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who we are

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Locally Founded. Locally Funded. Locally Focused.

We strive to help everyone who comes to Father Fred seeking assistance so that no need in our community is unfulfilled. We honor the legacy of Father Fred by treating all people with dignity and respect while nurturing hope and working with humility.

Since 1989, The Father Fred Foundation has been helping individuals and families with their essential immediate needs; nourishing food on the table, keeping heat and lights on, needed work shoes,  and children's boots and clothing when the necessities of home are unaffordable. Above all, we work to nurture hope when all else seems hopeless. What we have is given free of charge to those in need. We serve our five local counties ( Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau) and we welcome all individuals. Every week a dedicated team of volunteers and a small staff are the hands and hearts of Father Fred.

Staff Roster

Candice Hamel, Executive Director

Stephanie Kimball, Administrative Assistant

Kristin Lindell, Outreach & Program Manager

Annette McPherson, Client Financial Administrator

Bob Messick, Director of Finance

Jen Ray, Volunteer Manager

Kristen Staggs, Interim Director of Operations

Board of Directors – December 2021

Betsy Aderholdt – President

Retired Faith-Based Health System CEO

Rebecca Bercini - Vice President and Secretary

Principal, Rebecca Bercini Design

Charlie Sole - Treasurer

Controller, Hallmark Construction

Max Anderson
Commercial Lender, Honor Bank

Deb Jackson
Executive Director, Old Town Playhouse

Kurt Swartz

Managing Partner at Michigan Planners

Maureen Madion 

Consultant, TRT Consulting

Linda Root

Retired Mission Integration Executive

Paula Prusick


Val Winans

Retired State Government, Author

Tricia Richmond

Former Teacher

Mark Parsons

Retired School Superintendent

Kadra Kierczynski



What we have to offer is a direct result of the generosity of our community.

Every Donation Makes a Difference Video

Donor Privacy Policy

2020 990 Form

Alan and Sharon Buell Story

Our guest services hours for pantry, financial assistance, and clothing and household goods are : Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm and Wednesday 10am-7pm
Our building is open for in person services.  Drive up pantry services and personal shopper services are still available.  Please call  231.947.2055 once you have arrived at The Foundation for these services.   

The Father Fred Foundation
826 Hastings
Traverse City, MI 49686
Ph: (231) 947-2055
Fax: (231) 947-1818