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Capital Region Community Foundation awards $130K in 2015 impact grants

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Capital Region Community Foundation
awards $130K in 2015 impact grants

LANSING, MICH. – The Capital Region Community Foundation has chosen Hosanna House of Michigan and Bath Charter Township as its impact grant recipients for 2015.

Through a comprehensive transitional living program, Hosanna House helps youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Currently, one shared-living residence accommodates four young adults ages 18-24 and up to three small children. Hosanna House will use its $75,000 grant to renovate three homes purchased from the Ingham County Land Bank. Young adults who have spent two years in the shared residence will have the opportunity to move into their own two-bedroom home and receive two additional years of supportive services. Then, they can purchase their home for $25,000; Hosanna House will use that money to buy and rehabilitate another house.

“The program immediately becomes self-sustaining,” said Karen Bacon, president and co-founder of Hosanna House. “With this grant, we can buy the first home almost immediately.”

That home will go to 20-year-old Diamond, mom to a 3- and 1-year old. She’s been in foster care since she was 14. “The house makes it easier to live independently because you have lots of support,” she said.

“Our goal is to get them a safe, affordable place to live and teach them how to be successful on their own,” Bacon said. “Keeping the monthly payment affordable is such an important part of this. The money from the Capital Region Community Foundation will affect family after family. Can you imagine how exciting it’s going to be for them to move into their own house?”

Bath Charter Township will use its $55,000 award to implement phase two of a major kitchen renovation of its senior center. Three days a week, the center serves nutritionally sound, home-cooked meals that consist of locally grown, fresh ingredients to seniors from Bath and the surrounding communities – all for just $3 per person. Demand for the meals has grown steadily since 2012, and the center’s current, tiny kitchen can’t keep up. Imagine trying to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 60 people in your home three days a week.

Phase one of the project was recently completed, including the installation of a three-compartment sink and a hot food serving counter. CRCF’s grant will help fund phase two, including converting the kitchen to a commercial kitchen, adding a commercial stove and hood, and upgrading the bathrooms to be ADA compliant.

“The new kitchen means we won’t have to cook in phases,” said Karen Hildebrant, who handles administrative services for Bath Charter Township. “We won’t be taking pans of au gratin potatoes over to the police department to use their oven so they’ll be ready in time for lunch.”

Hildebrant said the CRCF grant will enable them to better serve a growing population. “We’ve had to turn people away because we ran out of prepared food,” she said. “With this renovation, our dream is to feed everyone who comes through our doors. This grant is the difference between seniors going hungry and having a place to gather for socialization and healthy meals.”

“Two vulnerable groups in our community – foster-care youth and seniors – are going to see tremendous benefits as the result of these two impact grants,” said Dennis Fliehman, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to award two grants this year, and we’re eager to see the results of these two wonderful projects.”


About the Capital Region Community Foundation:

The Capital Region Community Foundation currently has more than $83 million in assets and was created by the community as a vehicle to support the charitable needs and philanthropic interests of people living in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Community Foundation receives gifts to establish endowment funds, and income generated by the more than 400 funds is returned to the community each year in the form of grants. CRCF awarded more than $3.3 million in grants in 2014. Learn more about the Community Foundation at

About Hosanna House

Hosanna House of Michigan was established to help youth ages 18 to 24 who are transitioning out of foster care through the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) in Ingham County. Its mission is to assist and inspire them to become healthy, productive and successful young adults. Learn more about them at

About the Bath Charter Township Senior Center:

Bath Charter Township’s Senior Center provides the citizens of Bath and surrounding areas a place to gather and start new friendships. Its mission is to provide access to programs and facilities which promote the physical, social and emotional well-being of senior citizens. Learn more about them at

Past Community Foundation Impact Grant recipients:

·         2009: The Listening Ear ($75,000)

·         2010: Impression 5 Science Center ($75,000) and Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) Lansing ($75,000)

·         2011: Allen Neighborhood Center ($75,000); REACH Studio Art Center ($75,000); and Greater Lansing Food Bank ($39,280 – amount requested by GLFB)

·         2012: Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region ($75,000)

·         2013: Eaton Conservation District’s Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds (MGROW) project ($75,000)

·         2014: Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan’s “Heal the House” project ($75,000)


Interview contacts:

  • Karen Bacon, president and co-founder of Hosanna House: (517) 290-4442;
  • Karen Hildebrant, administrative services, Bath Charter Township: (517) 643-0224;
  • Robin Miner-Swartz, vice president of marketing and communication, Capital Region Community Foundation: (517) 256-6454;
  • Pauline Pasch, senior program officer, Capital Region Community Foundation: (517) 664-9853 (office); (517) 669-3664 (cell);

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