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George Eason

Position: Homeless Liaison
School: Detroit Public Schools
School District: Detroit Public Schools
City, State: Detroit, MI

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George Eason was nominated by a friend, Norlena Brown.

Mr. Eason has over 30 years of experience in human service and child welfare advocacy. After receiving his Eastern Michigan University (EMU) degree, he began his career as a treatment specialist and eventually became a social worker for Wolverine Human Services. From there, Mr. Eason became a regulation agent for Wayne County Family Independence Agency and then joined the Detroit Public Schools in 1994, where he has served as an attendance officer and now the Homeless Liaison. Most recently (May 21, 2015), Mr. Eason was awarded the Community Champion Award from the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness for exemplifying and embodying the efforts that have a direct impact on the issue of homelessness.

With Mr. Eason’s guidance as President of the EMU Black Alumni Chapter, the Office for Alumni Relations organized an event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. This event was recognized by the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) as an outstanding diversity program in 2007. EMU honored Mr. Eason with its Alumnus Achievement Award in 2008.The EMU Black Alumni Chapter also honored Mr. Eason with its Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and 2014 and continues to attribute the chapter’s success to his leadership.

In 2007, Mr. Eason implemented and coordinated the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Summer Recruitment/Retention Project and was the Team Lead for Attendance Agents on the same project in 2011. Most recently, Mr. Eason served as the Field Director for the 2013-2014 District Enrollment Campaign, which assisted the district in reducing the number of students leaving the system that year. Mr. Eason served as the District Liaison for Project Care, a collaboration between DPS, The Michigan Dept. of Human Services and other School Districts in Michigan regarding foster Care Youth (2011-2012).

A dedicated community volunteer, Mr. Eason has regularly donated his time to several organizations in the Detroit area. For over seven years, he coordinated the Detroit Public Schools “Coats for Kids” program. He currently serves as a member of the Wayne County Foster Care Review Board and the Vanguard Community Development Corporation Board and is vice president of Student Assistance Services Incorporated (S.A.S.I). Mr. Eason is a member of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) serving on the NAECHY-Wayne County Youth Task Force. Mr. Eason was recently (2015) elected to serve a two-year term on the Detroit Continuum of Care Board and is a member of the City of Detroit Homeless Task Force. Additionally, Mr. Eason developed the Master’s Men Mentoring Program at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit.