Story

September 16, 2016


On an early Tuesday morning, a group of six women gathers together in a small studio. Music blares from a speaker and each woman hustles to her assigned station to begin working out. In the flurry of quick movements stands Del, the class instructor. Her commanding voice is full of energy as she calls out words of encouragement to each woman in the room. 

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Topics: Member stories, Be Yourself, Small Business

Young in Age, Big in Heart: Connor's Story

June 20, 2016


Like most young boys, Connor loves to explore the great outdoors and use his imagination to build things. At almost 10-years-old, he practices martial arts and he's interested in writing books. But he also has a very unique interest for someone his age; He wants to make the world a better place.

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Topics: Member stories, Giving Back, Be Yourself

Changing the Game: Ultimate Soccer Arenas

June 15, 2016


Each time George went to cheer on his daughters at their soccer games, he always left feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. He missed shots because the lights weren't bright enough, the summer months brought on sweltering heat and the brisk evenings were felt indoors. After attending too many games with inadequate facilities, George finally had enough and decided to take matters into his own hands. 

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Topics: Member stories, Giving Back, Be Yourself, Small Business

The Business of Community: Mert's Meats

April 12, 2016


Nestled in the corner of a strip mall in Okemos, MI sits a quaint grocery store with a history older than the building itself. Opening its doors in 2011, Mert's Specialty Meats is more than just a place to buy quality food items. It's a gathering place where people connect over their love of food and community.

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Topics: Member stories, Be Yourself

For the Love of Dogs: A Tale of Hope

March 08, 2016


When Amy arrived home from vacation to find her German shepherd missing, she was devastated. In the search to find her beloved pet, she stumbled across other dogs who were lost and met people who were dedicated to helping those animals find their way back home or make their way to a new home. The connections she made and the frequent visits to area shelters struck a cord and opened her eyes to the great need for rescue dog care.

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Topics: Member stories, Giving Back, Be Yourself

Honoring the Work of Mike

December 10, 2015


A few months ago we had the pleasure of meeting Lake Trust member Mike and hearing the inspirational story of how he cares for elderly veterans. When we last spoke, he shared a vision  of being able to take all of his residents to Washington, D.C. to tour the White House. As of September, Mike finally accomplished this dream. But his plans to help veterans don't end there. 

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Topics: Foundation, Member stories, Giving Back, Be Yourself

Finding a New Dream: Kaya Coffee House

August 26, 2015

Call it a stroke of luck or a chance of fate. When Emily heard that her old college hangout, a coffee house on the campus of Central Michigan University, was for sale, she knew that it was time for a major life change. Just a few months in as a business owner, she's loving the fact that she finally has the opportunity to call all the shots.

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Topics: Member stories, Be Yourself, Small Business

Lake Trust Member Highlight: Sarah, First Time Homebuyer

July 14, 2015


Home isn't just a place where we sleep or store our stuff; it's a mode of self-expression and a marker of where we are geographically and in life. Sometimes we can't really explain what makes a home; maybe it's the people who share the place with us, the decorations that describe who we are or the memories we make while residing there. Because of these things, it's no wonder we get emotionally attached to something that is essentially an organized pile of wood.

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Topics: Buying a Home, Member stories, Be Yourself