On October 6, 2017, the Ford Motor Company Fund opened the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) on Detroit’s Eastside. Located at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy and managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, the FREC’s programs and partnerships has offered a wide range of support services, cultural activities, and essential resources to astounding results! One year later, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation reflects on Twelve Months of Impact
Essential Resources To date, the FREC has served over 12,000 families, distributed over 150,000 pounds of food, and delivered more than $1.6 million in tax refunds. We also built our online community with over 10,000 unique visitors to freccity.org, and more than 3,000 followers across social media.
Support Services With the help of at least 18 nonprofit community groups, vetted by the community through a comprehensive pitch process, services offered at the FREC include FREE legal assistance, job training and workforce development, STEAM programs providing the science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum necessary for young people seeking high-demand jobs in the future, and workshops supporting business startups.
Cultural Activities We believe in having fun, enjoying amazing experiences, and fueling creativity – all while delivering the services and resources that our community needs. Over the past year, the FREC has hosted several FREC City Saturday community events, honored local neighborhood heroes, hosted family fun holiday events, hosted Men of Courage Pop Up Forums offering free haircuts from the Men of Courage Barbershop, and served as host to Big Sean’s inaugural D.O.N. Weekend signature Block Party.
These are just a few of many community activities offered at the FREC. It has been an amazing year, and we look forward to many more to come!