Winning Presentation for January 23, 2018
The Roman James Foundation
Presented by: Maria Udicki
https://www.romanjames.org

The Roman James Foundation was created to serve families who have lost a child in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in Metro Detroit.  Regardless of the length of the time your child spent in the NICU, RJF will assist families with the direct costs for burial or cremation.  No parent should ever have to plan for the cost of laying their child to rest, and The Roman James Foundation wants to take that burden from grieving NICU families.
The aim of The Roman James Foundation is to help as many families as possible.  As such, applicants will be served in the order in which requests are received, and assistance will not be based on financial capability.  Loss is equally painful for financially stable or financially struggling families, and thus we look to share the burden of burial with each family regardless of financial standing.

Amount to be donated: $28,800

Winning Presentation for November 14, 2017
Gifts for All God’s Children
Presented by: Patti Jacques
https://www.giftsforallgodschildren.org

Gifts For All God’s Children Mission is to meet needs and share the love of Christ with at-risk children in Southeast Michigan. We accomplish this by connecting children with churches and community organizations, giving gifts, and planning events. GFAGC brings year round programs and events to help our partners engage within their community. Each program and event is designed to connect kids and their families with Christ.
Gifts For All God’s Children provides: Individualized Tutoring/Mentoring, Summer Bible Camps, Overnight Camp Scholarships, Field Trips, Transportation to Sports Camps, Connecting Kids to Christ (CKC) Center, Prayer Partners for the Children, School Aid or School Supply Collection, School Uniforms, and Shoes 2 Success.
Since 1988, more than 61,000 at-risk children have received gifts provided by our volunteers and donors. Each gift is coordinated with parties and events. Children and families have an opportunity to connect with the community organization and learn more about the love of Christ.
Amount donated: $27,800

Winning Presentation for August 15, 2017
Soar Detroit
Presented by: Emily Stadt
www.soardetroit.com

Soar Detroit was founded in 1999 by Doug Kempton, at that time operating under the name of Eagle Sports Club. With a strong passion to reach Detroit families with the gospel, Eagle Sports Club launched it’s first soccer league at Balduck Park with just over 60 kids and a heart to build life-changing relationships with urban youth.

What started as 65 playing soccer in the Spring became 145 in the Fall, with participation growing from there. Soon after there were nearly 2,000 kids playing sports in a given year, with leagues now including baseball, flag football, and indoor and outdoor soccer. Throughout these years of growth, Soar Detroit was able to bring huge improvements to Balduck Park, including the UAW Ford Championship baseball field, state of the art lights, scoreboard, irrigation, and batting/pitching cages. 

In 2005, the team introduced Soar, a literacy program for kids on Detroit’s east side, with just 15 students.  Since then the program has served about 150 kids per year, with each child’s reading improving by an average of 2 grade levels in each year of tutoring.

In 2016, based on the proven results of the existing programs, Doug and the board agreed it was time to grow the programs and impact of the organization.  At the same time, churches around the Detroit area began meeting intentionally to consider how to best work together for the good of their city in light of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprisings in 2017.  The timing was perfect.  Soar Detroit hired a new leader, Matt Mancinelli, who is passionate about serving Detroit and is equipped to take the organization to the next level. 
Amount donated: $26,500

Winning Presentation for April 11, 2017
Teacher’s Pet
Presented by: Nicole Pawlowski-Herr
http://teacherspetmi.org/

Teacher‘s Pet is an intervention program that pairs troubled youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs for a multi-week workshop in positive, reward-based dog training and behavior modification in an effort to make the dogs more adoptable. Teacher‘s Pet meets twice a week, two hours a day at many schools and juvenile facilities across Macomb and Oakland counties.

Mission Statement
The mission of Teacher‘s Pet is to empower at-risk youth to improve in the areas of empathy, patience, impulse control, perseverance and hope. Participants are paired with hard-to-adopt rescue dogs for positive, reward-based dog training to increase the dogs’ chances of becoming adopted and remaining in their homes permanently.

Amount donated: $26,400

 

Winning Presentation for January 17, 2017
Catholic Community Response Team (CCRT)
Presented by: Barbara Williams
www.pontiacareavicariate.org

The Catholic Community Response Team was founded in 2004 by the Pontiac Area Vicariate to provide direct referral and support services to those with crisis needs. They also work to build a permanent bridge between two populations who live in close proximity, but whose life experiences are worlds apart: those in crisis with urgent, unmet needs (primarily in the Pontiac area), and volunteers wanting to live out their faith through the works of charity and justice

In CCRT’s 10-year history, the organization has served over 5,000 people.  100% of all donations and grants (excluding an Operating Grant from the Archdiocese of Detroit) have gone directly to client services. These services include food, clothing, shelter assistance and utility support.
Amount donated: $25,900

Winning Presentation for November 9, 2016
New Day Foundation for Families
Presented by: Gina Kell Spehn
http://www.foundationforfamilies.org
MISSION STATEMENT: To have a positive impact on treatment outcomes and survivorship by reducing the catastrophic effects of financial toxicity caused by a cancer diagnosis. We accomplish our mission by offering financial assistance and emotional support programs to cancer patients and their families.
Amount donated: $25,200
*Total amount raised reflects 100% participation.  252 members as of 12/10/2016

Winning Presentation for August 16, 2016
Turning Point – Prevention Education Program
Presented by: Leslie Sheidler
Turning Point

Turning Point is dedicated to the development of model programs that address the root causes of domestic and sexual violence. The Prevention Education Program targets youth, the most “at risk” group for sexual assault and dating violence with information and resources.

