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The Friendship Circle

Soul Studio and Soul Café
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded $495,000 over 3 years to The Friendship Circle to support the Soul Studio and Soul Café.

Details

The granted funds will support the expansion and enhancement of the Soul Studio and Café programs. Allowing for more artist enrollments and increase the number of café trainees, respectively.

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Mountain Family Health Centers

The Basalt Integrated Health Center
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) $100,000 to assist with equipping the new health center.

Details

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) will equip a new 9,000 square foot clinic that will provide medical, behavioral and dental health care for the region’s medically underserved. The new health center will have four dental operatories and nine medical exam rooms.

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Midnight Golf Program

Road Trip for Success
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded Midnight Golf Program $120,000 over two years to support the annual Road Trip for Success.

Details

Approximately 220 program participants will be exposed to a variety of colleges and universities, cultural experiences, and play golf during a weeklong, multi-state Road Trip for Success. Grant funds will support transportation costs associated with the tour.

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Midnight Golf Program

College Success Program
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded the Midnight Golf Program $50,000 to support the College Success Program.

Details

The College Success Program (CSP) aims to make improvement in the percentage of Midnight Golf Program (MGP) alumni who graduate from college within 6 years; starting by increasing the number who matriculate into their second year. Through CSP students will be equipped with strategies to access on-campus resources and provided guidance from MGP staff. The funding will be used to cover costs associated with programming and activities for approximately 750 students formally enrolled in CSP.

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Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Food at FREC
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan $96,500 to support the Food at FREC food distribution program.

Details

Through the Ford Resource and Engagement Centers (FREC), Gleaners provides low-income families with nutritious supplemental and emergency food that supports healthy physical and mental development of children. Funds will support the three major components of Food at FREC: The Mercado Food Hub, Mercado Fresh Produce, and Eastside FREC Mobile Pantry.

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Forgotten Harvest

Healthy Food – Healthy Kids Summer Feeding and School Pantry Programs
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded Forgotten Harvest $125,000 to support the Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids Summer Feeding and School Pantry Programs.

Details

These two programs address the critical need to increase access to nutritious fresh food for food-insecure children in high-poverty, underserved metro Detroit neighborhoods during times when they lose access to school breakfast and lunch programs. As a result, nutritious lunches are provided to children during the summer and get fresh, healthy food into the home year-round to ensure that these children and their siblings are well fed in the evenings, on weekends, and during school vacations when they are away from school.

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Figure Skating in Detroit

Educational, Leadership and Fitness Programming for Girls
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded Figure Skating in Detroit $12,500 to support the Educational, Leadership and Fitness Programming for Girls in the Detroit Area.

Details

To address students’ needs and support their growth, this project will provide nearly 300 girls with access to holistic educational, leadership and fitness programming to foster the development of crucial skills in a safe and supportive environment.

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Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent
2019

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation’s (DESC) Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) Program with a two-year, $999,292 grant. The funds will provide youth with a paid, six-week, summer work experience through the Police and Fire Cadet Program.

Details

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent is a city-wide training and employment program for young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. The program seeks to provide over 8,000 summer employment opportunities in partnership with Metro Detroit corporations, non-profit organizations, municipal departments, local businesses and the philanthropic community.

Funding will fully support wages for approximately 825 GDYT youth ages 14 and 15, in the Police and Fire Cadet Programs. In these programs, youth are introduced to first-time job and career opportunities through community service, team projects, and job shadowing.

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Henry Ford Health System

Artblock
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded $200,000 to Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) to create an interactive neighborhood arts space in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood of Detroit.

Details

Henry Ford Health System will revitalize a vacant commercial building and its property at 1411 Holden into a vibrant art destination and education and community meeting space called ArtBlock. It will feature five public art installations including two exterior murals, a curated interior display of stylized graffiti, a textile installation, and interactive, rideable, animal shaped, pedal-powered metal sculptures, all by Detroit-based artists. ArtBlock will offer youth and family programming with a focus on inclusive, accessible and high-quality workshops.

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CherryArts

Mobile Art Gallery
2018

Overview

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has granted the Denver based, CherryArts (CA) $10,000 to support their Mobile Art Galleries and Mobile Art Carts.

Details

CherryArts is a year-round arts organization committed to the mission of providing access to arts experiences and supporting art education in Colorado. CA delivers innovative, cost effective educational programs to increase arts accessibility for youth and their families. Grant funds will support the development of transportation solutions and implement a new series of pop-up ArtCart events in Denver’s low-income neighborhoods.

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