Matrix Human Services offers a wide range of programs devoted to providing wrap-around services that support and uplift the quality of life for our clients of all ages. Matrix programs directly impact more than 20,000 children, teens, adults and seniors every year.
Here are some exciting ways you can directly make an impact!
CHILDREN & TEENS
can provide backpacks, gloves, coats and hats for middle and high school age children enrolled in our youth programs
can fund gift cards rewards for at-risk teens to recognize their achievements and accomplishments. Rewards range from $5 to $25 and are given for progress on individual life, educational and social goals including: Student of the month, Participant of the week, Most improved behavior, etc…
$2,000 to $5,000
can help to outfit a game room for our youth program participants. Needs include four (4) Xbox gaming systems, Xbox controllers and Three (3) 55” TVs
can help fund the purchase of 10 Chromebooks to assist children involved in our Teen Literacy Program
OLDER ADULT / SENIOR SERVICES
$2,500 to $5,000
can help supplement funding for our Senior Room at The Matrix Center which provides comprehensive programs to positively impact and improve the daily lives of our local seniors.
The Senior Center is open 3 days a week for 4 hours of programming. Your support will help to provide Field trip opportunities, Social activities and Educational/Health seminars all aimed at providing our older population social and wellness activities to improve their quality of life.
$1 to $3,000
per month can help to supplement our senior transportation services that provide older adults access to non-emergency medical appointments, Meals on Wheels services and transportation to participate in everything our Senior Programs offer!
The Matrix Center is our thriving 60,000 square foot community center, located in Detroit’s east-side Osborn neighborhood, where we provide a safe-space for people of all ages to obtain needed services and resources to enhance their quality of life.
can help fund new basketball pads for our gym where we offer extensive basketball programs for children, teens and young adults – helping to keep our community engaged in positive activities and off the streets.
can supplement our community center’s building maintenance fund including $800 to re-stripe our parking lot, $8,000 to help fund new fixtures, paint and other needed building materials and $10,000 for a much needed downstairs bathroom rehab.
The Matrix Development team is actively working to develop a Building Trades Dinner and tour to show more contractors what potential the Matrix Center has!
INFANTS, TODDLERS & EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
can provide our Head Start and Early Head Start division with 24 food scales and help supplement our snack budget to provide our 1,900+ infants and young children with snacks that are healthier than the funded Federal minimum guidelines.
sponsorships are available for our Head Start Health Fair which hosts more than 1,000 uninsured Head Start families. Your sponsorship will help to offset event costs including food and printing costs.
$3,000 to $5,000
can help to fund our annual (May) Teacher Recognition event which hosts 300 of our Matrix Head Start teachers to recognize and thank them for their dedication to our children. Your support will help to provide food, event space and more for this important event.
is needed for our Head Start school supply fund. Funds are used to purchase needed items including glue, play sand and age appropriate toys and games for our 24 Matrix Head Start centers, book bags for 650 children transitioning to kindergarten and our annual lunch-and-learn event where we meet with 50-60 elementary principals to discuss bullying, bussing and other issues that will impact our Head Start families aging out of our program.
in additional funding is needed for our Matrix Head Start Fatherhood Initiative which aims to promote and enhance the relationship between our Head Start children and their father or father figure. Needed funding includes: Daddy-Daughter Dance $1,500, Employment Fair $2,000 and Parent Policy Council event $2,000.
is needed to supplement our Crisis to Work fund. This fund helps our Head Start families avoid crisis situations including water and heat utility shut-off, Epi-pen co-pay ($200 per pen!), Winter wear (including, coats, hats, gloves and boots), Transportation assistance (bus tickets can be crucial for families transporting their children to our Head start classes), funds to help outfit a parent with new employment like construction or other outside jobs, and much more. Our Crisis to Work fund works to provide a safety-net for our families on their path to a better life!
can help to supplement our Child Resource Fund which helps purchase basic necessities to our Head Start children/families. 1/3 of our 1,900 Head Start children/families do not have regular access to basic items including socks, underwear, winter wear, diapers, deodorant, toilet paper and first aid kits. Current low-income/poverty programs do not provide funding for non-food items, not even diapers!
is needed to support our Disability Fund for Inclusion which focuses on providing our Head Start families with disabled children, children with mental health needs and children who present “challenging behavior” (200 families) with Trauma Informed Care services including comprehensive training for parents and teachers. Funds are also used to purchase items specifically needed to care for these children including dolls, flashcards, chewelry, sensory toys, and cozy corner items like weighted blankets, vibrating pillows and more. Your support will directly impact hundreds of children and families with special needs.
$3,000 to $5,000
can help to supplement our Transitions to Kindergarten fund which helps to supply more than 650 pre-k children with the books, backpacks and school supplies they need to embark on their elementary school education after transitioning out of our Head Start program!