Join Us In Our Mission To Raise
$1.5 Million For A New Facility

Join Us In Our Mission To Raise $1.5 Million For A New Facility

"Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."

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  • Raised: $995,000 of $1,500,000 Goal

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GOAL: Raise $1,500,000

Help Us Grow To Fight Hunger Where We Live

We have raised approximately $200,000 from the local community.

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MATCHING Campaign

Help Us Transform Lives: Matching Campaign for our New Facility!

Exciting news from our non-profit food pantry! We have a generous donor who will match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. This is your chance to make a tremendous difference in our community.

At Active Faith, we offer vital programs designed to lift our neighbors out of poverty and help them achieve independent, fulfilling lives. Currently, we are on a mission to raise money to renovate our new location, enabling us to serve more individuals and families facing difficult times.

Every donation counts and no amount is too small. With this matching opportunity, your contribution will have twice the impact. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Active Faith
P.O. Box 188
South Lyon, MI 48178

Give local. Change lives.

Thank you for your generosity and support!

GRANT Update

LEO Community Center Grant: $840,000

March 7, 2024

Exciting News for Active Faith Community Services: Major Grant Awarded for New Facility

(South Lyon) - Active Faith Community Services is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the recipient of a significant grant to support the development of our new facility, which will house our food pantry and community services. This grant represents a remarkable opportunity for our organization to enhance our capacity to serve the community and expand our impact.

The generous grant, totaling $840,000 will provide crucial funding for the acquisition of property and necessary renovations to establish our new facility. Subject to change, of the  total grant amount, $777,000 will be allocated towards paying off the mortgage, while $63,000 will be designated for covering renovation costs. (please note these numbers may be updated) This substantial financial support will enable us to create a space that not only meets the needs of our community but also fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who seek assistance. For a complete list of all awardees please visit: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/boards-comms-councils/mcsc/nfr/community-center-grants

Active Faith Community Services is deeply grateful for the support and trust placed in us by the Labor and Economic Opportunity, Michigan Community Center Grant.  With this grant, we are one step closer to realizing our vision of a facility that serves as a beacon of hope and support for individuals and families in need. We are committed to ensuring that every dollar is utilized effectively to maximize the impact of this investment in our community.

This milestone would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, supporters, staff, churches, and the unwavering commitment of our community. Together, we will continue to empower individuals and families, alleviate food insecurity, and provide vital resources and services to those facing challenging circumstances.

Active Faith Community Services invites the community to join us in celebrating this achievement and to stay connected for updates on the progress of our new facility. Together, we can make a difference and build a stronger, more resilient community for all.

For more information about Active Faith Community Services and our programs, please visit www.activefaithcs.org .  To contribute directly to our new building renovations please visit

https://www.activefaithcs.org/help-us-grow-to-fight-hunger/

Media contact: Sharon Sower, Executive Director of Active Faith Community Services

Mailing address: P.O. Box 188, South Lyon, MI 48178

Office: 248-437-9790 M, W, Thur. 10-5

Lloyd and Mabel Foundation: $125,000

Ascencion Hospital Novi Campus: $5,000

Henkel: $5,000

Lyon Rotary Club: $3,000

Costco: $200

About Our Building

Growing & Expanding Active Faith is a Community Wide Project

March 2024 Update

  • July 5th Purchase building located at 553 Lafayette, South Lyon
  • Mid July launched Capital Campaign 1.5 million
  • Interior Demo began October 2023
  • Framing will be started in April 2024
  • Move in date: Late Fall of 2024

We are off to an amazing start! We are beyond grateful for all the support. This is truly a team effort and once the building is remodeled together, we will bring support and hope to our neighbors in need, along with new partnerships.

Future ACTIVE FAITH Building
553 S. Lafayette
South Lyon, MI 48178

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The new location will offer double the space to house our food pantry plus all our support programs. With a modest budget our goal is to design an attractive building.  In-Kind donations for product and licensed labor is welcomed.  Relationships with multiple local businesses, local government, civic groups, and churches are well established and will raise to a higher level of partnership. Local church groups, businesses and civic groups have all offered to help us move. The excitement is building and  we plan on a grand celebration at our open house in 2024.

