Named Crain’s Best-Runned Nonprofit Organization in 2020, MCHS opened in 1917 amid the Spanish Flu to provide a home for children orphaned when their parents succumbed to disease or World War I.
It served as a children’s home for its first 100 years, providing a safe haven for foster children and children seeking adoption through referrals from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Over the years, it has also added community-based foster care, adoption, and independent living programs.
It set out to broadly expand its services to adults and the elderly, as well as children, in 2019 after noting that gaps in services to other members of the community were a main factor in children being forced to leave. to be placed in foster care.
Through acquisitions and expansion, MCHS now has five additional locations beyond its main campus, including the new Detroit site.
It has more than doubled the number of programs it offers to a total of 10 and tripled the number of people it serves to 3,000 each year.
In the summer of 2019, he opened a satellite site at Durfee Innovation Society in downtown Detroit to provide child abuse prevention and family preservation services and acquired Wayne County Community Social Service , creating one of the largest foster care providers in the region and guaranteeing CSS substance. violence, transition and parenting programs for young mothers and foster grandparents and elderly companion programs, among others, would continue.
MCHS, which operates on a budget of $14 million this year, also opened a trauma-informed K-8 charter school on its main campus for children in its residential foster care and community treatment program. surrounding in 2020 and last year acquired the Fowler Center, a year-round outdoor camp in Mayville, northeast of Flint, for children and adults with disabilities.
“As we expand beyond children and families, our goal is to support the community (by filling) all resource gaps. This starts from infancy through adulthood,” Watson said.
“What we want to do is create systemic change to support families from generation to generation so they have the right resources and supports and kids don’t have to come into the system.”