Our philosophy is to work toward ending the use of violence as a means of oppressing and controlling others, and endorses the concept of helping people assume power over their lives.

Turning Point serves the community by educating about the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and as a voice advocating for the people we serve. Turning Point is dedicated to the development and promotion of model programs that address the root causes of violence, and to the enhancement of the quality of life for present and future generations.

Amount donated: $24,600
*Total amount raised reflects 100% participation.  246 members as of 10/24/2016

 

Winning Presentation for May 11, 2016
Blessings in a Backpack
Presented by: Camille Doerr
Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings In a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children and families.

Each week, volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend (six meals) to “at-risk” students.  These students are participants in the government subsidized free or reduced fee hot lunch program.

The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.

The founder of Blessings in a Backpack went from “Poverty to Harvard.”  She wrote a book called “Breaking Night” by Liz Murray.  Her story is extraordinary.

Amount donated: $23,200
*Total amount raised reflects 100% participation.  232 members as of 5/22/2016

Winning Presentation for January 20, 2016
Dutton Farm
Presented by: Debra Anderson
Dutton Farm 

Our purpose is to bring support to individuals with a physical, mental or emotional impairment by assisting them in a loving and secure environment through activities that are designed to meet the wide range of abilities of the people that we serve. We strive to develop a sense of accomplishment in our students, bring support to their families and inspire our community. Who Do We Serve?  We serve individuals with a mental, physical or emotional impairment ages 10 and up through our Day Program. We also provide support, comfort and practical help to their families and case workers.
Dutton Farm’s mission incorporates three primary goals:
  1. To provide a QUALITY Vocational and Daily Living Skills program to individuals with a variety of special needs to be productive and active members of the community.
  2. To promote a safe environment that fosters spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth.
  3. To inspire our community to embrace all individuals with disabilities without stigmas or skepticism.
Amount donated: $20,900
*Total amount raised reflects 100% participation.  209 members as of 1/20/2016

Winning Presentation for November 10, 2015
Power Company Kids Club

Presented by: Amy Whipple
Power Company Kids Club

Each week, hundreds of children are transported (free of charge) to a safe and warm environment at the Power Company’s Children’s Center in Pontiac, where they enjoy an hour and a half of action-packed fun and games, and a time of focused, directional teaching covering topics such as staying in school, saying no to drugs, and eliminating racism. Every child is visited weekly in their home by his or her Team Leader, allowing for deep and meaningful relationships to be established. The Power Company goes even further, and also provides after-school leadership training, college scholarships, emergency clothing and food provision, and thousands of Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.  Since 1993, The Power Company Kids Club has been committed to equipping the children of our inner-cities to become leaders of the next generation.

Amount donated: $20,100 (201 members)

Winning Presentation for August 11, 2015
God’s Helping Hands  
Presented by: Robin Tashjian
God’s Helping Hands

God’s Helping Hands is a community outreach coordinated by the churches of Christ. The organization is a 501c3 dedicated to providing free food and clothing to those in need. Since it began in 1998, we have been able to help meet the needs of families in Oakland, Macomb, and Lapeer counties, along with other counties in Southeast Michigan with clothing and food. With God’s guidance and the help of agencies we have been able to help thousands of families. Our prayer is that when everyone works together we can make a difference.  Anyone can receive help from us – church members, non-church members, and community people alike.

Amount donated $19,200 (192 members)

Winning Presentation for May 13, 2015
Rochester Area Neighborhood House – Shelter Program
Presented by: Kay Smith
Rochester Area Neighborhood House 

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Inc., is a nonprofit human service organization founded by communities of faith in 1968, assists our neighbors during times of hardship. We partner with the community and other social service providers to help those neighbors toward self-sufficiency.

Sudden job loss, divorce, death of a spouse. Life circumstances can change everything for anyone.  Neighborhood House recognizes the basic need of residents in crisis and responds with emotional and financial assistance. Founded by communities of faith, Neighborhood House believes people helping people is the model of a strong community.

