Catholic Faithful Response Fund for COVID-19


Our Catholic faith calls us to be especially generous during times of great need.


Thank you for generously responding to the call to support parishes, Catholic schools and nonprofit organizations seeking mission-critical funding in this time of crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministries and social service centers in the area are stretched on staffing resources and are in need of our support. Vulnerable and marginalized people who were already at risk are facing even further insecurity.

Your donations to this emergency funding campaign support ministries, schools and parishes, allowing them to increase their services to meet basic human needs and address unexpected financial hardships.

Now more than ever, ministries, schools, parishes and vulnerable people in the Archdiocese of Detroit and across Michigan need our support. We are so grateful for your generosity.


Focus Areas

Managed by the Foundation's Grant and Impact Committee, the Catholic Faithful Response Fund makes weekly grants to community-based organizations that are working on the frontlines to support our most vulnerable communities.

We know that community needs are shifting daily as a result of these unprecedented times and are closely working with local organizations to monitor where the need is greatest. We will continue to review requests that come in and will make weekly distributions of various amounts to organizations. Our committee will prioritize grant requests focused on providing the most immediate and critical food and emergency relief to the most marginalized populations in our community.


Community-Wide Vote
Thank you to everyone who took part in our community-wide vote. Voting ended at 11:59pm EST on May 18th, 2020. Grant recipients were announced on our website on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. Click here to view the results and learn more about our grant recipients!


To Donate By Mail:
Online giving is encouraged during this time but if you prefer, you may also donate by mail. You can also connect with one of our staff directly by calling (248) 204-0332.

Please mail checks to:
Catholic Foundation of Michigan
1145 W. Long Road, Suite 201
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302

Please make checks payable to:
Catholic Foundation of Michigan with "Catholic Faithful Responses Fund" in the memo line.

To Nominate Organizations:
Deadline: May 8, 2020
If you know of an organization doing great work and would like to nominate them for a grant, please contact info@catholicfoundationmichigan.org or call (248) 204-0332. We will review nominated organizations through May 8th.

Donations as of 6/22/2020 9:00am

See below for a tally of the total donations to date. Thank you for your generosity!

This community has donated $89,569.61

To learn more about the mission and collaborative impact of the Catholic Faithful Response Fund, please click here.

Grant Requests

Donate Here for the General Fund

 
Catholic Faithful Response Fund
In response to the emergent health and economic impact of Covid-19 in our Catholic Community.
 
 

Donate Here to Give to Specific Parishes/Schools/Ministries

Alternatives for Girls
Staffing costs and essential supplies and food for crisis resource center and homeless shelter.
Website Link

Financial support will allow the shelter for homeless girls and women to procure needed food and cleaning supplies, which are being used both at the shelter and distributed in the community. Support will also pay for increased staffing needs for cleaning/sanitizing the shelter, and if needed, providing support for quarantined individuals.

Donations of healthful carry-out meal for dinner at the shelter would also be very welcome. Contact Jessica Pate to make arrangements: jpate@alternativesforgirls.org or call (313) 444-5737.

 
Funded
2,345.00
 
Angels' Place
Caregiver support and pantry items for adults with developmental disabilities
Website Link

Angels’ Place provides homes and services to adults with developmental disabilities. Donations will provide incremental caregiver hours required during this crisis and help buy groceries usually provided through our volunteer pantry, but currently suspended.
 
Funded
3,155.00
 
Ascension St. John Hospital
Caregiver support for emergent financial needs due to COVID-19
Website Link

In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, our healthcare heroes at Ascension St. John Hospital are working long days on the frontlines of patient care. Many are facing financial challenges and personal sacrifices. With children home, associates have extra expenses; many have spouses who have lost a job and can’t make ends meet. Donations to the Associate Hardship Fund will help associates cover extra personal costs incurred during this crisis. The fund assists caregivers with emergent needs such as eviction/foreclosure of associate’s primary residence, medication expenses, funeral expenses for members of their immediate family, payment of utility bills to prevent shut off, and groceries.
 
Funded
350.00
 
Ave Maria Communications
Providing hope in anxious times through remote production of radio shows
Website Link

Funds will cover the lost income from the canceled Spring Fund Drive which is crucial for continuing operation.


