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Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Need

Farmington, August 21, 2014: Most people would rather remain in their own homes as they age. However, living on a fixed income can make paying for home repairs, modifications and services difficult, if not impossible. Helping these neighbors in need is at the heart of what Safe at Home Charitable Fund, a program of Evangelical Homes of Michigan, does. While everyone’s needs are slightly different, they can turn to Safe at Home for a free home safety assessment, repairs, modifications and services.

Safe at Home Charitable Fund recipients Tasha Harding and her mother are both disabled. While Harding uses a scooter, her mother is wheelchair-bound, making it difficult to move around their home in Farmington.

Safe at Home Charitable Fund widened doorways, modified door thresholds and installed a ramp at the Harding’s home giving them much more mobility and freedom.

Katherine Doctor of Bingham Farms received a Lifeline Medical Alert system to remain in her home safely. This allowed her to enjoy her independence while keeping medical care close at hand.

Safe at Home Charitable Fund covers the cost of needed modifications for people with little or no financial resources,” Denise Rabidoux, president and C.E.O. of Evangelical Homes of Michigan said. “Items such as a ramp, grab bars or even Lifeline Medical Alert services are costly to individuals in need. With our help, many people are able to maintain independence in their own homes.”

Funded through Evangelical Homes of Michigan’s philanthropic arm, Safe at Home Charitable Fund offers free repairs and modifications at hundreds of people’s homes each year from the many generous gifts provided by individuals and groups from around southeastern Michigan.

One such gift will be made to Evangelical Homes of Michigan by 100+ Women Who Care’s Motown chapter specifically for its Safe at Home Charitable Fund efforts.

“People’s hearts go out to older adults,” said Karen Rashid Balow, the group’s chapter founder. “I think a lot of people know how important it is to allow people to stay in their homes. I know Evangelical Homes is a very large, wonderful organization, but the Safe at Home concept really resonated with many women. Letting people stay in their homes is really important.”

100+ Women Who Care Motown was launched in December, 2011 by Balow, Nancy Sullivan, and Molly Williams.

All three women will be on hand at Evangelical Homes of Michigan’s Farmington corporate office, at 34024 W. 8 Mile Road, Suite 101, at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 to present the gift earmarked specifically for the Safe at Home efforts.

“We have so many programs that make a positive impact on our communities – our neighbors,” said Dennis Purdy, vice president of philanthropy. “To be awarded this gift for Safe at Home Charitable Fund will enable us to provide services that improve the safety of many more older individuals in their homes. It’s an honor to be entrusted with this gift.”

If you would like to support Safe at Home or any of Evangelical Homes of Michigan’s many charitable efforts, contact Purdy at 248-871-5001



Contact: Nancy Maxwell


100+ Women Who Care Motown Helps

Children Sleep Well with Sweet Dreamzzz

Farmington Hills, Mich., April 9, 2014 – Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is excited to announce that 100+ Women Who Care Motown, an organization of local women who want to give back to the community, has donated $14,300 to support their sleep education programs.

100+ Women Who Care Motown is an organization based in metro Detroit, made up of women who generously support their community by donating to one charity every quarter as a group. Members commit to writing a check for $100 four times a year to non-profits that are nominated and voted on at their meetings. Three members speak about the charity they nominated, after the presentations the members vote on one of the charities they feel the most worthy to receive the contributions that month. Sweet Dreamzzz Executive Director, Nancy Maxwell, along with Director of Sleep Programs, Ann Raftery, presented for the third time in February 2014. Their persistence paid off as Sweet Dreamzzz was the recipient of $14,300 in donations, which helped fund one of their R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Programs at Detroit International Academy for Young Women in March of this year.

