CWF receives award from LISC

The Focus: HOPE Center for Working Families was honored for its work in transforming the lives of Detroit families. The Center received the 2013 Detroit Champion of Working Families award presented by Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD).

The Center for Working Families is a key component of the HOPE Village Initiative, which brings together resources to improve access to high quality education and economic self-sufficiency and a safe, nurturing environment for children and families in the neighborhoods surrounding Focus: HOPE’s..

“Our goal is to give Detroit families the tools to enable them to invest in their own future. The Center for Working Families is based on a national model and offers no cost one on one financial and job coaching,” said Focus: HOPE CEO William F. Jones, Jr. “When we equip families with financial knowledge, as well as education and employment assistance, we are helping to create permanent change and a path to success.”

The Masco Corporation Foundation was presenting sponsor of the Detroit Community Development Awards ceremony. Established in 2001, the event brings together corporations, foundations, lenders, small businesses, developers, and nonprofits to celebrate the hard work and dedication of local residents and organizations who have transformed their communities into healthy, safe neighborhoods and thriving urban centers.

“There are so many dedicated individuals and organizations committed to transforming Detroit’s communities into sustainable neighborhoods that are places people want to live in, work in and invest in,” said Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director of Detroit LISC. “These Community Development awards will celebrate the best and brightest in Detroit’s community development industry.”


In addition to Focus: HOPE, other award winners include:

  • Midtown Detroit Inc. (Community Development Corporation of the Year);
  • Marsha Bruhn of The North Rosedale Park Civic Association and the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (The Exemplary Neighborhood Leadership Award); 
  • Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) Bell Building project (Excellence in Real Estate Development Award); 
  • and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation Community Security Program (Outstanding Safety Initiative Award).

W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Ford Motor Company Fund were honored for their work in transforming Detroit neighborhoods.