The Grand Rapids Foundation, 209-C Waters Building, 161 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2703; (616) 454-1751

The Grand Rapids Foundation
Responding to Family Needs

Since its very first grant made to family Service Association in 1930, The Grand Rapids Foundation has advocated for the welfare of families and children, which is important to many donors, such as Dr. L'Tanya Haith.

In the 1930s because of the Depression, The Grand Rapids Foundation made community welfare progams and relief to families its top priorities. By the end of the decade, nearly half of the city's furniture companies had closed their doors, retail sales had declined sharply, and workers were dependent on odd jobs tomeet the basic needs of their families.

The Family Service Association, now known as the Life Enrichment Center, had been helping families for nearly forty years when unemployment lines swelled overnight. The Foundation gave them a $1,500 grant -- one of the first and largest grants awarded in 1930. Family Service Association later reported that most of the money went for food to help feed families during desperate times. Since that first grant, The Foundation has continued to help the organization respond to critical family needs throughout generations of social crisis. Dr. Haith is a newcomer to the area, moving to Grand Rapids from Detroit four years ago. "This is a very family-oriented community," said Haith, who practiced pediatrics in Detroit before completing her residency at Wayne State for psychaiatry. "I had heard that The Foundation does a lot of work with children and that they have a good reputation in the community so supporting them was an obvious choice for me."

75 YEARS (1922-1997)

Help us prepare for the next 75 years of caring for community needs in the greater Grand Rapids area. Call 454-1751 for more information on ways you can support The Grand Rapids Foundation.

Funding for this postcard series was provided by Michigan National Bank and Old Kent Bank.

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