A Community Center for the Recovery of Flint
In a city that helped build America, hope is often in short supply. Jobs are scarce – violence, illiteracy, and crime are on the rise. Young people are being raised in a an environment of poverty and despair. Foreclosures and anxiety, joblessness and poverty – all contributors to depression and domestic violence – are destroying families. Funding has diminished for medical care and housing assistance to aid aging veterans and individuals on fixed incomes who have expensive prescriptions and growing medical bills. Clearly, help is needed. The Center for Hope is the beginning of a new path for recovery, offering case management and access to counseling and mental health services; substance use disorder treatment and recovery services; housing assistance and referrals for food and furniture; and a place to sit and play cards after a shower and a hot meal. The Center for Hope offers just that – hope for each new day that comes, for a city that won’t give up and the individuals and families who live here.
…You can help
What would you give to make your family safe, bring peace of mind to someone you love, or make a change in a community that is crying out with the weight of its overwhelming need? By helping us bring life to the Center for Hope, you will help bring life to veterans and the homeless, families and young people who are living a life without hope, without a future. All of the services offered at the Center for Hope are available free of charge – from the diapers and soap in the Community Closet to the lunch in the Soup Kitchen and the blanket in the Warming Center – providing help for those in need and hope for a community that is making its way back.
The project involves a planned $5.5 million renovation of the site, centrally located in downtown Flint in the former St. Michael School Building, now the Center for Hope, on Fifth Avenue, west of Saginaw Street. The building has already been assessed for future life and the planned renovations will have a lengthy service life.
Anyone can join us to restore Hope in our community, changing one live at a time.
- The Center for Hope building itself is a distinguished, three-story, former school building of brick construction completed in 1929, along with a later addition to the building, also of brick construction, completed in 1953. During its long history of service, the building has never been updated to reflect compliance with current HVAC or energy-saving standards, or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. This means there is only one (very recently updated) handicap-accessible restroom, no elevator access to the basement, second or third floors, and no air conditioning. Catholic Charities is working to raise $5.5 million to bring this landmark building into the current century. The following list outlines a few of the items that will need to be replaced, updated or installed in order to bring the building up to code.
$10.2 million is needed to complete renovations on the 67,000+ square foot facility:
Elevator Equipment & Installation
Thermal & Moisture Protection
Doors & Windows
We are just $2 million away from our goal!
Nearly everyone in the country is aware of the economic turmoil that the recent recession has brought to Flint and Genesee County. What many may not know is that the situation began here long before it impacted the rest of the country. What many may not know is that the situation began here long before it impacted the rest of the country. The rates of unemployment and homelessness, or near homelessness, have risen alarmingly in the last few years. Here in Flint, two of the area’s key agencies tasked with serving the needs of this target population – Catholic Charities of Genesee County and Genesee Health System – have come together in an unprecedented collaborative effort, to create the Center for Hope.
Catholic Charities of Genesee County
At the beginning of World War II, a local priest, sensing the great need in Flint, founded Catholic Social Services to care for the poor and vulnerable who were in need. Today, after more than 70 years of continuous service, Catholic Charities is more vital, and essential, to the community than ever.
As an advocate for those in need, Catholic Charities offers services and opportunities that empower and strengthen families and individuals, giving them hope for their future. A leader in the field of health and human services, the agency is located in downtown Flint, making it possible for more than 30,000 individuals and families each year to find assistance with family, marital, individual, and group therapy; pregnancy counseling, foster care and adoption services; prevention programming including parenting, anger management, and Kinship Caregivers for grand parents raising their grandchildren, complemented by a community closet and warming center (both located in the Center for Hope).
Catholic Charities is the owner of the Center for Hope building, and its main offices are located next door, in the former St. Michael convent building. It is the intention of Catholic Charities to put every square foot of the building to use in the service of people of all faiths who come seeking guidance and help.
Genesee Health System (GHS)
GHS is dedicated to providing the highest quality, most effective services and supports available to meet the mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder needs of the adults, children, and families in Genesee County. These services are provided in a welcoming, supportive way that is helpful to symptom stabilization, long-term recovery, and achievement of the varied life goals envisioned by those in care. We set a new standard for excellence in the management and delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals and families in Genesee County. We realize our vision through cultivation of an experienced and dedicated work force; innovative, person-centered implementation of best practices; good stewardship of our resources; and a fundamental interest in fostering an improved quality of life for all persons served. GHS promotes an unconditional Culture of Gentleness wherein positive supports and approaches are the norm , regardless of the challenges an individual may present. A Culture of Gentleness presumes a trauma-informed system of care, which significantly improves outcomes for persons served. We promote pathways to recover that recognize resiliency and the strengths of persons served and their natural supports.
- Gifts to the project can be made through our Razoo page or by downloading and mailing the attached pledge form.
For more information, contact:
Phone: 810-232-9950 x228
Center for Hope: 517 E. Fifth Ave. Flint, MI 48503 (map)
Main Office: 901 Chippewa Flint, MI 48503