Children's Resource Network Center

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 21021 Huron River Drive New Boston MI 48164 USA

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

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing that I didn't need to worry about going hungry while I was unable to work. That gave me a chance to spend the last three months of my wife's life at her side day and night.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that CNRC had enough funding to continue to help families in their time of need for as long as possible

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the educators of our children rave about the useful information they obtained by attending Drema's workshops. I have also seen the joy on a child's face when he was given a much needed backpack filled with school supplies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

volunteer more of my time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of this organization when we read the evaluations from conferences and trainings that we have provided to the public. The food program is also nice to experience. The program managers we interface with are truly grateful to us for providing a "No Cost" program to the children in their care. The children are well fed and they enjoy the hot meals CRNC provides.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this orgainzation I would add classes that parents could benefit from - Challanging Behaviors of Children, Healthy Eating Habits, How Children Learn, etc.. Parents are welcome to join any of the trainings that are provided. The marketing of the classes need to reach homes and families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people at their lowest point walk away with their heads a little higher because NO ONE looks down on them for being in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that more funding was available to them. They do amazing things with almost no funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing training to child care professionals and serving meals to at-risk children and their families. Drema is a Dreamer - she sees opportunities and siezes them for the benefit of her clients - never letting obstacles get in the way of her vision.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Drema, she's amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure all of their financial needs were taken care of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to recognize the efforts of staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to help raise enough funds for on-going services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have recived many phone calls from people who came in need of help, that have been able to change their situation due to the help that CRNC was able to provide for them. I was also told of a little girl who cried onedayafter schoolwhen her teacher told her that CRNC had brought dinner to her after school pogram. When asked whyshe was crying she said " cause I dont have to go to bed hungry again"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a permanant commercial kitchen location for the at-risk food programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It has given me hope that together we can change the lives of children every day

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It was very rewarding to see the faces of the children and their parents as they were enjoying the food provided to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love it if CRNC could have their own professional commercial kitchen. Too bad a local school (that doesn't use its commercial kitchen during the summer months) couldn't allow them to use their facilities over the summer, as the stoves and ovens and fridges are often idle over the summer months at a school. If I had the money, I would give them thousands to do what they do best - HELP CHILDREN!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

proud and happy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

CRNC is always looking for volunteers and funding sources as all non-profits are in todays economically challenged times. The one thing that makes CRNC so different is that no child, no adult, no family, will EVER go with out food, or be hungry because they couldn't meet the "income guidelines". No person has EVER been turned away while in need of food.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a funding source that could assist with support of commercial kitchen, some "paid" staff, the food purchases, vehicles & maintenance, challenges that CRNC struggles with to keep assisting children and their families.

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