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Collaboration for collective impact results in $22,000 grant to child and family charities

Friday, May 12, 2017  
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Child and Family Charities which provides services to over 7,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children, youth and families in the mid-Michigan area announced today that it was awarded a $22,000.00 grant through a partnership between the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation and the R.E. Olds Foundation.

The grant will provide home improvements/upgrades including new carpeting, appliances and furniture as well as Independent Living Skills teaching materials for the Kevin J. Moody Youth Home. The Home provides help to teens through a street outreach program and a temporary shelter for minors (Higher Grounds—the only unaccompanied minor shelter in the area) and a long-term residential program (Crossroads) to homeless and runaway youth.

“We are grateful for the forward thinking of the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation and the R.E. Olds Foundation to come together to make this project possible. The two foundations are strongly invested in the community and in programs that succeed in making a difference in the lives of youth experiencing difficult and challenging circumstances. ” said Julie Thomasma, Ph. D., Executive Director of Child and Family Charities. According to Jennifer McMahon, Gateway and Angel House Program Director, “Through the support received from these two significant local Foundations, we are able to make a vast impact on the community and especially on the lives of the vulnerable youth living in the Greater Lansing area.” In the photo: Front row left to right: Rita Stoskopf, Executive Director of Joe D. Pentecost Foundation, Diana Tarpoff, Executive Director of the R.E. Olds Foundation. Second Row: Jennifer Cousineau, Kevin J. MoodyYouth Home Manager, Jennifer McMahon, Program Director of Gateway Youth Services and Angel House, and Julie Thomasma, Ph. D., Executive Director , Child and Family Charities.

Child and Family Charities is a local nonprofit organization with over 106 years of service to mid-Michigan. Child and Family Charities provides child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, residential, prevention and advocacy programs for children, youth and families. Our programs include the following: Foster Care, Adoption Placement & Post Adoption Support Services, Independent Living, Mental Health Counseling, Teen Substance Abuse Treatment, Adolescent Screening and Assessment Services, Teen Court—a peer-guided diversion program for first-time youth offenders, T.E.A.M. Attendance—keeping kids in school, Angel House—residential program for pregnant and parenting teens and their babies; Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)—providing respite child care, parenting education, supportive and family growth outreach services and Gateway Youth Services—helping homeless and runaway youth for over 40 years! For more information, go to the agency website at or call Demphna Krikorian at 517-882-4000 ext. 126.


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