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.
2020 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 to celebrate and publicize their 20th annual Pasty project fund raiser and recruit new volunteers to build on the project’s success. They will also create excitement for a project headed by culinary students to create a new pasty to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the pasty project.
February – Community Action Agency
The Community Action Agency serves Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale counties with the mission of providing a local approach to address the causes and conditions of poverty by promoting self sufficiency through programming advocacy and leadership. In 2019 the agency served 7,110 individuals and 2,973 families in Lenawee County. They will use the grant to promote the services and programs available to Lenawee citizens and how those in need can use the hand up to self-sufficiency.
March – Share the Warmth
Share the Warmth was established in 2005 as an emergency shelter during the coldest months of the year. Over the years, they have evolved into a year-round emergency shelter in their own building, established in 2018. They have over 350 volunteers. In the last year, they served over 275 individuals representing 13,000 bed nights and meals. They will use their grant to promote their annual fundraising dinner and auction happening in April of 2020. They would also like to promote and increase their volunteer base for the coming year.
April – Lenawee County Child Advocacy Center
The Lenawee County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) is a program of Catholic Charities of Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale Counties. In 2019 they conducted over 200 forensic interviews. This doubles the number of interviews in 2018. The forensic interview is a structured conversation in a controlled environment with a child intended to elicit information about possible events that the child may have experienced or witnessed. Additionally, the child and their family are provided with crisis counseling, on-going therapy and resource support. They will use their grant to bring education and awareness to the difficult conversation of child sexual abuse as well as severe physical abuse. They hope to provide prevention through education. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
May – Mustard Seed Ministries
In November of 2018 a small group of individuals decided to anonymously donate Thanksgiving dinner to 15 families. This continued through the holidays. In January of 2019, they applied for non profit status. Five individuals make up this organization. They serve 207 families and 75 individuals with food. All funds collected, 100% are used for food. Any and all other expenses are paid for by 3 individuals in the organization. Because they are so new, they would like to use their grant to inform the community about their organization and their commitment to families in need in Lenawee County.
June – HOPE Community Center
In 1975, the local crisis walk-in center noted that many of the people coming in were adults living with cognitive and developmental disabilities. These clients were not in crisis but needed a place. So, in 1976 the HOPE Recreation Drop-In Center was born. It was entirely staffed with volunteers. Fast forward because the need outpaced the space and in 1988 ground was broken for the HOPE Community Center. $1,000,000 was raised for this effort, largely supported by Civitan of Lenawee. With 120 active members, and 50-80 in daily attendance, the HOPE Community Center offers 1,150 program opportunities. The staff of 7 and board of 19, is supported by over 200 volunteers. They will use their grant to increase awareness of year-round services to families, professionals and potential members. They will publicize fund raising efforts and promote volunteer opportunities.
July- Neighbors of Hope
Neighbors of Hope has been serving the homeless and addicted male population in Lenawee since 2006. In 2019 they began serving homeless single women and women with children with their women’s ministries. They also work to alleviate hunger and increase dignity of all their neighbors through the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, Blessings and More Resale Store and the Third Day Farm. Their staff of 18 runs all their ministries and they have served over 1,000 struggling men, between 500 and 700 individuals each month with food and the Women and Children’s Center houses 5 families. They will use their HTH grant to spread the word of their new initiative, the Good Neighbor Center. This center will house the men in their transitional housing and addiction program, and it will also serve as an outpatient addiction center for individuals seeking recovery.
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 want to raise awareness of the club to parents and educators and promote their programs on leadership development and healthy lifestyles. The grant will also allow them to promote their Blue Jean Ball fundraising event in September.
September – 192 Ministries
192 Ministries began in June of 2012 by a husband and wife who saw a need to provide food relief. Their food relief program provides weekend meals to students in the Lenawee County school system who are at risk for food shortages at home on weekends and holidays. These backpack meals provide breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday to these students each week. This year they have provided 600 students with weekly meals throughout Lenawee County. They plan to use the grant to grow awareness for food insecurity in our county and gain exposure to the work they do to try to eliminate hunger for the people they serve.
October – Hospice of Lenawee
On July 20, 2012, Hospice of Lenawee opened the first ever hospice inpatient facility in Lenawee County. They serve approximately 150 patients daily. They have a staff of over 110 individuals and 130 active volunteers. Hospice of Lenawee plays a vital role in providing a pain free, dignified and peaceful death for the patients. And yet each and every day they also fight the myth of Hospice, perpetuating the misunderstanding that Hospice is only for the last few days. They would like to use their grant to dispel the myths of hospice care and talk frankly about the clinical aspects that can often be overwhelming for care givers.
November – Lenawee County Continuum of Care
The Lenawee County Continuum of Care was created to provide community wide commitment to ending homelessness. The CoC develops long term strategic plans and year-round efforts to identify and address the needs of at risk or homeless individuals and families. Their efforts encompass 20 plus agencies dedicated to ending homelessness. They will use their grant to promote Homeless Awareness Month and all of the local activities planned through the month to promote homeless awareness in Lenawee.
December-The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army of Lenawee has been serving the needs of Lenawee since 1929. They provide over 21,000 meals and grocery orders every year. They also meet the demand for other assistance including shelter, clothing and children camps. They employ 21 individuals, and are staffed with 2150 volunteers who help with serving community dinners, youth programs, food initiatives, bell ringing, ministry to prisoners and working in the store. In 2019 they served 16,884 individuals and families. They plan to use the grant for community education of their programs and services, as well as volunteer opportunities.