Funding from Farmington and Farmington Hills Foundation will Help Interfaith Youth Serve the Community
A grant from the Farmington and Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families will enable Youth United to enhance the facilities of C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, the 501(c)(3) operating out of the 10.5 acres formerly occupied by St. Alexander’s Church.
Founded by a coalition of 10 congregations in Farmington and Farmington Hills, Youth United facilitates interfaith service experiences which allow multicultural youth ages 11-18 to explore the common values of their faiths while serving the community.
The Farmington and Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families (FFHFYF) supports programs and provide funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in need within the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Last August, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish youth got to know each other as they worked to enhance the facility and services at C.A.R.E.S. Among other improvements, interfaith youth’s sweat equity resulted in the transformation of the food pantry into a grocery store. C.A.R.E.S. director Todd Lipa commented, “The Youth United week was one of the most inspirational weeks I have ever been a part of …We’ve heard nothing but compliments [from clients].”
“FFHFYF funding will benefit both the families served by C.A.R.E.S. and the youth who strive to serve those neighbors with compassion and dignity,” says organizer Karen Linnell, an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.
Teen leader Jessica Goldberg from Adat Shalom Synagogue explains the importance of the FFHFYF grant, which will fund arts and craft supplies for the 2019 program year. “Not everyone is a hammer and nails type of person. Some people need to be able to use their creative strength.”
Source: Youth United