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The Lawrence A Wisne Foundation was established in 2021, and we are just getting started! Scroll to learn more about our first awards.

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CAREHouse of Oakland County $10,000 CASA Program CARE House of Oakland County provides programming for children so that they may receive the much needed consistency, guidance, and support in and out of court proceedings, until the child leaves the system. More specifically, CASA employs volunteer advocates who assume the role of a lay GAL (guardian ad litem). CASA/GAL volunteers are trained advocates assigned to report to the court on behalf of a child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect. Volunteers come from all walks of life, ages, and diversities, with close to half working at full time jobs. Every CASA volunteer receives training and support from local program staff who have professional backgrounds in the legal and child welfare fields. CARE House staff also provide psychoeducation (an evidence-based intervention that teaches communication and coping skills, and provides education and resources in an empathetic and supportive environment) on trauma to all involved stakeholders in this process to afford children the opportunity to put their best foot forward toward a successful life.

Province of St. Joseph Capuchin Order  $15,000
Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Capuchin Soup Kitchen runs supportive services and serves nutritious meals to nearly 2,000 men, women and children each day at our Meldrum and Connor meal sites. Meldrum also houses the shower program, where our guests can have a shower and get new clothing. CSK strives to provide food for our guests, stimulate minds, nourish spirits and create community in a safe and welcoming setting. 

Detroit Lions Charities  $10,000
Boys and Girls Club Football and Cheer Programming

This grant supports programming at Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to increase access to football and cheerleading programming in Detroit, provide resources for youth to be active, and create safe and accessible spaces for youth activities. Debuting in the spring of 2022, BGCSM will launch a girls flag football league in partnership with the Detroit Lions Foundation. The first of its kind within the club, the goal of this programming is to provide a new opportunity for girls to become involved in sports. 

Focus: Hope  $5,000
Early Childhood Education and Food Justice Program

Focus: HOPE was awarded $5,000 to underwrite its Early Childhood Education Center programming and its Food Justice Program holiday programs, including presents for children and food for seniors. Through these programs, Focus: HOPE provides highly standardized  education, childcare, and family support to nearly 250 children each year, and connects 41,000  homebound, low-income seniors living in five counties to shelf-stable and fresh, nutritious food. Funding from the Foundation will be split between these two programs and will be allocated to direct services to children and seniors. 

Forgotten Harvest  $15,000
Mobile Food Bank

Forgotten Harvest’s Mobile Food Distribution Program addresses the critical need to increase access to nutritious fresh food for children, families, and seniors in high-poverty, underserved metro Detroit

neighborhoods while also addressing the issue of food waste. The health and economic effects of the pandemic have increased food insecurity for many

tri-county residents, and the need for emergency food distributions remains high. According to Feeding America estimates on the impact of the pandemic on our tri-county service area, food insecurity has

increased +23% pre-COVID vs. current rates, which means an additional 77,170 metro Detroit residents are now food insecure, for a total of 612,000 people. Of these, 180,000 are children.

This grant will be used toward critical costs associated with rescuing fresh surplus food from our food donor sites, repackaging and distributing this food to 80 Mobile Distribution partners serving people facing hunger throughout Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

University of Detroit Jesuit School and Academy  $50,000
Circle of Care Scholarship Program

This is the first of a five year grant to form an endowed scholarship for a student at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

Impact Church  $15,000
Children's Hope 4 the Holidays

A program providing gifts and holiday food for 300 underserved children in Metro Detroit. 

St. Michaels Archangel  $5,000
Angel Program

To support individuals, families and children experiencing hardship through direct assistance for basic needs, holiday gifts, and tuition. 

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