INKSTER, Mich., December 13, 2010 – Inkster-based Starfish Family Services (Starfish), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating brighter futures for the children of at-risk families in metropolitan Detroit, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Metro Health Foundation. Starfish Chief Executive Officer Ann Kalass made the announcement.
The grant was awarded to Starfish for the purchase of new vision and hearing testing equipment to screen underprivileged children, ages 0-5, attending Starfish Head Start programs in western Wayne County.
“The physical well-being of our children is a key ingredient of school readiness. So, we are extremely grateful for the wonderful and generous support of the Metro Health Foundation,” said Kalass. “As more children and families reach out to us for help, the need for added resources from organizations like Metro Health Foundation become a vital part of our continued success.”
Metro Health Foundation, a 22 year-old foundation, makes grants available to community initiatives and organizations specializing in the needs of vulnerable urban families and children. The foundation prioritizes collaborative programs, which make comprehensive, primary health care accessible to at-risk urban groups.
Founded in 1963, Starfish Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating family success. Based in Inkster, Mich., Starfish serves vulnerable children and families throughout metropolitan Detroit, providing early childhood and parenting programs, after school programs, children’s mental health services, and emergency shelter to teens and youth in crisis. Each year, Starfish helps more than 9,000 individuals, children and families.