CARES in Farmington Hills has launched a fundraiser through A Community Thrives, a grant and crowdfunding program, to renovate a former convent on the campus at 27835 Shiawassee.
Hosted by USA Today and the Gannett Foundation, A Community Thrives offers nonprofits a platform to raise funds and qualify for additional grants.
CARES operates a food pantry and Busch’s CARES Market on the former Servant Church of St. Alexander property. Director Todd Lipa said donations will help create a home for service providers including:
- a Navigation Center staffed by three social workers
- the WIC (Women Infants & Children) nutrition program
- veterans services
- Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs
The building needs wider entrances and doorways, a wheelchair ramp, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant restrooms, and an ADA lift for the stairs, as well as carpeting and a fresh coat of paint.
“It’s more than putting up some shelves and painting,” Lipa said. “We have to knock out a couple of walls and expand doorways.”
He estimates the project cost at $75,000-$100,000.
“We have partners ready to help us,” Lipa said. “All we need is the funds.”
CARES must raise a minimum of $3,000 by 12 p.m. on August 13 to qualify for the larger grants. For more information or to donate, visit acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/organization/Cares-Of-FarmingtonHills.
Learn more about CARES at caresfh.org.