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Flint business takes center stage at State of the State address

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(01/17/14) - A Mid-Michigan business took center stage at Thursday nights State of the State address.

It was a proud moment for a Flint-based ministry that has helped hundreds of women, down on their luck, become employed and independent once again.

They went to Lansing to put the spotlight on Flint at Thursday night's State of the State address. Sister Judy and Sister Carol got a standing ovation on one of Michigan's most important nights.

"To see everyone standup and applaud for something we just think is what needs to be done, it was a powerful experience," said sister Carol Weber.

The real power lies in the incredible story unfolding at St. Lukes New Life Center. It's called N.E.W Life Enterprises - a business that grew out of the determination to help those in need.

In calling Michigan a comeback state, Gov. Snyder urged others to note what's happening in this once-vacant school.

"It's a story of two entrepreneurs that came together and 'let's create a business.' And they went out and they got a partnership going with Diplomat Pharmacy. They can sew designer scrubs. Diplomat actually changed their dress code so more people can wear these scrubs," Gov. Snyder said.

New Life now has 26 people working on site. For many, like Olivia Wilson, it's not just a job - it truly is a ' new life'.

"They build up my self esteem and it just helps me to communicate with other people and do whatever I can to help out," Wilson said.

"Being able to help people, men and women who really want to work, it's just that there are not jobs. For most of them, sewing is not what they thought they would ever be doing, but it's a job and it's a hope for them," Sister Carol said.

New Life is preparing to hire more employees. They hope to have a workforce of 100 by the end of the year.

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