 
Funded
2,775.00
 
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Operating six food and health programs at five different sites on the east side of Detroit.
Website Link

Capuchin Soup Kitchen is running a food pantry Tue-Friday that serves approximately 150 households per day, serving carry-out meals every day at our two soup kicten sites, operating CARF-accredited residential substance abuse treatment for homeless, residential bakery training program for people coming out of prison, and operating a 1.5 acre organic farm.

 
Funded
4,270.00
 
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Services for seniors, food pantry, and telehealth for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Website Link

In response to the crisis, CCSEM has started a new outreach program for seniors which provides case management services, food and medical delivery, and referral services. Funding is needed to support staff time, transportation costs, and basic equipment and supplies. CCSEM’s behavioral health locations are all offering telehealth for mental health and substance abuse treatment. The food program at All Saints Soup Kitchen remains open. Volunteers are also needed; please see the webpage above for contact information to volunteer.
 
Funded
2,470.00
 
Catholic Church of St Moses the Black
Expanded to-go meals at food pantry
Website Link.

The weekly St. Moses the Black Food Pantry is now receiving five times more than the typical number of guests. Volunteers are distributing take-away packages of food and utilizing protective equipment. Protective gear and sanitizing supplies are needed.


 
Funded
12,525.00
 
Catholic Community Response Team
Food and grooming items as well as rent and utility payments
Website Link

Volunteers in Pontiac are delivering essential items to those in need and, once moratoriums end, will continue to provide emergency rent and utilities payments.
 
Funded
3,655.00
 
Catholic Youth Organization
Support summer camp and peer evangelization sessions.
Website Link





 
Funded
250.00
 
Christ the King Catholic School
Tuition payments for families experiencing financial hardship.
Website Link

Many of the school's families have already been laid off or lost their jobs completely, and also lack the ability to be connected online to continue their children's education. Funds will pay for missed tuition payments, services to promote virtual education more effectively, and digital devices to loan or give families that do not have them.
 
Funded
565.00
 
Cornerstone Education Group
Financial support for food distribution program that operates several times a week and technology for virtual learning for students in Detroit and Redford .
Website Link

Through the Food Distribution Program, Cornerstone parents can pick up two days worth of breakfasts/lunches three times per week. Your support will also help fund and distribute Chromebooks for students and their families in need.
 
Funded
4,265.00
 
Corpus Christi Church
Deliveries of food and medicine to vulnerable people, emergency food and assistance to those in need.
Website Link

Volunteers are delivering food and medicine as well as checking in by phone with vulnerable and senior community members. Perishable and non-perishable food as well as gift cards for emergency extenuating circumstances (for gas, diapers, etc.)

 
Funded
7,540.00
 
Deo Gratias Ministries Detroit
Food bags for marginalized people
Website Link

Though Deo Gratias Ministries has had to suspend its indoor cafe it will provide food bags of shelf-stable items from the parking lot at St. Jude Parish Center.

 
Funded
3,500.00
 
East African Children's Fund
Supporting food farming programs for 1,000 vulnerable children.
Website link

Support feeding programs, kitchen gardens and farming initiatives on the ground in rural Kenya. Top priorities: purchase food for vulnerable children while it is still available and/or purchase seeds and small tools for women in rural Kenya to grow food for their families.

 
Funded
250.00
 
G1 Impact
100,000 Masks for Detroit Families and Children
Website Link

To provide reusable 100% cotton face masks to low-income Detroit families. The masks will be cut and sewn by small businesses in Michigan and beyond. Four nonprofit agencies (Brillant Detroit, Life Remodeled, Forgotten Harvest, The Prayer Truck) will distribute directly.

 
Funded
250.00
 
Gesu Catholic School
Tuition payments for families experiencing financial hardship.
Website Link

Financial support will provide tuition for Gesu families, many of whom were already experiencing hardship before the crisis. Gesu is also providing bagged lunches daily for Gesu families and community members to take home.


