The nonprofit organization Big Family of Michigan, which serves the state’s foster children and young adults in a variety of ways, has moved to a new location at 41747 Irwin in Harrison Township.
A public open house will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, March 13, to familiarize the public with Michigan Big Family’s many programs. It’s free, but a donation of children’s pajamas, socks, coloring books and crayons, or word puzzle books is requested.
The organization was established in 2000 to help a few dozen children, but since then its reach has extended to more than 10,000 Michigan children each year.
“It is wonderful to continue to evolve and grow,” said Jeanne Fowler, founder of Big Family of Michigan. “Our new location will allow us to maintain our programs and easily serve the children throughout the state. We are always thankful for the support we get from members of the surrounding communities and our partnering businesses and organizations.”
Big Family of Michigan volunteers work closely with state and local agencies, schools, churches and community members to reach children in foster care or in at-risk situations. These children are given school supplies, birthday and holiday gifts, apartment and dorm necessities, chances to go to sporting and community events, as well as advice and friendship.”
The organization relies on the generosity of others and hosts fundraisers and supply and toy drives to acquire the items needed for the children. The donations are kept in the 3,800-square-foot warehouse where they are assembled and distributed as needed. There is easy access for pick-up and deliveries.This new location will be home to many volunteers, donating over 16,000 hours each year, to make sure donations are accepted, stored and distributed.