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Empowerment Plan

Empowerment through Employment
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Empowerment Plan a $210,000 grant for wages, as well as supportive services for individuals recovering from homelessness.

Details
The grant from the Foundation will provide wage support for current and new program participants as they progress through Empowerment Plan’s workforce development program. Additionally, it will sustain the supportive services fund that provides financial assistance to address workplace barriers, such as child care, housing, and other basic needs.

Learn more about Empowerment Plan.

Detroit Public Theatre

2023-2024 Education Programming
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Public Theatre $24,000 to engage more than 1,500 Detroit students through arts-connected curricula related to three plays.

Details
Detroit Public Theatre will partner with Detroit Public Schools Community District to enhance and enrich academic subject areas within the existing curriculum through the three plays: “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Detroit ’67,” and “Eight Nights.” For each production, Detroit Public Theatre will train teaching artists, hold pre-show lessons, bring students to a matinee, and facilitate post-show dialogues with students.

Learn more about Detroit Public Theatre.

Detroit Horse Power

PERCS After-School Program
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Detroit Horse Power a $50,000 grant to foster social emotional learning for 45 Detroit youth during its after-school program.

Details
Detroit Horse Power combines weekday sessions in a classroom at Marygrove Conservancy with weekend trips to regional equestrian facilities during its year-round after-school program. The skill-building program partners under-resourced urban youth with horses to foster their social-emotional development. The Foundation will support program staff, transportation, meals and more.

Learn more about Detroit Horse Power.

Atlantic Impact

Our Town Training School – School Year Exposure Program
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Atlantic Impact $37,500 to expose youth to careers in the skilled trades through a year-long program.

Details
Atlantic Impact promotes economic mobility and bolsters talent pipelines by addressing the region’s shortage of skilled trade workers. Students from 12 Detroit high schools are introduced to tools and safety, a variety of skilled trades careers, develop their resumes, and attend a job fair.

Learn more about Atlantic Impact.

Michigan State University – Community Music School Detroit

Empowering Detroit Youth through the Power of Music
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded MSU Community Music School Detroit (CMSD) $70,000 for scholarships for youth, as well as program supplies.

Details
CMSD provides music education that supports mentoring for youth and inspires them to achieve musical excellence. This grant will provide financial aid for sequential music education group classes and scholarships for private lessons, as well as program supplies including equipment for digital music production courses.

Learn more about Michigan State University.

Lighthouse Michigan

Emergency Food Assistance
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Lighthouse Michigan a $150,000 grant for direct program costs for its Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Details
From Lighthouse’s warehouse in Pontiac, with the help of volunteers, it packs perishable and non-perishable food items for distribution to food pantries in Pontiac, Clarkston, Southfield, and other agencies located throughout Southeast Michigan. Funding will support direct program costs associated with home distribution including staff, vehicle expenses, the technology that facilitates home delivery, and supplies.

Learn more about Lighthouse Michigan.

Atlantic Impact

Our Town Training School – Commercial and Residential Pre-Apprenticeship Program
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Atlantic Impact $40,000 to provide 20 Detroit students with construction training and certification.

Details
The Commercial and Residential Pre-Apprenticeship Program works to increase economic mobility for Detroit youth and families. As a part of the program, students complete two nationally recognized certifications and have hands-on work experience in the community and access to career coaching.

Learn more about Atlantic Impact.

Focus Points Family Resource Center

Farmers Market Serving Low-Income Families in Northeast Denver
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Focus Points Family Resource Center a $10,000 grant for “market bucks” which community members can use to access fresh produce.

Details
Focus Points Family Resource Center’s farmers market provides low-income families access to locally grown fresh foods. The market, located at Focus Points in Northeast Denver, works to bypass the transportation and affordability barriers that many families experience when accessing food.

Learn more about Focus Points Family Resource Center.

Crossroads of Michigan

Collaborative Children’s Summer Lunch Program
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded Crossroads of Michigan a $10,000 grant for healthy meals for children and their caregivers.

Details
Children facing food insecurity are most impacted during the summer when school lunches are not available. Using a two-generational approach, Crossroads of Michigan ensures children and their caregivers have consistent, nutritious food as well as engaging youth programming during the summer months.

Learn more about Crossroads of Michigan.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Camp Ozanam
2023

Overview
The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation has awarded The Society of St. Vincent de Paul $50,000 to ensure underserved youth in Southeast Michigan are able to access free overnight summer camp.

Details

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides camp experiences for families in need, children in foster care, those who have a parent who is incarcerated, and those who could not afford a camp experience otherwise. Children at Camp Ozanam have all their needs provided for at no cost.

Learn more about The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.