Message from the President and Chairman of the Board
2014 was a monumental year for the ACC. Not only did we celebrate our 35th anniversary but also witnessed a period of unprecedented growth, thanks in large part to our corporate partners, individual donors and amazing volunteers who continue to give of themselves.
Since 1979, it has been our mission to maximize the skills, resources and expertise of our clients in southeast Michigan and support the overall wellbeing of the community. We serve more than 70,000 individuals on a yearly basis, a number that steadily increases as more refugees and immigrants continue to come to America in search of a better life.
ACC’s commitment to our Seven Mile Project intensified this past year with the creation of a Community Development Company (CDC) and the NorthTown project. This designation will allow us to pursue and secure funds to aid in the creation of more homes, offer business incentives and improve the overall quality of life in the area. It is our goal to make NorthTown a destination location, with safe, affordable housing, strong local businesses, health and behavioral services, activities and mentoring for our youth.
Nearby, ACC completed the purchase of a building adjacent to our offices on West Seven Mile Road. This facility will allow us to expand our Pantry of Plenty program from a twice-monthly food distribution initiative to one that provides food for those in need on a daily basis. In addition it will provide space for ACC’s expanding Veterans Program.
ACC continues to offer unparalleled community support through our 40 outreach centers in the tri-county area. This past year, we were proud to open our latest facility in Sterling Heights. Here we focus on Behavioral Health Services and house our Trauma Recovery Center of Southeast Michigan (TRC) initiative. In partnership with Wayne State University, ACC is working to treat those who have lived through the physical and emotional horrors of torture.
Our commitment to students was exemplified at this past year’s “Swinging for Scholarships” golf outing. Through the generosity of our donors and supporters, we raised a record amount in 2014, allowing us to provide 30 scholarships to area high school seniors to be used toward their college education.
At the annual Gala in October, we honored and recognized the many volunteers who help make all our community initiatives a reality. Without their selfless and generous donation of time and compassion, ACC could not provide the services that assist so many in southeast Michigan.
From starting off in a one-room office in 1979 to operating 40 outreach centers and serving thousands of individuals 35 years later, we are proud to reflect on this incredible journey. ACC has grown and remains uniquely qualified to support the overall wellbeing of the community through much needed programs to area residents.
We thank you for your continued support and dedication to ACC.