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Spirit of Giving Gala – Benefiting the Pathways to Hope Program
December 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$200
A black-tie affair, Franklin Wright’s Annual Spirit of Giving Gala is an elegant, fun-filled evening of awards, live music, great food and cocktails. Families, friends, our team and supporters come together to recognize business and community leaders who give tirelessly to make sure that everyone has access to basic needs and opportunity. Together we celebrate a year of outstanding service to the community. Support our efforts by purchasing a table, tickets, or becoming a sponsor of this worthy and memorable event.
Why Pathways to Hope?
With the rapid spread of COVID-19 over the past few years, children of all ages have experienced mental health disorders throughout the United States. Michigan children, along with children in Metro Detroit, are no different. This surge has put the demand for Franklin Wright Settlements’ services higher than ever before. The pandemic has left thousands of Michigan children without a parent or grandparent to care for them, making children newly bereft of a caregiver. Additionally, 38,000 Michigan children are currently experiencing homelessness or are in the foster care system. It is estimated that roughly 45% of children experience depression and/or anxiety symptoms during the pandemic, which is over 957,000 children in Michigan alone.
Unfortunately, many Michigan children are not receiving the services to succeed. Recently, Michigan was ranked 32nd in overall childhood well-being and 40th in education. The US Surgeon General recognizes this crisis and is encouraging caregivers and youth to invest in healthy relationships, build a sense of purpose in life, learn and practice techniques to manage stress or difficult emotions, take care of their body and mind, and also be a source of support for others.
Franklin Wright’s Pathways to Hope program addresses this serious need by providing services to youth such as mentorship, building a social network, finding a sense of purpose, exploring career opportunities, teaching confidence, social-emotional learning, access to clinical therapists, teaching how to live a healthy lifestyle, and building relationships with our staff and other children/young adults. This quintessential program relies on benevolent organizations like you to make this program successful with proper funding.