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Zaman International

Client Choice Food Pantry Coordinator
2022 – 2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Zaman International a $57,000 grant, over two years, 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.

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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Home-Delivered Meals for Medically Fragile Adults Under 60
2022 – 2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels a $100,000 grant, over two years, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Winning Futures

College Support Fund
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Winning Futures a $108,000 grant to support college students’ basic needs through its College Support Fund program.

Details
The College Support Fund will provide financial assistance to cover students’ costs associated with transportation, technology needs for school, fees for school, housing, utilities, and food. The ultimate goal is to decrease students’ financial burden while in school, so that they will be more likely to complete their credentials and degrees.

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University of Pennsylvania

Role of the “Immunome” in response and failure of allogeneic stem cell transplantation for MDS
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation granted University of Pennsylvania a $500,000 grant over two years for established investigator Dr. Saar Gill.

Details
The goal of Dr. Gill’s research project is to probe the impact of the “MDS Immunome,” interactions between MDS cells and immune cells in the marrow, in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Elucidating mechanisms of genomic rescue in SAMD9/SAMD9L-related MDS predisposition
2021

Overview
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was awarded a $250,000 grant over two years to support early career researcher Dr. Marcin Wlodarski.

Details
Dr. Wlodarski will conduct this research with the support of his mentor Dr. John Crispino to dissect the mechanisms of genetic rescue encountered in SAMD9 and SAMD9L syndromes and utilize this information to develop new therapeutic approaches.

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University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

The role of HIPK2 in the pathogenesis of therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome with del7q
2021

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation granted University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center a $232,643 grant over two years for early career investigator Dr. Koichi Takahashi.

Details
Dr. Takahashi with the support of his mentor, Dr. Andrew Futreal, aim to understand the pathogenesis of therapy-related MDS with deletion 7q by investigating the role of HIPK2 in cellular fitness and differentiation of hematopoietic cells.

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