Ford Motor Fund Invests $5 Million in New Detroit Community Center

The Ford Motor Company Fund has announced a $5 million investment in a second Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit.

The center, which will be housed at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy on Detroit's east side and managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, will offer services suggested by members of the community, including food distribution programs, job training and continuing education, and arts and cultural services programming. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new center is modeled after Ford's original center, which opened in southwest Detroit three years ago and has provided a range of social and cultural services to more than eighty thousand local residents. In total, the original center has returned $3 in services to the local community for every $1 invested by Ford and the nonprofits that provide services there.

"While our region is making great strides, we need to do more for Detroit's neighborhoods," said Ford Motor Company Fund president Jim Vella. "Locating the new resource center at Fisher Upper provides us an opportunity to reach another Detroit neighborhood with programs that benefit students and families alike."