Judson Center Honors Marie Van Marter, Michael and Debbie Savoie


ROYAL OAK — For 90 years, Judson Center has been a resource for healing and a leader of human services that delivers brighter futures to children and families in need. Judson Center is restoring lives and changing fates challenged by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities and mental health.

The first annual Community of Caring Brunch held on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of Judson Center with approximately 80 donors and volunteers in attendance, recognized Marie Van Marter of Farmington Hills, who has been part of Judson Center’s history with 30 years of service to the organization.  Her commitment has changed the lives of thousands of children who have faced incomprehensible challenges. While working as a Detroit Public School teacher, she opened up her school as a safe haven for boys and girls during the Detroit riots in 1968. Her commitment continues today, and to commemorate her service, she was presented with the first tree that was planted near the future Legacy Garden, with a plaque signifying her dedication.

Michael and Debbie Savoie, residents of Bloomfield and owners of Mike Savoie Chevrolet Dealership at the Troy Motor Mall, were also recognized with the volunteer of the year award. Michael was previously Board Chair of Judson Center, and is currently on the Board of Trustees. “The Savoie’s embody ambassadorship for Judson Center and have provided unwavering support and leadership for over a decade,” said Cameron Hosner, President and CEO of Judson Center.