Community Foundation supports child center

Courtesy photo Prosecuting Attorney Phil Strom, left, and Bethany Law, executive director of the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center, along with Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Josh Lator accept a check from the Community Foundation for Delta County Board Members Charles Becker (past board chair) and David Williams (current board chair).

ESCANABA — The Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center is the recipient of a federal grant of just under a half million dollars, but cannot collect the grant for six months to a year. In order to get the new center started as soon as possible, the Community Foundation was requested by Prosecutor Phil Strom to consider a $100,000 one year loan. Members of the community foundation board agreed and provided the loan interest free and without any collateral being provided.

“When we needed some help to get this new Child Advocacy Center started, which will be the 1st in the Upper Peninsula, I requested support from the Community Foundation for Delta County and they came through immediately,” said Strom. “There were a number of other organizations who also played a large part in the new entity such as Hannahville Indian Community, the Delta County Police Agencies, and a number of others”.

Community Foundation for Delta County Board Chair David Williams told the large number of people present for the announcement of this program, “As soon as he and the foundation board members heard about the creation of a Child Advocacy Center, they all embraced the idea. The assets of the foundation are over $17.2 million; through the first 11 months of 2017 had granted over $900,000 to benefit the people of Delta County and since the foundation’s first grant in 1992 had now granted over $13.5 million. Children are the most precious and innocent members of our community, and when they are mistreated, hungry or otherwise abused, it pulls at our heart strings, and our board gives very high priority to issues or projects/programs that benefit youth.”