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How It All Started In Detroit
In 2016, the Detroit Free Press wrote an article, stating that the Friends of the Children model could help children in Detroit. The story was written after a journalist from the newspaper visited the national office in Portland, Oregon. Three years later volunteers from the metro Detroit area who believed in the mission, helped to raise the capital funding needed to start a Detroit Chapter. Thanks to many early funders, foundations and individual donors, the funds were successfully raised and the chapter became a reality.
Friends of the Children–Detroit became the 21st location established nationwide and several of the volunteers who helped to secure funding serve on the Board of Directors.
In January 2020, our executive director was hired and additional staff was brought on later. The chapter is scheduled to begin serving children in June 2020.