Hometown Hope Grants are awarded monthly to community groups in the Lenawee County area. Community groups, civic organizations, non-profits, even school or church based groups receive a month-long advertising campaign with 103.9 WLEN. Hometown Hope Grants are made possible by a generous partnership with 103.9 WLEN, McDonalds of Adrian and Hudson, and Kapnick Insurance.
New applications for 2019 will be available in October 2018.
2018 Hometown Hope Grant Recipients:
January – Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee (HFHLC)
HFHLC was established in 1989 by a group of people committed to reducing substandard housing through the building of affordable homes in Lenawee County. In 2006 they opened the HFHLC Re-store to help fund their mission and reduce waste in building materials. Habitat will use their grant celebrate and publicize their 18th annual Pasty project fund raiser and recruit new volunteers to build on the project’s success as well as create excitement for their new breakfast pasty.
February – Adrian Rea Literacy Center
The Adrian Rea Literacy Center will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in February. They have assisted 1161 adults who have learned to read and write, speak English and/or prepare for the GED. They will use the grant to promote their services, recruit tutors and celebrate their 10th anniversary open house.
March – Share the Warmth.
Started in 2005 by Sister Pat Schnapp, with the support of several churches, Share the Warmth was born. Originally only open in the three coldest months of the year and only serving snacks, Share the Warmth is now a well established organization supported by 14 churches as well as other businesses and organizations. They operate 6 months of the year, seven days a week. They will use the grant to publicize the organization and to raise funds for their capital campaign to open a permanent shelter.
April – The Daily Bread
The Daily Bread of Lenawee was founded in 2001 and it provides a soup kitchen and food pantry to feed the hungry and homeless in Lenawee County. They serve lunch Tuesday through Saturday and have emergency food available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Since 2010, they have served over 250,000 meals. The plan to use their grant to promote their services and to recruit monetary donations and volunteers, as well as promote their May 2018 golf fund raiser.
May – Housing Help of Lenawee
Housing Help of Lenawee is a grass roots organization that was founded in 1990. Their mission is to advance housing stability and affordable opportunities for low income people, especially those in crisis or at risk. They plan to use their grant to get information out to the community about the struggles of people in housing crisis, and how Housing Help can ease their burden and help them out of homelessness. They will also use the grant to recruit volunteers to help with their many community projects and to promote their annual fund raising event in May or June.
June – Region 2 Area Agency on Aging.
Region 2 has been serving seniors and people with disabilities through the MI Choice Waiver program. They work closely with the Lenawee Basic Needs Task Force. They served over 2,000 residents with a variety of services. They plan to use their grant to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect in our community. They want to engage people with their Safe Haven project that provides safe housing for elder and vulnerable adults who might be in an abusive or neglectful situation.
HALO, formerly Adrian Andy’s Angels began almost 5 years ago. It is an organization founded by parents of a young man who overdosed. It is a support group for parents and families of people abusing heroin and opiate. They plan to use the grant to let people know where and how they can get the help they need and also to generate funds to get those addicted into rehab.
August- Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls club of Lenawee opened in 2001 and is dedicated to ensuring that the community’s disadvantaged youth has greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. They plan to use their grant to promote the great things happening at the club and to encourage more youth to take part and showcasing their back to school programming and services. They will reach out to parents of teens to encourage them to allow their children to spend time at the club during special teen only events. They will also raise awareness of the club being an alternative to kids being home alone.
September – CPC Care Pregnancy Center
The Crisis Pregnancy Center opened in Adrian in 1984 offering free services of pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting education and materials for maternity. They became a 501c3 in 2003. They are entirely dependent on donations for their services. They serve approximately 3,500 people each year. They will use their Hometown Hope grant to promote free breast cancer screenings, and to promote their annual fund raising dinner and auction in October.
October – – Family Counseling and Children’s Services
This organization is dedicated to the mission to help families in crisis from domestic violence situations. They operate the Catherine Cobb Safe House and provide services to women who are victims domestic violence and or sexual assault. They responded to 1120 crisis calls last year. They will use their grant to promote activities and awareness as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, including their annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
November – Adrian District Library
In 2018, the Adrian District Library will celebrate 150 years serving the residents of the City of Adrian. They began as the Ladies Library Association in 1868 and became the Adrian District Library in 2015. They serve over 20,000 people annually. They will use the grant to celebrate their 150th anniversary and promote their importance of Libraries and Literacy.
December – The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army came to Lenawee County in 1896. In 1929, they moved into their present location on Church Street in Adrian. Every year, among other services, the Salvation Army provides over 20,000 meals and grocery orders to people who are food insecure. They also meet the demand for other assistance, such as shelter, clothing and energy assistance. Many people know the Salvation Army for their canteen services in times of emergency, but they are much more. Their concept is to provide a hand up, rather than a hand out, with the ultimate goal self sufficiency. The plan to use their grant to inform the public about all the services they provide and to promote their store, which offers clean affordable clothing and household items free to those in need, or for sale, where the proceeds support local programs throughout the year.