30 Under 30 Fellows - 2018

2018 Class of Fellows: Housing, Homelessness & Shelter

Ford’s Thirty Under 30 program is a yearlong course in leadership and philanthropy that matches nonprofits with Ford employees under age 30 in the U.S. and — for the first time — Canada.

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Who We Work With

Cass Community Social Services

Detroit, Mich., serves the community by promoting self-reliance; providing basic needs, including affordable housing; and encouraging community involvement.

Proposed solution - Cass Community Center - a space for individuals to develop critical skills, pursue creative expression and strengthen their community.

Fellows: Leah Cordero, Muneeb Hameed, Christiana Lumaj, Jackson Pilutti, Joseph R. Petit-Homme Jr.

First Step Shelter

Plymouth, Mich., offers free services such as shelter, counseling, legal information, transitional housing and more to those affected by domestic violence.

Proposed solution - Open Homes – an existing platform on AirBnb that could be used to provide additional out-of-shelter housing and increase shelter space at First Step.

Fellows: Molli Andor, Dominic Gelfuso, Samantha Martens, Devin McParlane, Robert Voisin

Habitat for Humanity - Macomb County

Macomb, Clinton Township, Mich., builds and repairs homes, while also educating homeowners to improve financial literacy.

Proposed solution - A streamlined application process and strengthened partnerships with the United Way and Macomb Community College could increase skilled labor and potential homeowner applicants.

Fellows: Alexander Breg, Lani Duffy, Eric Hum, Westin Pulizzi, Dhivya Srinivasan

Ruth Ellis Center

Highland Park, Mich., provides short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.

Proposed solution - The Digital Platform - a virtual extension of the physical Ruth Ellis Center for the LGBTQ community, allowing members to access safe spaces, mobility opportunities and mentoring.

Fellows: Ishmael Amegashie, Katelyn Hamaker, Sergio Juarez, Nevi Kaja, Kevin Zurek

SOS (South Oakland Shelter)

Lathrup Village, Mich., works with a diverse range of people struggling with homelessness providing emergency shelter, housing assistance programs and basic needs services.

Proposed solution - Ride-sharing Service – providing freedom of movement to the clients of South Oakland Shelter, enabling them to go to and from the shelter to access services.

Fellows: Shelby Avery, Patrick Davis, Benjamin Schoenleber, Christopher Taylor, Aparna Velampudi

United Way of Halton & Hamilton

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, ensures essential programs and services work together to improve lives and build community.

Proposed solution - Mobile Resource and Awareness Center – this center has the ability to visit communities, providing information, awareness and basic services to those in need.

Fellows: Audrey Lajoie, Steven Lapointe, Sophia Polansky, Daria Urakova, Brendan Webb