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Empowerment Plan

Empowerment Through Employment
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Empowerment Plan a $250,000 grant to provide job training, full-time employment and supportive services to homeless individuals.

Details
Funds from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will be directed to key programmatic initiatives including wage support and incentives for program participants, as well as expand programming and supplemental services. This will help create pathways out of homelessness toward economic empowerment and stability.

Learn more about Empowerment Plan.

Chaldean Community Foundation

Pathway to Prosperity
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Chaldean Community Foundation a $20,000 grant to support programs that increase financial security and stability for new Americans and low-income families.

Details
The Chaldean Community Foundation serves refugee and immigrant families, as well as families with low social economic mobility, who face barriers when acculturating to life in the United States and seeking more stable jobs. Funding will support English as a Second Language classes, career services, and educational town halls.

Learn more about Chaldean Community Foundation.

MCREST

Motel-Based Sheltering of Homeless Men During Continuing Pandemic
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded MCREST a $50,000 grant to house homeless men through motel-based sheltering.

Details
Prior to the pandemic, MCREST partnered with churches across Macomb County to provide shelter, meals, and shower facilities to homeless individuals and families. MCREST’s new shelter facility will house women and children.

Support will fund housing for 30 men at a time through motel-based sheltering as many church buildings remain closed.

Learn more about MCREST.

Detroit Horse Power

Connecting Detroit Youth with Horses to Foster Social-Emotional Learning
2022

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Horse Power a $35,000 grant to foster social emotional development for Detroit youth through its summer and year-round programming.

Details
Funding will be used by Detroit Horse Power for Detroit youth to have increased access to opportunities with horses by traveling to horse barns outside the city for free summer horse camps and the year-round after-school program.

Learn more about Detroit Horse Power.

Zaman International

Client Choice Food Pantry Coordinator
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Zaman International a $28,500 grant to hire a food pantry coordinator at the client choice pantry.

Details
Food is a primary need among the families Zaman International serves, making its client choice pantry one of the organization’s leading programs. The Food Pantry Coordinator position will interact with many of Zaman’s clients to help them achieve greater food security.

Learn more about Zaman International.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Home-Delivered Meals for Medically Fragile Adults Under 60
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels a $50,000 grant to support meals for homebound, medically fragile adults under the age of 60 in Eastern Washtenaw County.

Details
Support from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will be directed toward the provision of prepared meals for medically fragile adults under the age of 60. In addition to prepared meals, clients will have access to all of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels support services, including weekly delivery of fresh produce, pet support, case management by the social work team, and more.

Learn more about Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA)

Employment Barrier Removal
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) a $48,000 grant to remove employment barriers for low-income, employed Oakland County residents.

Details
The Employment Barrier Removal program will assist approximately 60 low-income, employed Oakland County residents remove a wide range of barriers that may hinder them from maintaining employment. Employment barrier removal will include assistance with transportation, child care, minor auto repairs, uniforms and professional attire, and more.

Learn more about Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA).

Forgotten Harvest

Mobile Food Distribution Program
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Forgotten Harvest a $225,000 grant to support the distribution of healthy food through its mobile pantries.

Details
Many metropolitan Detroit residents struggle to afford groceries due to continuing economic challenges. Forgotten Harvest will address this ongoing need through the distribution of approximately 28 million pounds of nutritious food to 80 tri-county Mobile Food Distribution sites serving families and individuals in high-need areas.

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest.

Food Bank of the Rockies

FRESH Initiative in the Aspen-Parachute Corridor
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Food Bank of the Rockies a $81,205 grant to distribute fresh produce in the Aspen-Parachute Corridor region in Colorado.

Details
Food Bank of the Rockies’ objective is to ensure that fresh fruits and vegetables will equal 33% of the total food distributed in the upcoming year. Support from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation will result in the distribution of 36,000 pounds of produce to Colorado’s Aspen-Parachute Corridor region on a monthly basis.

Learn more about Food Bank of the Rockies.

PlatteForum

PlatteForum Food Pantry
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded PlatteForum a $20,000 grant to increase food access for youth and their families through the PlatteForum food pantry.

Details
PlatteForum has significantly increased its efforts to ensure that ArtLab’s interns and their families’ basic needs are met by providing healthy food, technology access, mental health support, and social services guidance. The food pantry will increase food access for current and former ArtLab interns, as well as their families through food boxes, food deliveries and open hours at the pantry.

Learn more about PlatteForum.