The funds steered at this meeting will be earmarked to support the shelter program.  The Neighborhood House will work with its community clients to avoid evictions and loss of shelter during difficult times.
Amount donated $17,900  (179 members)

Winning Presentation for February 11, 2015
FaithWorks

  Presented by: Margaret Robertson
Faith Works

FaithWorks is a Christian group of men, women and young adults (high school & college) from the Greater Metro Detroit area who serve God by volunteering to assist people in need. We gather together, in the name of Jesus, to support one another while we support those less fortunate in the communities in which we live.  FaithWorks, based out of Rochester, reviews requests for help from widows, military wives, single moms, and senior citizens. Volunteers help with painting, roof repair and replacement, drywalling, carpentry, electrical and plumbing issues, yard work, deck staining and powerwashing, along with many other services to those who are in need for financial or health limitations.  Amount donated: $17,100 (171 members)

 

Winning Presentation for November 12, 2014
SandCastles

  Presented by: Cathy Donohoe
Sand Castles

SandCastles Grief Support Program is proud to be a part of Henry Ford Hospice.  SandCastles has multiple sites in Southeast Michigan.   SandCastle’s mission is to help children and their families who are grieving the death of someone loved. SandCastles offers year round grief support groups at no charge to families. Right now, more than 450 children and adults are participating in our SandCastles program. SandCastles provides a caring place for children, teens and their families who have experienced a death, to share their loss and journey through grief in a safe and supportive environment. SandCastles offers grief support groups, an annual weekend camp and community education and awareness.  All funds donated by the 100 Women Who Care were steered to programs supporting the Rochester site. Amount donated: $16,400 (164 members)

 

Winning Presentation for August 6, 2014
Hands of Hope
 Presented by: Amy Whipple
http://www.handsofhopeoutreach.org

Hands of Hope is a non-profit organization working to help provide both tangible and non-tangible needs to children in the metro Detroit area.  We assist existing children’s organizations (ie., Lifebuilders, Power Company Kids, House of Providence, Big Family of MI, and more) by helping to provide needed materials, funding, food, and hands on assistance.  We can’t change the circumstances that thousands of children are born and raised in…poverty, abuse, neglect, sickness and abandonment.  However, we can make a difference with a smile, hug, holiday treats, warm meals, tutoring and filling needs so more children don’t end up in foster care. We partner with other non-profits and work to fill their gaps by offering volunteers, supplies, food, and by providing funding assistance for various programs.  Our goal is to simply provide a smile on the face of a child in need…one at a time.  100% of the funding goes directly toward our mission.  Amount donated: $16,500 (165 members)

Winning Presentation for May 14, 2014
The Baldwin Center
 Presented by: Jennifer Lucarelli
http://baldwincenter.org

The Baldwin Center’s mission is to feed, clothe, educate and empower the men, women and children of the Pontiac community. We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.  The Center has been serving our neighbors since 1981 and currently offers more than 25 support programs that meet basic needs, offer assistance in a crisis, provide education and enrichment opportunities for adults and children, and serve as a safety net.  We envision people of all ages and cultures sharing the belief that they can create and shape how they live and grow within the community. Amount donated: $15,800 (158 members)

Winning Presentation for February 2, 2014
Catholic Community Response Team (CCRT)
Presented by: Judy Dignam
www.pontiacareavicariate.org

The Catholic Community Response Team was founded in 2004 by the Pontiac Area Vicariate to provide direct referral and support services to those with crisis needs. They also work to build a permanent bridge between two populations who live in close proximity, but whose life experiences are worlds apart: those in crisis with urgent, unmet needs (primarily in the Pontiac area), and volunteers wanting to live out their faith through the works of charity and justice

In CCRT’s 10-year history, the organization has served over 5,000 people.  100% of all donations and grants (excluding an Operating Grant from the Archdiocese of Detroit) have gone directly to client services. These services include food, clothing, shelter assistance and utility support.
Amount donated: $15,200 (152 members)

Winning Presentation for October 9, 2013
The Assistance League of Southeast Michigan – Operation School Bell
Presented by: Cindy Guerrieri

Operation School Bell, a program within the Assistance League of SE Michigan, provides new school clothing and supplies for elementary students. Members and community volunteers set-up “a store” in designated schools on scheduled days helping children choose a winter coat, hat, gloves, pants, tops, (uniforms for specified public schools), underwear, socks, hygiene kit, book, duffel bag, and a shoe voucher. Members also help middle school students shop for clothing local stores.  Students are selected by the school districts.

Since 1995, 19,850 students in local public schools have benefited from the Operation School Bell program with improved self-esteem and school attendance. In 2012-13 Fiscal Year, 2,276 students were recipients.
Amount donated: $13,600  (136 members)

Winning Presentation for June 5, 2013
The New Day Foundation for Families
Presented by: Gina Kell Spehn
http://www.foundationforfamilies.com/

The New Day Foundation for Families is a community and family focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to sustain families (with children under 18 in the home) who have been affected by the devastating realities of cancer. The purpose of this foundation is to provide hope and assistance by reducing the often forgotten financial, emotional, and practical burdens that plague parents and children in the midst of a medical crisis.

New Day works directly with Beaumont Hospital social workers to serve the families with the greatest need in our community. Two critical programs, Families First and the Single Parent program, help families cover household expenses (mortgage, auto, insurances, utilities, etc), childcare costs, cleaning services, counseling and household repairs. The Care Pack program also provides grocery and fuel cards, along with school supplies, clothing and other basic necessities. The need for these services is vital as 62% of all bankruptcies in the US are the result of medical bills, most of which are cancer related (Steven Brill, Time Magazine, March 2013).
Amount donated: $10,400 (104 members)