Why Suicide PreventionSuicide is an issue that impacts everyone in our community. Suicide Awareness is For Everyone (SAFE). Recognizing signs will save lives. Suicide is a tough subject to talk about. We must begin with being able to talk openly about suicide. Increasing our knowledge and ability to ask directly about suicide, listening, and referring for more help, will guide us toward a suicide safer community.
Please see BFDI in the media! Check out this link to United Way’s blog about BFDI’s Suicide Prevention Trainings and partnership with Jewish Family Service here: United Way Partners Work to Create a Suicide Safer Community - United Way for Southeastern Michigan (unitedwaysem.org)
City of Detroit Finding Resolution Everyday through Education - (F.R.E.E)
OverviewFREE (Finding Resolutions Everyday through Education) is a public education and information program to prevent substance abuse/addiction, and promote healthy life styles.
Program GoalTo ensure youth and families receive services they need to be successfully released from the juvenile justice system and achieve their personal goals, while ensuring community safety.
Eligibility CriteriaDetroit-Area children, teens, and adults "at risk" for use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs (ATOD)
OverviewThe Homeless Prevention Program is a program to prevent and reduce the risks of homelessness for residents of Wayne County. The program provides housing assistance to both families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program provides services to qualified individuals in three areas:
1. Landlord-Tenant mediation servicesA Case Manager establishes a liaison between the landlord and the tenant at risk of eviction, it attempts to reconcile differences and avoid family’s displacement.
2. Home Maintenance/Repair and EducationA Case Manager provides hands-on, and referral assistance to address home cleanliness and environmental risks that may result in eviction or the removal of children due to unsafe household conditions.
3. Housing Resource DevelopmentA Case Manager assists the family with identifying and pursuing safe, affordable housing.
Eligibility CriteriaThe Homeless Prevention Program services are available to residents of Wayne County. For further information and referral assistance please contact: Phone: (313) 758-0150
First Contact / Building Foundations
OverviewBlack Family Development, Inc.’s Family Connection Building Foundations Program is a community-based program that provides prevention services for families with children at risk of abuse and/or neglect. The primary goal of the program is to prevent at-risk out-of-home placement. “This program is supported by federal Child Care Fund dollars. BFDI is advocating, with United Way of Southeastern Michigan, to expand the Child Care Fund allocation in Michigan. The advocacy video is here
Youth Assistance Program (YAP)
OverviewBlack Family Development, Inc.'s Youth Assistance "Passport" Program (YAP) is an after school program that assists youth in developing healthy lifestyles, values, and self awareness, by providing Positive Youth Development activities, counseling, homework assistance, cultural-enrichment, structured recreation, and exposure to additional career options. We service specific zip codes on the eastside of Detroit. Referrals are accepted from the community or the Wayne County Prosecutor's office or the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Program GoalYAP's program goals are two-fold: (1) To provide community-based prevention services to youth and their families; empowering them to maintain delinquency-free activities during their daily living at home, school, and in the community. (2) To provide support and growth-inducing life experiences that will prevent involvement in the juvenile justice system.
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