(01/16/14) - A Mid-Michigan organization dedicated to children and families was on the receiving end Thursday.
A $15,000 grant was awarded to the Ennis Center for Children. The Flint-based center is a child welfare agency that provides services to abused, neglected and at risk youth.
"We provide foster care services, adoption services, mental health services. We work with kids who have been sexually abused and who have sometimes become abusers themselves," said Robert Ennis, of the Ennis Center For Children.
The grant, from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan, will go toward family visiting room renovations - something that hasn't happened in more than a decade.
"It's going to specifically benefit the families who have to have supervised visits, monitored visits so we can access and evaluate and hopefully get their kids home to them," said Robert Ennis, of the Ennis Center For Children.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan also understands the importance of helping children.
"The need is definitely here. With the number of foster homes and adoption rates of children, this is where it starts," said Sam Cox, of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Ennis Center reaches more than 3,500 children and families in Michigan every year.
Renovation work is expected to start soon.
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