PONTIAC, MI, JANUARY 29, 2019 – Dream Centers of Michigan, the Pontiac-based non-profit serving under-resourced people in Michigan, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC.
The grant will be used to advance and expand Dream Centers’ housing program, according to Dream Centers Director, Ellie Schupra. “This generous gift will be used to help expand our residential program this year,” she said. Housing is one of the greatest needs in the Pontiac Community surrounding Dream Centers and is essential for people on the journey toward self-sustainability.
“The FCA Foundation continually strives to invest in charitable organizations and initiatives that empower people and build strong resilient communities,” said Christine Estereicher, FCA Foundation CEO and Director, State Affairs, Civic Engagement & External Affairs, FCA US LLC. “This grant recognizes the importance of Dream Centers’ efforts to improve the lives of others in our community, as well as the key connection between our community partners and FCA US employees who volunteer their time and talents to drive meaningful change.”
Over the past three years, FCA US employees — through the company’s Motor Citizens volunteer program — have been extremely active in supporting Dream Centers, logging thousands of volunteer hours at the Pontiac campus. In 2018 alone, more than 700 employees supported Dream Centers’ Operation Summer Serve project, which revitalized multiple neighborhood blocks over the course of four days, and the Boxes of Love program, which provided 6,000 individuals and families with nutritious meals over Thanksgiving.
Dream Centers of Michigan is a faith-based volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit dedicated to serving those who are homeless or low-income people in urban communities. The Dream Centers of Michigan currently serves one location in Pontiac with the mission of urban transformation by providing compassion with accountability, meeting basic needs and providing life-skills training and housing.
The FCA Foundation is the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foundation invests in U.S. charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth development, education, support for military, veterans and their families, and community service.