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Why Move

With the larger building providing double the square footage, we will have permanent rooms for:

  • Food Pantry & delivery to homebound
  • Free clothing closet
  • Winter coat drive
  • Back to school programs
  • Job Readiness and support
  • Case Management
  • Community engagement
  • Meeting rooms
  • Holiday and birthday gifts for children
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Reasons To Give

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  • Currently serving nearly 700 clients each month and it's growing.
  • Serving over 350 children in various ways and this number is growing.
  • The Back-To-School program has become a launching point toward a successful school year
  • The Winter Coat program needs additional space to provide cold weather protection for such large numbers of adults and children.
  • Space needed for employment resources and support
  • Families in need without a vehicle need easy access to support services and we are conveniently located with sidewalks
  • The cost of food and goods has pushed the pantry to purchase in larger quantities, requiring additional storage space.
  • Our new facility offers plenty of parking with designated handicapped parking which we have neither at our current location
  • The opportunity for volunteers has increased requiring additional space for groups to help on site

Client Stories

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On her way out of the food pantry with a cart full of groceries, a client turn toward us and said this:

"I appreciate getting help with food here at the pantry, but what moves me even more, is that people care enough to give it."

A little girl's birthday story

A dad and his daughter stopped in for food assistance. They were living out of their car. The little girl sat down in the lobby and looked so sad.  The dad told us it was her birthday today, and she is feeling sad because he wasn't able to give her a cake or a gift. Active Faith staff flew into action. Within a few minutes a birthday crown was gently placed on her head. She was handed a birthday bag with a card, gift and a bakery treat. Together everyone in the room sang happy birthday. Her eyes welled up in tears  and she beamed the biggest smile that lit up  the room.

A Hand Up

When 'Heather' was a little girl, she remembers her mom would bring her to the little grocery store in town for food supplies. Mom was always happy on grocery shopping day. She would always let Heather pick out something special from the fresh fruit section or the bakery area. Mom's spirits lifted even higher when they got home mom chatted happily while together they put all the food away. Heather grew up, went to college and married. Life was good. She and her husband opened their own business in town. One day, it dawned on Heather that the little grocery store was actually a food pantry and that she and her mom had faced financial hardship.  Heather was overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that her town cared enough to give and help those in need.   Today, Heather and her husband give back to the community by raising money and collecting food donations for the little grocery store that helped lift her out of poverty, because together we do make a difference.

Leadership Giving Levels

Your generous Leadership  donation will help us expand our food pantry & services.

Your donation will be an inspiration to others to open their hearts and follow your lead.

Your gift will be recognized on our Leadership Giving Wall at the new site.

*Donations can be in the form of cash, or other investments including stocks and bonds.

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Friendship

$1,000 - $4,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KNEISEL FAMILY

EIZENBERG FAMILY

JOHN AND CHRIS HOARD

Scappaticci Family

WALNUT CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

Cook Automotive Repair - Driving Superior Service

Charlotte and Dick Schotte

Vanguard Charitable Crossroads Grant

Anonymous Donor 

Jeffery Trapp

Steven & Francine Showerman

Lyon Area Rotary Club

Jerry Sweet

 

Motivators

$5,000 - $9,999

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PUMPKINFEST LIVE

The Verhelle Family 

KAREN N. 

KUMMER FAMILY CHARITABLE FUND

 

 

 

 

STEWARDS

$10,000 - $24,999

Vibe Credit Union

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MR. & MRS. ANONYMOUS DONOR ūüôā

Karen Allen

 CHRIS & JOHN O.

ANONYMOUS 

 

 

 

PARTNERS

$25,000 - $49,999

The Jones Family

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RICHARD AND HILDA G.

 

 

 

 

CHAMPIONS

$50,000 - $99,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIONARIES

$100,000 +

LLYOD AND MABEL FOUNDATION

 

 

 

 

 

Help Us Grow to Fight
Hunger Where We Live

Help Us Grow to Fight Hunger Where We Live

  • Raised: $995,000 of $1,500,000 Goal

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401 South Washington Street,  P.O. Box 188, South Lyon, Michigan  48178