Help CARES in Farmington Hills renovate former convent

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.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
CARES of Farmington Hills
CARES in Farmington Hills plans to renovate this former convent. (contributed)

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

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