Sweet Dreamzzz, a local non-profit organization is committed to improving children’s health, well-being and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. TheR.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program is a unique program that deals with nighttime - a time period in a child’s life that is rarely addressed. The program is twofold, bringing both warmth and comfort to the children as well as vital information they need to ensure a good night’s rest. The R.E.M. Sleep Program starts with a 30-minute presentation educating the children on the importance of sleep and good sleep hygiene habits. After the presentation, each child receives a sleep kit consisting of a sleeping bag, t-shirt, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a reading book by sleep professional, Dr. James B. Maas.

Sweet Dreamzzz has sleep education programs for early childhood, elementary schools, parents, teachers and the general community. For more information on their programs or how you can help please visit, . For more information about 100+ Women, visit .

Founded in 1998, Sweet Dreamzzz™, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the benefits of healthy sleep habits and establishing a healthy bedtime routine using its R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program, the Early Childhood Sleep Education Program™, and the Parent Sleep Education Workshop™. Since its founding, Sweet Dreamzzz has served more than 40,000 children and families. For more information on how you can help by volunteering or organizing collections for Sweet Dreamzzz, or to find out about getting one of the sleep programs at your school, call the office at 248-478-3242 or visit


December 10, 2013
Contact: Molly McMahon, 313.967.0999 ext. 7,

Philanthropic Organization 100+ Women Who Care Motown Fund Local Theatre Company

DETROIT – Matrix Theatre Company, located in the heart of Mexicantown, is excited to announce that the philanthropic organization, 100+ Women Who Care Motown, has donated $15,200 to Matrix Theatre Company. 100+ Women Who Care Motown is an organization based in metro Detroit made up of local women who are interested in supporting their local community by contributing to local charities together as a unit to increase the impact. In November, a majority of members voted to fund Matrix Theatre Company with their collective donation of over $15,000. For more information about 100+ Women, visit For more information about Matrix Theatre Company, visit

When the Matrix staff received word that they would receive this incredible gift, they were surprised but ecstatic. “It’s such an honor to receive this generous donation,” said Andrea Scobie, Director of Education. “100+ Women Who Care Motown is doing such good work and we are thrilled to be counted among the organizations they find worthwhile.” Co-founders Nancy Sullivan and Karen Rashid Balow, along with group member, Michele Dragisity, presented the check to staff members and Board President, Sue Sattler, IHM in a small ceremony at Matrix Theatre Company. Matrix plans to use this donation to fund existing programming that changes lives, builds communities, and fosters social justice through the transformative power of theatre.

100+ Women Who Care Motown is one of many 100+ Women groups across the country. The groups are made up of generous women who agree to donate a total of $100 four times a year, with funds going to four specific charities throughout the year. Members meet four times throughout each year to vote on which charity or non-profit organization will receive the collected donation. At each meeting, all organizations under consideration for gifts are suggested by group members who, if their charity is one of three chosen at random, make a presentation for their suggested recipient. After all three members present compelling reasons to support their cause, the group votes for the organization they find most worthy of a financial gift. Michele Dragisity, Matrix Theatre Company Board member and member of 100+ Women Who Care Motown, presented the winning case for Matrix at the 100+ Women November meeting.

For more information about the Matrix Theatre Company, go to or call 313-967-0999 ext. 7.

St. Clair Shores Post-Partum Support Group Tree of Hope Receives $15K Donation
Small charity grew out of grief-stricken St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe family and friends of schoolteacher who took her life and baby's in 2004

St. Claire Shores Patch, December 4, 2012

Reminder to linkedin users: join the 100+ Motown group….

Savvy businesswomen raise funds for charity — fastObserver & Eccentric, June 7, 2012

100+ Women Put Fundraising in Gear,
Raise $15,300 for City Mission

See Northville Patch coverage:

Cick here for the recording from February 3, 2012 Craig Fahle Show, WDET.

Many thanks to all 100+ Women Motown committed members and our three “honorary” members who contributed!

UPDATE: Royal Oak Homeless Shelter Receives $13,100
to Serve Needy

See Royal Oak Patch coverage:

Nancy Sullivan
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