At its annual meeting November 2, The Jewish Fund elected four new board members: Jim Bellinson of Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Jeffrey Forman of Bloomfield Hills, Elyse Foltyn of Birmingham, and Susan Schechter of Bloomfield Hills.
The board also re-elected Michael Maddin as chair, Penny Blumenstein as vice chair and Dorothy Benyas as secretary/treasurer.
The annual Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence was presented to Berkley-based Summer in the City in recognition of its program that provides Detroit-neighborhood based community enrichment experiences for over 1,400 teen volunteers during the summer months. The award includes a $25,000 prize.
“The Jewish Fund is pleased to continue its support of both innovative new programs and the expansion of ongoing services that benefit vulnerable populations in our metropolitan Detroit community. We are proud to partner with this diverse array of organizations,” said Michael Maddin, Chair of The Jewish Fund.
At its board meeting earlier that day, The Jewish Fund approved the following grants totaling $1,277,190.
- Adult Well-Being Services (Detroit): $60,000 for the third of three-year, $240,000 grant to provide preventive activities to pre-diabetic African American adults.
- Children with Hair Loss (Rockwood): $9,600 for the first of a two-year, $19,200 challenge grant to provide free human hair replacement wigs for children with medically-related hair loss.
- Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (Detroit): $50,000 for one year to support health and wellness activities presented by the Conservancy in and around the Detroit Riverwalk.
- Fair Food Network (Ann Arbor): $12,500 for the first of a two-year, $25,000 matching grant to demonstrate the effectiveness of incentives in encouraging healthier food choices for SNAP recipients.
- Forgotten Harvest (Oak Park): $20,000 for the third of a three year, $115,000 grant to support a mobile food pantry.
- Friendship Circle (West Bloomfield): $40,000 for the third of a three year, $150,000 grant to create residential and coaching programs for Jewish adults recovering from substance abuse.
- Henry Ford Health System (Detroit): $50,000 for the first of a three year, $150,000 grant to support a school based vision care program in Detroit Public Schools.
- Jewish Family Service (West Bloomfield): $33,000 for the third of a three year, $156,000 grant to provide a case manager at Hebrew Free Loan to assist clients most effectively.
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Bloomfield Hills): $75,000 for the first of a two year, $150,000 grant to support the hiring of a grant writer to help its social service constituent agencies in securing public and private funding support.
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Bloomfield Hills): Up to $1,066,424 for a 16 month continuation grant to support services provided by Jewish Senior Life, Kadima and Jewish Family Service to benefit vulnerable older adults.
- Jewish Funds for Justice (New York): $75,000 for the first of a two year, $153,000 grant to train 25 young Jewish adults in leadership and management skills, developing a network of social change agents whose work will benefit social services in Detroit.
- Jewish Senior Life (West Bloomfield): $150,000 for the tenth of a ten year, $1.5 million grant to provide rental subsidies for low-income older adults living in the apartments.
- Jewish Senior Life (West Bloomfield/Oak Park): $121,666 for the third of a five year, $521,000 grant to facilitate the merger of the two primary residential facilities for older adults.
- Kadima (Southfield): $65,000 for the second of a three year, $195,000 challenge grant to provide services to children and adolescents who are diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.
- Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit (Detroit): $50,000 for the first of a two year, $75,000 grant to support the expanded need for services for medical eye care to low income uninsured and under insured adults.
- Orchards Children’s Services (Southfield): $5,000 for the second of a two year, $15,000 challenge grant to provide dental services not covered through conventional public assistance to underserved youth.
- Samaritan Center (Detroit): $25,000 for the first of a two year, $50,000 grant to provide start-up support for the new ten chair dental clinic.
- The MINDS Program (Southfield): $75,000 for one year to educate fifth grade students about mental health and help-seeking behavior.