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Foundations Award Grant to LACASA

Happy friendsThe Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund recently awarded LACASA Center a $50,000 grant, which will be utilized for the nonprofit to become a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center.

The DADA grant is awarded through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which partners with the group to select nonprofit agencies for grant funding.

“We are excited that our organization was chosen to receive this grant,” said Bobette Schrandt, president and CEO of LACASA Center.

“The funds awarded by DADA and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan are much-needed and will go a long way to help victims and survivors of child abuse from our community,” Schrandt said.

LACASA will utilize the grant to maintain critical programs for abused children while pursuing national accreditation as a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), said Schrandt.

The CAC model coordinates professionals from a variety of areas, including medical, mental health, law enforcement, criminal justice, and child protective services. Working with Master’s level social workers from LACASA, the new CAC team will ensure that child abuse victims are safeguarded throughout the investigative process.

As a Child Advocacy Center, LACASA will broaden its services for children who are victims of sexual abuse. The CAC distinction will allow LACASA’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) to be specially trained in conducting forensic examinations for children.

Currently, minor victims of sexual assault and their families must travel outside Livingston County to receive treatment and medical exams. LACASA’s present accreditation is limited to treating sexual assault victims who are age 12 and older.

“We have a state-of-the-art Sexual Assault Response Center at LACASA,” Schrandt said. “Gaining the CAC status will enable us to fully utilize our forensic capabilities for young children. This service will provide families with peace of mind, knowing that they can receive help close to home during a very vulnerable time.” 

“All of LACASA’s programs for victims of child abuse and neglect are provided at no charge,” said Schrandt. “This is made possible through individual donations from members of the community and grants from groups like DADA and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.”

About DADA

DADA logoThe DADA Charitable Foundation Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 1998 by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA), a trade association representing hundreds of automobile dealers and dealerships in metropolitan Detroit.  

DADA provides support to nonprofit organizations in the seven-county southeast Michigan region, with a primary focus on charitable organizations and activities that assist children and youth. The fund is supported by proceeds from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Charity Preview.

Millions of dollars in support is provided to metro Detroit children’s charities through the Charity Preview. The DADA Charitable Fund provides an additional way for individual DADA members to give back to their community.

About the Community Foundation

Community Foundation LOGOThe Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, founded in 1984, is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs.

Governed by a board of community leaders, the Community Foundation makes grants to outstanding charitable projects in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties.

Since its inception, this full-service philanthropic organization has distributed more than $657 million through more than 49,000 grants to nonprofit organizations. 


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