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Vote for Best Grosse Pointe-Based Charity

Vote for the best Grosse Pointe-based charity so we can determine the Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.

Where is the best Grosse Pointe-based charity?

and now it's time to vote. Urge friends, family members and others to also vote.

Votes will be allowed from July 23 to Aug. 17 and the business, organization or location earning the most votes will receive the 2012 Readers' Choice Award.

Thanks in advance for your participation.

PS: Sign up for the Grosse Pointe Patch Newsletter to find out when voting starts so you can support your favorite institution in the Readers' Choice contest.

GP For Life July 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Grosse Pointe Housing Foundation has the best model to better the Pointes. Please support their noble efforts.
Justin Kawa July 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I have personally heard about many college kids who have improved their quality of life by working with the GP Housing Foundation, which helped provide a safe and comfortable neighborhood for the students to live and encouraged high academic standards. Who doesn't want young, motivated, educated citizens joining the community?
Michelle Paruszkiewicz Skuba July 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Service for Older Citizens is a remarkable organization. I know this first hand. I have been volunteering for them for the past seven years. SOC provides services to seniors and their families. We have a great Social Worker, we loan medical equipment , tax preparation, Flu Clinic, escort drivers, meals on wheels, ( meals on wheels for pets ), minor home repair, lawn and snow removal, weekly trips ( The theatre, out to lunch, tours, Tiger games etc.) Parties, computer and exercise classes, and MUCH MORE. We are Blessed with 600 volunteers and we need more. Everyone has a parent, Aunt or Uncle or a friend that needs a little help. Let us help you help them. Last year alone we serviced 9,000 seniors out of 11,000 in the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods area. We need volunteers of all ages. If you wish to help me help SOC call Heidi 1-313-882-9600
Brittney M. July 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I am one of the students that has received a housing grant from the Grosse Pointe Housing Foundation. The grant has really made a difference in my life. It has given me the opportunity to have a safe and affordable place for my daughter and I to stay while I finish school... I love the neighborhood and it's conveniently located to both of our schools. With me being a full time student and being a single parent, I wouldnt be able to afford to stay in a place as nice as this without the assistance from the grant. Thanks GPHF!
GP For Life July 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Michelle: While I too love what the SOC does for our seniors and how they do it, we must look to the future. Right now the only of the organizations listed above that is looking to the future of our community and helping to ensure that it remains as bright as ever is the GPHF. We must shirk off the dead weight holding our community back and go forth and actively recruit a transfusion of young blood into our community.
Chey C. July 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I also have been awarded as a GPHF grant recipient. While I am sure other nominated organizations are of great quality and benefit many residents, I would like to echo the above sentiments and relay how much positive impact GPHF has had on my being able to live in GPP. From neighborhood safety for me and my wife to being close to St. John's Medical Center (where I am a medical student), being a grant recipient has allowed me to focus on my work and schooling in order to become a better physician (in turn to help give back to the community). Thank you, GPHF!
Heath Schollenberger July 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Grosse pointe housing foundation!
HealthyGP July 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.~Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), My Several Worlds [1954]
GP For Life July 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Take your communist propaganda back to St. Petersburg, or should I say Leningrad, pinko?
Marta Rajchel July 27, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I'd just like to thank GPHF for all the good it does. What a great idea this foundation was, and much credit to the minds behind it!
Mark July 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
"I believe the children are our future"- Michael Masser and Linda Creed 1977. Although more commonly known from Whitney Houston in 1984 in her hit single titled The Greatest Love of All. Then further popularized by Randy Watson from the What's Going Down episode of That's My Mama during the Miss Black Awareness Pageant in The hit film Coming to America. And the words are as true today as they were when Randy Watson sang them. If you haven't seen the film I highly suggest watching it. Powerful scene,
Paula Leto July 30, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Thank you GPHF! As a landlord with several outstanding properties you have helped us to rent our apartments to some wonderful students that could not ordinarily afford them. Keep on promoting G.P.P.!
Chrissy A. Lueke August 01, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I agree with Michelle! I have been a intern at SOC for a while. I love my job and do it with passion and dedication to our seniors. We DO work hard for the future of our community! Everybody is aging and will be in need of senior services at some point. We work very efficiently to help the seniors in all Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods to age with dignity and maintain their independence. Within the next year we will be moving in our new facility which offers even more space and options for more programs for the elderly of our community. Therefore, I would think our organization is VERY future orientated. We also encourage kids and students to join our events and to volunteer, which is a great inter-generational exchange of experiences and perspectives which enriches everybody's lives. Additionally, we hire international student interns every year that serve great services in our organization and are able to teach us about different cultures and traditions which our seniors and volunteers appreciate very much.
Michelle August 03, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Kids on the Go has changed my outlook on "does anyone care"? When I needed hope for a better tomorrow Kristy and her staff were available to help my son. Every one else wanted $130 an hour. Thanks to Kids on the Go! I could not have done it without them.
Harry Burkey August 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
SOC is looking to the future with the new home they will be providing when renovation of the old Nurse's Home is complete. In that facility they will be able to provide more and better services.
Burt O August 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
"Kids on the Go" - http://kidsonthegocamp.com/
Susan M August 06, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Kids On The Go!!! Thankyou for all you do!!
Margaret Flanagan Hamilton August 06, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Kids on the Go!!! You are great!!
Will Conway August 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
The oldest charity in the pointes is overlooked - The Grosse Pointe Lions Club! All the money stays within the community/metro area. Kids on the Go is a Lions supported charity but how can you leave out the Grosse Pointe Lions? Kids on the Go it is!
Will Conway August 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
There really is no better charity than another if you think about it.... anything to help our community is great. I will point out that the housing foundation as great as it is is not truly a "charity" they help students which is great but it is subsidised housing which I am all for with their vision. However when looking at charity Kids on The Go, Lions Club, SOC, etc are true 501 (c) 3's. But best of luck to all if it means helping our community!
Mark August 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
GPHF is also a 501 (c) 3. Please do not spread misinformation if you do not know the facts.
Will Conway August 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I stand corrected but it's not a charity it's a subsidy privately funded and the not for profit aspect pays back the investment made. Great organization but not sure it would classify as a charity that's all. I am all for it it's an awesome idea and wry well executed.
Karen August 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Kids on the go!
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