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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth

Mission: Childrens Resource Network Center (CRNC) is a charitable non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for children and their families for the development and preservation of ethical values, the realization of the digninty and worth of each individual and the enhancement of positive social behavior, in order to realize their full potential.

Results: Currently 10 feeding sites are operational, serving 300 - 400 children daily. A Summer Breakfast pilot program was started at 3 feeding sites in 2010 adding two meals per day to over 200 at-risk hungry children.

Target demographics: At-risk hungry children (birth - 18 years), families needing emergency food assistance and indivduals who provide early education and care to children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,000 children meals

Geographic areas served: Southeastern Michigan

Programs: Childrens Feeding Programs (year round) Emgency Food Pantry for Families (year round) Training for Early Childhood Education & Care Providers

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recieved assistance from the CRNC food pantry. I was treated with respect and dignity in my unexpected time of need.
I retired early so that I could spend time with my wife before she passed away from cancer. The first few months after my retirement were finacially difficult and stressful but CRNC was there to help fill the gap for not only my wife and I but also for my daughter and her children too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the CRNC over the last several years. I cannot say enough about the wonderful work this organization does to help improve the lives of children in our community. From working at Drema's professional development seminars to helping raise funds through holiday wreath sales, I have seen so many people become empowered with the enthusiasm and motivation to make a difference in the lives of children. My only hope is for this organization to receive the funds and assistance they need to continue their work and helping make our world a better place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past ten years I have seen genuine generosity and careing for the people who have come to CRNC. Weather it is for emergency food boxes for the Holidays or just to get them through the week, people are treated with care and respect. All of the CRNC staff as well as the volunteers look for the resources to meet the needs of the families in need.
In addition, the trainings that CRNC provides meet the State Mandates set for child care providers at a affordable rate. Providers also appreciate that trainings are scheduled for their convienience.

Michael A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with CRNC for almost a year now. In addition to helping feed people in need, CRNC partners with other organizations to provide work experience for teens and young adults entering the work force for the first time. This si how I was introduced to CRNC. I have recieved valuable training from CRNC as well as exprience working in a comercial kitchen.

Tom R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although I've been an active board member since Drema founded CRNC in 1995, since retiring from my "other" job last year, I've been able to spend more time and work more closely with Drema and her incredible staff. They've trained hundreds of child care professionals, provided thousands of family food pantry packs, and served over 100,000 meals to children in just the past five years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work closely with CRNC for several years. I can say first hand that this is a Non-Profit with a heart and a passion to serve the Downriver families in need. As the Senior Pastor of Thrive International Church in Woodhaven, Michigan we have join them in their fight to feed those in need. I want to personally thank them for all that they do.
Dr. Scott M. Tysick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The effort this organization and its staff have put into serving children and their families in the community has cast a very wide net. From selling baked goods, cookie dough, wreaths, etc. the challenge of having enough funds has been great. But when there are funds of any amount they are stretched as far as possible to serve as many as possible.
I have been involved with a number of non-profits over the years, but this one has done the most with the least. The staff is beyond dedicated and that is why services have been so valuable to so many.

Leslie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for CNRC in many ways from oganizing and overseeing the emergency food pantry to holiday food baskets as well as facilitaing Early Childhood Education trainings.
In every situation CRNC treats the families in need with the utmost respect, realizing that when people are needy enough to ask for help they are looking for a hand up not a hand out.

Mike M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Children's Resource Network Center for the past 15 years. They have been an outstanding member of the community by helping children and feeding their families when they are in need. CRNC has visited sites for migrant workers in Lenawee and Monroe counties. Migrant workers and their families were served nutritious meals on a daily basis.

I am proud to have been able to help with Children's Resource Network Center's projects. It makes you feel good when you can help another human being. More organizations should give so selflessly. Often, the workers of CRNC perform their jobs after-hours and on weekends. I have seen such hard working people at this non-profit. They are truly a wonderful group of people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What can I say.... I have known about Drema and Children's Resource Network Center for about 10 years. I was first introduced to this wonderful organization while I was employed at "another non-profit". The two agencies partnered on a few projects, I participated with some of their training events and grew to learn the mission and the genuine concerns for the children and their families from the people involved with CRNC.
I wanted to become a part of this organization because I have never met anyone so dedicated to the feeding needs of hungry children as Drema Raupp. Although I was employed with another agency, I did what I could, on my own time, for CRNC.
In 2009 I found myself in the same perdicament as many folks living in Southeastern Michigan, I was laid off! Because of the economy, the agency I worked for was down-sizing. I filed for Unemployment, put out my resume' and found I had nothing to fill the time that formerly time spent at my job.
One day I decided to "stop in" and say "Hello". Everyone was busy planning and preparing for a conference, the next thing I knew I was sitting in front of a computer, helping out with a flyer and being asked for my input and ideas, and oh yes, "could I spare some time tomorrow", and the rest, as they say, is history! That was almost 2 years ago, and I'm still helping out as a volunteer.