 
Funded
405.00
 
Gianna House
Food, clothing and activities for pregnant teen girls
Website Link

The pregnant young women in this community residence are currently restricted from leaving the house and staff and residents are following strict policies to manage the environment. Funds will provide healthy food choices, maternity clothing, and activities to keep the girls engaged and active in a very restricted environment.



 
Funded
1,995.00
 
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Expanded food delivery during the pandemic crisis.
Website Link

To help support our efforts in adding 54 additional food pick-up locations for our School Food Mobile Pantry program. This will help serve an additional 16,800 households each week. Your gift will also help support some of the most at-risk constituents through our mobile pantry distributions for senior citizen facilities.



 
Funded
1,560.00
 
Holy Cross Services
Staffing and resources for homeless shelter, emergency shelter, and foster care. Support for boys in residential facility that can no longer leave home to work.
Website Link

All of Holy Cross Services programs are continuing and staff and resources are stretched by the limitations during this pandemic. In particular they are seeking help for King House, a transitional residential facility for male teens that includes shelter, education, counseling, and help with gaining employment. During the crisis the boys are not allowed to work in their fast food jobs, and Holy Cross is seeking sponsorship for the lost income that would go into their housing savings accounts. In addition to this support, they are also seeking the donation of 10 laptops for their residential sites to help provide telehealth services and residents’ ability to communicate with loved ones. Please contact KKretzschmar@hccsnet.org to donate a laptop.
 
Funded
2,560.00
 
International Samaritan
Food water, and sanitation supplies for vulnerable individuals so they may shelter in place.
Website Link

Food water, and sanitation supplies for vulnerable individuals so they may shelter in place.



 
Funded
1,250.00
 
Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Provision of emergency food orders and Easter food.
Website Link




 
Funded
2,400.00
 
Lourdes Senior Community
Staffing costs for senior living facility sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Website Link

Residents are being screened for symptoms multiple times per day, and caregivers are helping residents to stay connected to loved ones through Skype and written communications. Resident activities are conducted one-on-one and with proper social distancing.

 
Funded
350.00
 
Loyola High School
Tuition payments for families experiencing financial hardship.
Website Link

Loyola is engaged in a distance learning program, providing online counseling and spiritual resources, and providing seven grab-and-go meals per week for families and the surrounding community. Their annual fundraiser had to be canceled and supporters can also visit here to participate in a virtual auction event.
 
Funded
295.00
 
Pope Francis Center
Increased hygiene, medical staffing, and personal protective equipment.
Website Link

Pope Francis Center has suspended volunteer support to reduce chances for guests to be exposed to COVID-19. They moved their operation outdoors under heated tents, added restrooms and handwashing stations, and have made their meals grab and go. They are increasing their medical staffing and working closely with the City. In addition to donations, personal protective equipment is also needed.
 
Funded
2,160.00
 
Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order: Capuchin Retreat Center
Technology and marketing resources to promote online spiritual direction, courses and retreat opportunities, and supporting overhead costs of retreat center.
Website Link

Funds will allow the staff to share Capuchin spirituality with more people digitally as an antidote to the panic and fear felt by so many. Funds will also support the retreat center’s overhead costs while all retreats are canceled. In addition to funds, people with skills and equipment who would be willing to help create content on Capuchin spirituality with the brothers can contact Fr. Tom Nguyen at brtom@thecapuchins.org
 
Funded
320.00
 
Regina High School
Tuition support for Regina HS families experiencing financial hardship.
Website Link

Financial support will allow Regina to be able to support families who may be financially concerned about continuing to send their daughters to Regina. Regina’s Alumnae Association is also currently taking donations to Gleaners Community Food Bank and to Regina families experiencing financial hardship. The curriculum has been moved to a digital platform, resources for families have been provided, and staff are checking in on students.
 
Funded
3,250.00
 
St. Albert the Great University Parish
Support for St. Al’s ongoing ministry to students and parishioners promoting spiritual closeness
Website Link


At a time when the Sunday collection is gone, support for St. Al's will allow them to continue their ministry and faith development through virtual communications, check-in phone calls and more.
 
Funded
1,514.00
 
St. Aloysius Parish, Detroit (20124)
St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services: Support and groceries to senior citizens in downtown Detroit
Website Link

Volunteers are checking in with and providing groceries and other basics when necessary to 230 senior citizens from the parish and surrounding residences in downtown Detroit.

