Detroit Athletic Club Donates Executive Clothing to Focus: HOPE

For the past 6 years, the Detroit Athletic Club has collected professional clothing among its members and donated them to our organization. We have been able to give these pieces of clothing to our students who are soon entering the professional workforce.

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“I have a history of working in the Detroit community, and the DAC is proud to work with Focus: HOPE and this particular initiative that helps create self-esteem and self worth for for the people returning to work,” said Brenda Schneider, DAC Community Outreach Committee Member.

In total, the Detroit Athletic Club donated 776 items of executive clothing for our students.

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In order to prepare our students for the workforce, we enforce a dress code. Students who are unable to meet this dress code are able to find clothes in our student clothes closet, where these items will be going. Thanks to organizations like the DAC, our closet contains sports coats, dresses, pencil skirts, suits and more of all sizes for both male and females.

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Thank you Detroit Athletic Club, from everyone at Focus: HOPE.

As you know, we are a nonprofit organization that relies on generous donors like you to keep our doors open for those we serve. Please consider making a donation today and remember that one donation to Focus: HOPE, changes an entire generation.

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Meet Carol Daniels

As you may know, each month, our Food Program provides more than 13 million meals to 41,000 seniors who live on less than $16,000 per year.

Gifts from generous donors have helped ensure the more than 40 year legacy of this vital resource for low-income seniors in metro Detroit.  Seniors like Carol Daniels.

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Carol Daniels grew up 60 years ago in the shadow of the wall at Eight Mile and Birwood that separated blacks from whites in northwest Detroit.  The image still haunts her.

“I remember as a young black girl being told you can’t go behind that wall.” said Carol Daniels.

After raising her sons as a single mother, she enrolled at Wayne State University in her 50’s to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  Then, at the age of 65 she earned a master’s degree in education.

After the effects of glaucoma took her eyesight in her 70’s, Mrs. Daniels struggled with maintaining her independence. Then her sister told her about the Focus: HOPE Food Program.

“The whole program to me is beneficial – from the healthy foods, to the respectful volunteers, to Mr. Frank, the Program Director, who calls me to let me know when the food will be delivered and by whom.” said Carol Daniels.

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The Focus: HOPE Food Program provided more than 496,000 boxes of foods to seniors throughout the metro Detroit area last year.

“After being taught as a child to be self-sufficient, it hurt to be in a place of needing from others. I never accepted food stamps.  But this resource helps assure I can make ends meet on my fixed income, with dignity.” said Carol Daniels.

Since 1968, Focus: HOPE has dramatically transformed thousands of lives through its three key areas of focus: food, careers and community.  Continue to support Focus: HOPE by donating today.

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