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Ypsilanti District Library

Expanded Programs for Families and Children at the Superior Township Branch
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Ypsilanti District Library a $18,000 grant to expand existing and develop new youth and family programming.

Details
With no other public buildings nearby, Ypsilanti District Library’s new library in Superior Township will have room to provide education, social services, health programs, early literacy, and arts and cultural activities for youth and families.

Learn more about Ypsilanti District Library.

Winning Futures

College Support Fund and One-on-One Mentoring for Southeast Michigan High School and College Students
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Winning Futures a $100,000 grant to support one-on-one mentoring opportunities for high school students and to provide financial assistance for students in college and/or trade school.

Details
Winning Futures’ One-on-One Mentoring Program empowers high school students to prepare for postsecondary education and the College Support Fund provides direct aid to students once in college and/or trade school.

Learn more about Winning Futures.

SER Metro, Jobs for Progress

YouthBuild Learning Academy
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded SER Metro, Jobs for Progress an $86,000 grant, over two years, to support young people ages 18-24 to obtain credentials that increase employability.

Details
SER YouthBuild Learning Academy provides young people who are neither enrolled in school or participating in the workforce with an alternative educational pathway. Following the established Department of Labor YouthBuild model, young people can complete their high school degree, get hands-on construction training, and gain credentials for the construction trades.

Learn more about SER Metro, Jobs for Progress.

Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice

Providing UIA Assistance to Vulnerable Community Members
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice a $57,500 grant to support Southeast Michigan residents’ access to unemployment benefits.

Details
The Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice will provide assistance to Southeast Michigan residents accessing unemployment benefits. Additionally, it will host educational workshops, as well as train and supervise law students and pro-bono volunteers to ensure expanded access.

Learn more about Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

Food Gatherers

Emergency Food Purchasing
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Food Gatherers a $100,000 grant to cover the increased cost associated with food purchasing.

Details
The cost of food has increased due to inflation and supply chain disruptions. The category of food with the highest price increases – meat, poultry, and seafood – is frequently requested and is of critical importance to provide youth and families with a variety of food options for a nutritious and balanced diet.

Learn more about Food Gatherers.

Detroit Police Athletic League

2023 Littles Programming
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Police Athletic League (Detroit PAL) a $78,934 grant that will serve youth ages 4-8 with a range of athletic programming.

Details
Detroit PAL will serve youth ages 4-8 who participate in soccer, basketball, t-ball, hockey, cheer, golf, and flag football. The grant will support uniforms, equipment, books, and healthy snacks.

Learn more about Detroit Police Athletic League.

Accounting Aid Society

2023 Tax Site Technology Project
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Accounting Aid Society $25,000 to purchase and deploy portable technology to help low-income clients file taxes.

Details
Accounting Aid Society will enhance and expand the technology in use at its in-person and virtual tax sites, which will decrease the overall time needed to provide service to clients and increase the overall number of clients served. Accounting Aid anticipates that it will be able to serve 16,000 clients in 2023, an increase of approximately 10% over the 2022 tax season.

Learn more about Accounting Aid Society.

Midnight Golf Program

Family Matters
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Midnight Golf Program a $134,800 grant for food costs for the 2022-2023 Life Skills and Mentorship Program.

Details
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will support food costs associated with Midnight Golf Program’s 2022-2023 Life Skills and Mentorship Program. The catered dinners will be provided during each of the weekly program days between October 2022 and May 2023.

Learn more about Midnight Golf Program.

Michigan Humane

Increasing Career Pathways in Veterinary Medicine for a Thriving Workforce & Economy
2022-2027

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Michigan Humane $500,000, over 5 years, to provide career pathway exposure, employment and mentorship for youth and young adults to develop future veterinary talent.

Details
Nationwide, a shortage of veterinary talent is impacting access to veterinary care. As pet ownership continues to rise, the gap between need and availability will grow. This exacerbates the difficulty of accessing veterinary care many families are already facing due to poverty and other challenges. Additionally, veterinary medicine suffers from a lack of diversity among veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians.

Learn more about Michigan Humane.

Growing Hope

Creating Safe Spaces & Nutritional Support for Ypsilanti Youth Through Agricultural Apprenticeship
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Growing Hope a $33,500 grant to provide employment and leadership development opportunities for local teens.

Details
As a result of limited access to fresh, affordable and culturally relevant food, diet-related health diseases are increasingly prevalent. Growing Hope’s Teen Leadership Program provides meaningful employment and leadership development opportunities, as well as addresses health inequities through wraparound programming by prioritizing local, often SNAP-eligible teens.

Learn more about Growing Hope.