Project Beautiful - Inside & Out Donates $20,000!
$2000 each to 10 Metro Detroit Organizations = 20,000 Smiles
During the 2017 holiday season, Project Beautiful - Inside & Out launched "Twenty Thousand Smiles!" Our 10 board members each selected a Metro Detroit non-profit organization to receive a $2,000 grant -- a total of $20,000 in donations to the community from Project Beautiful - Inside and Out! We chose organizations/projects that align with our mission - to build confidence and inspire hope as individuals and families rebuild their lives, to bring smiles to people when they need it most. Working with these ten organizations, we hope we brightened the holiday season for many!
Here are our award winners!
Thank you to those that submitted nominations!
Art&Soul strives to help foster children in Oakland County find their forever homes. They accomplish this by getting local high profile photographers to capture in print each child. The photos are then showcased in a traveling photo exhibit. Over the last two years, 28 foster children have participated, 10 have found their forever families!
Project Beautiful - Inside & Out's donation provided Christmas gifts for foster children currently not matched, and sponsored their January exhibit at Cell Block 7, in Jackson, Michigan.
The Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) was developed to provide advocacy services to child victims utilizing a highly trained dog to help alleviate the anxiety associated with being involved in the criminal justice system. About 35 dogs are currently in the program assisting child sex abuse victims and domestic abuse victims during the court process.
Project Beautiful - Inside and Out's donation purchased personalized kerchiefs and treat boxes for each of the dogs.
Pontiac Dream Center addresses hunger, poverty, addiction, education and human trafficking in the Pontiac community. Services include: serving 400-500 meals weekly, food pantry, free clothing, Warm Pontiac Coat Drive, medical and dental services, elementary tutoring, literacy programs and computer classes, counseling, mentoring and fun family activities.
Our donation provided 40% of the new furniture needs of Lookout House, transitional housing for young men in Pontiac. The balance of the new furniture was provided by two churches.
Friends of Foster Kids (FOFK), founded in 2007, works with The Department of Human Services to give Metro Detroit foster children a special Christmas. Each year they collect, purchase and wrap over 10,000 presents for over 1300 foster children, fulfilling every item on each child's wish list. The organization also supports foster children throughout the year with back to school supplies; and for college bound foster children - laptops, college textbooks and bus passes or bikes.
Project Beautiful - Inside and Out's donation went toward purchasing gifts for their Christmas program.
Hope Agains Trafficking (HAT) helps adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking in Southeast Michigan. The program is a 24-month residential program that provides rent-free housing and comprehensive services focused on physical, mental and individual transformation.
Our donation helped fund operating costs as they launched their first house in Pontiac, which serves 5 women. HAT estimates 1,200 trafficking victims remain on the streets in Southeast Michigan.
The goal of The Horatio Williams Foundation is to be lifelong vehicles to helping children in Detroit become leaders. They offer a variety of programs under the two categories: leadership and sports. The leadership programs include: ACT and SAT test preparation, chess, tutoring, dance, jazz and life skills for middle school students going to high school. Sports programs include hosting several high school basketball tournaments bringing in coaches and scouts, and a free two-week basketball camp for over 100 youth. He also takes over 500 students to Cedar Point every year.
Project Beautiful - Inside and Out's donation sponsored tickets for Detroit middle school students to their Tipoff Classic Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 9th, where 12 teams squared off. We were excited to help inspire Detroit middle school athletes!
Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. The organization has trained nearly 3,000 Assistance Dogs. PAWS also works to increase awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy. The national headquarters is in Western Michigan.
The Ruth Ellis Center serves annually nearly 500 of the estimated 800-1000 runaway, homeless, and at-risk LGBTQ youth in Metro Detroit. Their services include Ruth's House (housing / foster care for 9 individuals), a Drop-In Center (meals, food pantry, laundry, clothing, showers, counseling), health and mental health services, and family counseling.
Project Beautiful - Inside & Out's donation went toward Ruth Ellis' Food Pantry Program.
Sanctum House is a safe home for survivors of human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives. They provide a 24-month program offering shelter, personal development and education for women 18 years of age or older. Sanctum House will open in January 2018, and eventually house 16 women.
Our donation furnished bedroom suites for the first 4 women to move into Sanctum House.
Interim House, a program of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit, is the only domestic violence shelter located within Detroit city limits. Their 67-bed facility serves women and children survivors, with an average length of 30 to 60 days. Services include: 24-hour crisis help line services; emergency temporary shelter; food and clothing; individual, family, children and group counseling; residential and non-residential support groups; case management; legal advocacy referrals; sexual assault advocacy referrals childcare services; transportation and many other community referrals (legal, financial assistance, medical services and transitional & permanent housing).
Our donation will go toward much needed building maintenance.