 
Funded
4,340.00
 
St. Augustine St. Monica Catholic Church
Outreach to vulnerable parishioners and deliveries of food from stories and pantries to senior citizens in the community.
Website Link./

Younger volunteers have been mobilized to run the food pantry in place of older ones, and volunteers are also delivering food to people in need. Evangelization ministry volunteers are calling vulnerable community members to check-in on their needs and providing a loving, listening presence. Funds will allow this ministry to continue and grow.
 
Funded
1,425.00
 
St. Catherine of Siena Academy
Tuition assistance for families experiencing financial hardship & online learning assistance
Website Link

Some families have become unemployed and are no longer able to afford tuition payments for this year or next year. Some families do not have devices to utilizing for online learning, and the school would benefit from more devices to lend.


 
Funded
250.00
 
St Clare of Montefalco
Staffing costs due to 80% reduction in parish collection
Website Link

Staff are anticipating paycuts due to reduced collection. They continue to call every parishioner to check in and have mobilized volunteers to deliver food to the homebound. Food is also available outside the church for those who need it.

 
Funded
1,580.00
 
St. Joseph Shrine
Food pantry and personal outreach to low-income residents in surrounding 48207 zip code.
Website link.

St. Joseph Shrine food pantry has experienced increased demand, as unemployment surges in the local neighborhood that is already overwhelmed with poverty. The pantry serves 100+ families twice a month.

 
Funded
7,920.00
 
St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults
Staffing costs (caregivers and housekeeping) for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Website Link

A number of publicly funded residents have gone home to be with their families, resulting in cuts in reimbursement. However, staffing needs are high as the remaining residents must stay at the Center 24/7 and require round the clock care. In addition, the Center is faced with covering overtime and hazard pay for caregivers, elimination of in-kind food donations and elevated costs for cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment. Fundraisers, which are an important source of funding, are being canceled or delayed. It is estimated that the Center will experience a $300,000 shortfall in the next two months.
 
Funded
1,770.00
 
St. Michael The Archangel Foundation
Internet and server upgrades and laptops for students at St. Michael Academy.
Website Link

St. Michael's faculty seamlessly transitioned from traditional campus/classroom instruction to online learning immediately after school closures. Instructing, in this way, has inspired teachers to expand the learning opportunities for their students—as well as the community, by allowing others to audit classes. This transition has accelerated the timeline for upgrading the school's server and internet bandwidth to maximize the effectiveness of the online learning process. Funds would also cover anticipated lost tuition payments and budgeted income from a canceled fundraiser.
 
Funded
300.00
 
St. Patrick Senior Center
Providing essential staff personal protective equipment and giving emergency food
Website Link

Though enrichment services have been suspended, health support services and emergency food is being provided for 2,000 seniors in Detroit.
 
Funded
1,025.00
 
St. Regis Catholic Parish
Technology and equipment needs to provide live-streamed masses and events for parishioners.
Website Link.


Cameras, computers, and programs are needed to maintain this level of activity. Finances needed to help install permanent equipment for our parish.

 
Funded
250.00
 
St. Veronica Parish, Eastpointe (20828)
Sister Marcine Food Pantry: Personal outreach to vulnerable parishioners, seniors, recently unemployed, underemployed and food pantry distributions.
Website link.

Sr. Marcine Food pantry has been kept open to help the 80 couples, families and individuals that we have been serving each month over the last 20 plus years, which totals about 207 individuals monthly. This amounts to 124 adults and 83 children. The pantry is low in stock and needs funds to continue monthly distributions

 
Funded
1,800.00
 
The Lennon Pregnancy Center
Offering emergency assitance packages, ultrasounds and support to pregnant woman in need.
Website Link

Outreach center providing material goods such diapers, wipes, clothing, formula, to pregnant woman in need.

 
Funded
510.00
 
The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy
Outreach supplies for hospital and spiritual support.
Website Link

General grounds remain open for prayer in vehicles. The Center is collecting supplies for hospitals and providing spiritual support through a Moments of Mercy campaign.
 
Funded
1,060.00