Our Mission: We will listen to the community, care for the distressed, the poor, the hungry and the suffering, and share resources in a loving and respectful manner to meet immediate and emerging needs.
The Father Fred Foundation has been the grateful recipient of numerous grants and donations from our community partners to help us achieve our mission of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. These collaborations from our partners have made a big difference in the number of families that we have been able to help out of difficult circumstances.
With sincere gratitude we would like to thank the following organizations for their grant support in the 2017/18 calendar years.
- The Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa & Ottawa Indians provided a grant of $30,850 to support The Food Pantry, Utilities and Shelter
- Rotary Charities granted The Foundation $31,500 for expansion of the Eviction Diversion Program.
- The Eviction Diversion program is a collaboration of the 86th District Court, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, The Father Fred Foundation, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Legal Services of Northern Michigan and other community partners. The circumstances may vary but the fact remains, it is expensive to live in Traverse City. The program is a “win-win-win” for tenants, landlords, and the court system. Tenants avoid eviction and risk of homelessness, landlords are paid the rent they are owed, and the court reduces the number of evictions it carries out.
- The United Way of Northwest Michigan provided an Impact grant of $5,000 for the Blessings in a Backpack program that provides weekend food for children grades K-6. These are students that have been identified by their schools as having little or no access to food when they are away from the school setting.
- The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation provided several grants to The Foundation for two vital programs.
- Eviction Diversion $2,000.00 from the Campbell Endowment
- Blessings in a Backpack
- $2,000.00 from the Youth Endowment for Grand Traverse County
- $750.00 from the Youth Endowment for Kalkaska County
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield provided a $3,500 grant for the 2017 Summer Boost Program that provides additional food for families that are facing challenges since their children do not receive meals at school during the summer.
- Chemical Bank provided a $3,000 grant to help those in need with housing expenses.
- Huntington Bank provided $2,500 for the Blessings in a Backpack program.
- The Old Mission Women’s Club also provided a $1,000 grant for the 2017 Summer Boost Program.