Landscaping Donated by Lowe's
At Active Faith Community Services we spend 94 cents of every dollar donated, on our community programs. That leaves very little left to maintain our landscaping, building and grounds. Frankly, our property did not reflect the uplifting spirit we strive to give those we serve. Lowe’s came to the rescue! Active Faith was awarded the Lowe’s Heroes Project Grant! New Hudson Lowe’s provided brand new plants, evergreens, flowers, mulch and garden accents! Not only that, Lowe’s employees arrived and did all the labor. They transformed our property to a beautiful place we can all take pride in!
Golf Outing Fundraiser
This year's Golf Outing fundraiser was at The Links of Whitmore on Monday, July 16th. It was a huge success! We brought in more money than last year, as our hole sponsors were nearly doubled! The big news of the day, is Jerry Baecke got a hole in one, and won a 2 year lease on a Jeep Cherokee from Dan Hall’s Pinckney Jeep, Dodge Ram Chevrolet. This was the very first time ever in the 21 years of doing this golf event anyone has ever won a car! We are so blessed and grateful to our volunteers, staff and board members for their support and hard work. Special thanks to coordinators Lynn Kneisel, Jerry Severin and Julie Haggard for a tremendous amount of work towards making the event a huge success. For over 30 years Active Faith has been serving the area, and in doing so we continue to provide long term and temporary assistance to those who have fallen on difficult times in hopes of returning them to the independent pursuit of their life's goals.
Stamp Out Hunger
During the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger®Food Drive, on May 12, 2018, community members placed non perishable food items at their mailbox for pick up by local postal carriers. Active Faith Community Services received 9,489 pounds of donated food as a result of this recent Postal Service Food Drive. The South Lyon and New Hudson communities were extremely generous in donating this food. Many families will benefit from our fully stocked shelves and our ability to offer them assistance in their time of need. We are pleased to be able to continue to serve the South Lyon school district in such a blessed way.
Many thanks go to the Postal Service workers who participated in the food drive and to the area’s residents who donated to this national hunger fighting effort. This event is like a hug from our community to our neighbors in need.
Strike Out Hunger
The March 4th Strike Out Hunger fundraiser was a GREAT success. A whopping $5,084.15 was raised during this event. Thank you to all the family members and their friends that registered and participated in this year’s Strike-Out-Hunger event at the Pinz Bowling center in South Lyon, Michigan. All proceeds from this event went to support Active Faith, our local community food pantry. The cost per lane was $100 (up to 5 people) and included a large pizza, soft drink, bowling shoes, and as many games as you and your teammates could play between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. A prize was given for the “best dressed team”.
A 50/50 drawing and a silent auction with several beautiful gift baskets were donated by many generous business owners and individuals from South Lyon and the surrounding community.
If you missed the event this year, make sure you sign up for Strike Out Hunger in 2019!
Active Faith Community Services 30th Anniversary Celebration
Active Faith celebrated their 30th anniversary on October 21st with and open house for residents and community members. Michigan Senator Mike Kowell was in attendance to deliver a Special Tribute recognizing Active Faith's individual success and its positive influence in and around the South Lyon community.
Members of the SLU Lacrosse team really enjoyed serving the community through Active Faith and preparing for the 30 year celebration! Newly painted walls and a clean up of the distribution area were the projects for the day. Thank you for all of your hard work and helping Active Faith prepare for their BIG 30th anniversary event that was held on October 21st.
School Supplies and Back Pack Donations
Thank you to Lois Gdowski and Pam Kratch for lovingly organizing the Back to School backpack and school supplies donations. These backpacks and supplies were generously donated by the following wonderful supporters:
- Ascension Providence Medical Center of South Lyon
- Oak Pointe Church
- Costco in Brighton
- Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Detroit
- Baptist Women Group
- Mary Ann LaVoie
- Lyne and Ken Nelson
- Janet Kaiser
- Dorothy Meyers
- Luella Brockwell
- In memory of Barbara Kroll by her family (picture on right)
- If you name isn't on this list, let us know and we will add you!
"I'm very grateful for your organization; I've recently fallen on hard times and a friend told me about your assistance as a local resource. I'm feeling more confident and like myself now that I have food in the house and those food insecurities are not taking over my thoughts. I am so very very grateful. I enjoy taking pictures of food and after washing up some of the amazing produce I was able to get from your organization today I took the photo that I have attached."
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You have no idea how much your kindness and generosity has helped our family during our time in need. We live in such a supportive community and are so blessed for having Active Faith to be there for us! We are forever grateful to all of you!" - Active Faith Client
"I am a client of Active Faith and receive food assistance. Not only am I so ever grateful for the amazing help with food, but you also helped connect me to St, Joe's in South Lyon to have assistance paying for my apartment rent in July."
"I am 60 years old and I have never been in such a situation before in my life. It is difficult asking for help but your kindness made it much easier since I do not have family support."
"I am a mature woman, an artist, yet am finishing my interior design degree at Oakland Community College. I will undoubtedly not forget your help in the future." - Active Faith Client