U.S. Senator Stabenow is a champion for families in Michigan and a powerful voice for civil rights and economic opportunity. Senator Stabenow believes that everyone should have access to a job that pays enough to support a family, which is why she has led efforts to create jobs and has fought to expand job training and funding for our schools. Senator Stabenow has led successful efforts to expand health centers throughout the region and was instrumental in bringing Henry Ford Hospital and the Children's Health Fund together to establish Mobile Health Clinics. From bringing millions of dollars to Detroit to remove blighted homes and making our neighborhoods safer to championing the continues growth of our local food economy to increasing access to healthy food for our families, Senator Stabenow has made a real difference in the lives on people throughout Michigan. Her actions reflect her fundamental belief in economic opportunity and dignity for all Americans.
Willie Horton is a former left fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for six American League teams, primarily the Detroit Tigers. Horton was one of the few who was on the ground during the city's most trying time. He still can't quite explain why he took to the streets on July 23, 1967, with fires and looting taking hold of the town. He couldn't expect to stop it, but he had to try. That night became a footnote to what ended up as one of America's worst weeks of unrest, but to Horton it was the start of a lifelong commitment to being a city advocate. Since 2003, Horton has served as Special Assistant to Tigers President/CEO/General Manager. For the ninth consecutive year, Michigan recognized one man's ability to overcome obstacles and achieve a lifetime of success when "Willie Horton Day" was celebrated on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Horton is the fourth person in Michigan to be given a day, with the third being Rosa Parks.
DENNIS ARCHER, JR
Dennis W. Archer, Jr., Esq. is the CEO of Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Mr. Archer is the majority owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named by The Detroit Free Press as one of Detroit's 2016 top new restaurants. Founded in 1998, Detroit-based Ignition Media Group specialized in experiential marketing, public relations, event production and brand strategy. In 2004, he co-founded ACS with CEO Mike Carr. Archer's civic and philanthropic involvement includes Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors and Chair of the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference, as well as serving on the boards of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Dennis W. Archer Foundation, the i.am.angel Foundation, Wish Upon a Teen and Walnut Lake Preschool. Archer also serves on the General Motors Diversity Supplier Council and as a director of Main Street Bank, where he has service on the audit, loan and CRA committees. Dennis Archer, Jr. received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He lives in Detroit with his wife, The Honorable Judge Robbie Archer, and their two sons.
Robert Rossiter, Former Lear Corporation CEO, believed that every person in Detroit should have an opportunity to succeed, like-minded to our Founders, Eleanor Josaitis and Father William Cunningham. In his honor, Focus: HOPE and Heroes for HOPE presenting sponsor, Lear Corporation have created a special fund – the Robert Rossiter Fund. This legacy will support programs that help the disadvantaged and marginalized in our community, acquire the skills, education, and training they need to reach their full potential and access real opportunities – opportunities that create a life of self-sufficiency and can break the cycle of poverty for generations.
Help us continue our legacy and carry on Robert Rossiter’s passion for Detroit by helping raise money for Focus: HOPE’s food, careers and community programs by donating or starting your own fundraiser. One donation, can change a generation.
In partnership with federal and state agencies, Focus: HOPE provides 43,000 low income seniors with monthly food packages to help them meet basic needs. Focus: HOPE also provides opportunities to obtain health screenings, income support, tax preparation and utility assistance.
• Every $500 donated supports health screenings, income tax support and utility assistance for low-income seniors
With an extraordinary record of success in working with underserved and minority members of the Detroit/Southeast Michigan community, Focus: HOPE offers high-quality work readiness, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in a range of in-demand career fields.
• Every $25 donated provides one academic enrichment book for one student
• Every $50 donated supports wrap-around services for one student for one month that includes transportation assistance and/or social services
• Every $150 donated provides books and a voucher for a student to take the customer service certification test
• Every $500 donated offsets the costs of technical training materials necessary for students
• Every $1,000 donated provides half the tuition for a Focus: HOPE student to attend a career program that will enhance their quality of life for themselves and their next generation
The HOPE Village Initiative is breaking the cycle of generational poverty impacting the community around Focus: HOPE by: providing quality education for children and families, creating economic opportunities for community members and transforming the environment. Focus: HOPE’s Center for Working Families (CWF) helps about 300 individuals and families a year to become financially stable and learn how to build their personal assets. Focus: HOPE also has 222 children enrolled at the Center for Children, an affordable child care center in an educational environment.
• Every $25 donated allows two children to go on a field trip with the HOPE Village Initiative Freedom School.
• Every $50 donated provides paint and boards for boarding up buildings
• Every $100 donated provides tools for cleaning up vacant lots
• Every $500 donated to Focus: HOPE provides pre-natal one on one peer counseling and support for an expectant, low-income woman, assisting her with critical physical and emotional support
• Every $1,000 provides four students with scholarships to attend the Generation of Promise youth diversity and leadership program or one semester of the Excel Youth Photography program.