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December 15, 2013

Contact: Carol D. Rugg, 810.238.5651, crugg@mott.org


Meeting basic needs in Genesee County is focus of $785,000 in Mott Foundation grants


Flint, Mich. — Area residents struggling to meet such basic needs as food, shelter and clothing will receive some relief, thanks to a set of grants announced today by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to seven area organizations that provide social services assistance. The grants, totaling $785,000, will be made to:

“As Genesee County, like other communities across the country, works to create a new economic blueprint, many residents continue to struggle with painful choices about their most basic needs,” said William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. “These grants may not necessarily create a systemic solution to such challenges in the Flint area, but they can help lift some of the immediate hardships that many people face and provide them with some much-needed stability.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 21 percent of Genesee County’s population and 31 percent of area children under the age of 18 live at or below the federal poverty level. The Michigan Department of Education reports that nearly 84 percent of students attending Flint schools qualify for free or reduced lunches.

The Foundation’s commitment to its home community is reflected in the more than $786 million that it has invested in the greater Flint area since 1928 — $32 million in 2012 alone. In addition to emergency and supportive services, that funding has included grants for educational and cultural programs; economic and downtown development; job training; and public safety.

The new grants are going to agencies that have received Mott support in the past, and several will help to sustain year-round services, such as the medical transportation program.

Vicky Schultz, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, notes that the agency continues to receive a high number of requests for its various programs, including from people who have not previously needed safety-net services.

“We know that many area residents continue to struggle in their daily lives and that they need the help and hope that our programs offer. With this grant, the C.S. Mott Foundation is ensuring that, through good times and bad, we’re able to bring the human touch to those trying to survive.”

Likewise, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan continues to see a heightened need for food assistance in Genesee County and beyond. The organization works daily with a network of 400 partner agencies in 22 counties in eastern Michigan to help provide nutritious food to individuals and families struggling with hunger.

“The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is committed to providing healthy, nutritious items to help provide a balanced diet for those in need,” said President William E. Kerr. “With community partners like the C.S. Mott Foundation, we are able to deliver food and relief to area families.”

For additional information, contact:

Dallas Gatlin

Carriage Town Ministries

810.233.8787, Ext. 16

 

Mary Stevenson

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee

and Genesee Counties

810.232.9950, Ext. 228

 

Sarah Hierman

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

810.239.4441

 

Christopher Hamilton

Old Newsboys of Flint, Inc.

810.744.1840

Lindsey Younger

Resource Genesee

810.232.6253

 

Major Jon L. Augenstein

Salvation Army of Genesee County

810.232.2199

 

Harmony Langford

YWCA of Greater Flint

810.238.7621, Ext. 313

 

The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.

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