Crain's: Kresge Foundation donates $250,000 to renovate health center

February 9th, 2010
5716 Wellness on Michigan Avenue in southwest Detroit

Kresge Foundation donates $250,000 to renovate health center

By Sherri Welch
Crain’s Detroit Business
February 09, 2010

The Troy-based Kresge Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to Covenant Community Care to support the renovation of a new, integrated health care center in southwest Detroit.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Covenant leveraged another $680,000 in matching funds from the Michigan Department of Community Health to support the $10.9 million project.

The center is located in a federally designated, medically underserved area and will provide affordable health care, regardless of people’s ability to pay, said Covenant Executive Director Paul Propson, in a release.

Financing for the project includes a combination of grants, tax credits, loans and developer equity, the organization said in the release.

The new center will be housed in a nearly-century-old warehouse at 5716 Michigan Ave., which originally served as a cigar factory and was designed by Albert Kahn.

Southwest Counseling Services, whose sister nonprofit Southwest Housing Solutions is serving as the real estate developer on the project, plans to move its Children, Youth and Families Division to the new center.

The Southwest division’s young clients either suffer from severe emotional issues, have come through the juvenile courts or are at risk of being placed outside of the community due to behavioral problems.

Consolidating the division in Covenant’s new health care center will give those young patients greater access to multiples services, increasing their prospects for recovery, said Joseph Tardella, executive director of Southwest Counseling, in the release.

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