Interfaith youth group receives grant for C.A.R.E.S. projects

A grant from the Farmington and Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families (FFHFYF) will enable Youth United to enhance the facilities of C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, a nonprofit operating out of the former Servant Church of St. Alexander property.

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Youth leader Jessica Goldberg assists a young participant as she adds her handprint to a mural. (Laura Hedgecock)

Founded by a coalition of 10 Farmington area congregations, Youth United facilitates interfaith service experiences for youth ages 11-18. The Foundation supports programs that improve the quality of life for Farmington and Farmington Hills children, youth and families.

In August, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish youth worked together to transform the food pantry at C.A.R.E.S. into a “grocery store” that allows families to shop for the items they need.

“The Youth United week was one of the most inspirational weeks I have ever been a part of,” C.A.R.E.S. director Todd Lipa said. “We’ve heard nothing but compliments (from clients).”

“FFHFYF funding will benefit both the families served by C.A.R.E.S. and the youth who strive to serve those neighbors with compassion and dignity,” said organizer Karen Linnell, an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.

Teen leader Jessica Goldberg from Adat Shalom Synagogue said the grant will fund arts and craft supplies for the 2019 program year. “Not everyone is a hammer and nails type of person. Some people need to be able to use their creative strength.”

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