Message from the President and Chairman of the Board
Being one of the largest and most dedicated community-based human and social services organization in southeast Michigan, the ACC is uniquely qualified to fulfill our mission to maximize the skills, resources and expertise of clients and support the overall wellbeing of the community through much needed programs to more than 80,000 residents in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County. These include educational, employment and training, behavioral health, youth recreation, self-enrichment, cultural activities, refugee and health services.
This past year marked unprecedented growth for the ACC, thanks to all of you and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers that make our community services possible. Highlights of 2013 include:
Our commitment to education and children resonated with you this past year. Our annual golf outing was our most successful to date, providing 25 scholarships to area high school students to help them offset the cost of college tuition.
As we prepare for an expected influx of refugees from Syria and Egypt, alongside the
steady stream of new residents arriving from other Middle East countries, the ACC will continue to provide required health screenings for arriving refugees, along with food and housing assistance, English as a Second Language courses and job assistance.
These individuals and families who are new to our region have been among those who have benefited from our partnership with Forgotten Harvest to provide the most basic of human needs – food – to members of our community. Our twice-monthly food distribution services more than 3,000 families who otherwise may not know where their next meal is coming from.
Every three years ACC’s Behavioral Health program goes through a rigorous and in-depth survey evaluation for accreditation. This year we successfully completed our 8th evaluation, ACC has been accredited by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) since 1992.
The ACC, standing alongside residents, business owners and city leaders, are proud of our unwavering commitment to not only Detroit, but all of southeast Michigan, as the “building” of Detroit continues with ACC’s Seven Mile Project.
Finally, we have been planning an extension of our scope of services in the coming year. We are excited to announce that we will be providing assistance to our Veterans returning home, helping them to acclimate themselves back into a civilian life. A mentoring program with the Redford District Court is currently being implemented, insuring that the needs of our at-risk veterans are met.
Also, it is important to note the ACC’s 40 outreach centers in the tri-county area allow us to service not only the Arab-American and Chaldean population, but all who need assistance. We are an equal opportunity program provider, servicing all those in need for 34 years.
These accomplishments are testaments to our mission and vision for metropolitan Detroit. We know there is much more to do, and we owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, our supporters and believers, who allow us the means to continue making the community a better place to live and work in.
On behalf of all of us at ACC, thank you.