Grant Facilitates Deltas Work

November 14, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Delta Strategy is a recipient of a three-year grant for a total of $286,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The grant will focus on bringing about social changes and implementing work force development structures, which play a part in poverty reduction. The Delta Strategy wants to use a locally incubated work force development model in Grand Rapids and it has chosen The SOURCE, which supports the movement of low-income residents to economic self-sufficiency as its model.

“The SOURCE believes that the efforts of our nine progressive companies along with the resources of the Kent County Family Independence Agency and the supports offered through so many area nonprofits can positively impact both our employees and the neighboring community,” said Andrew Brower, executive director of The SOURCE.

“We are delighted that the Kellogg Foundation believes in this model enough to support its replication.”

A significant aspect of this project will be creating awareness and understanding of the impact of the model. The Delta Strategy will develop a social marketing campaign, particularly targeting the business audience, to highlight the cost-benefit and the social benefit of innovative work force development and retention programs.

“The SOURCE has been an inspiration to nonprofit groups showing that businesses who care for their employees benefit not only the employees, but their profit as well,” said Renita Reed, executive director of Restorers Inc., a local nonprofit collaborative of churches and neighbors. “This opens the door to many partnerships for the betterment of our community, its residents and local business groups.”           

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