10th Annual Breakfast of Champions

Thank you to the over 100 attendees who attended our 10th Annual Breakfast of Champions!

We had the privilege of gathering for the 2024 Breakfast of Champions to celebrate the remarkable individuals and organizations whose tireless efforts and unwavering dedication have made a profound impact on our community.

These champions have exemplified the true spirit of service, advocacy, and commitment to ending homelessness.

As we honor these exceptional champions, we are reminded of the power of collective action and the profound difference that dedicated individuals and organizations can make. Their achievements inspire us all to continue striving for a world where everyone has a safe and stable place to call home.

Congratulations to our 2024 Breakfast of Champions honorees! Your contributions are invaluable, and your impact is immeasurable. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to ending homelessness.

Community Champion: Tasha Gray, Homeless Action Network Detroit (HAND)

Tasha Gray, the driving force behind the Homeless Action Network Detroit (HAND), has been a beacon of hope for countless individuals experiencing homelessness in our city. Her leadership and innovative approaches have not only provided immediate relief but have also paved the way for sustainable solutions. Tasha’s dedication to fostering partnerships and community engagement has significantly enhanced the resources available to those in need. Her vision and relentless pursuit of a more equitable future for all make her a true community champion.

 

Advocacy Champion: Elizabeth Kelly, Hope Shelters

Elizabeth Kelly’s advocacy work with Hope Shelters has transformed the landscape of
homelessness support in the Pontiac region. Her passion for social justice and her ability to mobilize support have led to critical policy changes and increased funding for homeless services.  Elizabeth’s advocacy extends beyond the local level, influencing state and national conversations about homelessness. Her efforts have brought about meaningful change, ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable are heard and their needs are met.

 

Data Champion: Matthew Tommelein, Community and Home Supports, Inc.

Matthew Tommelein’s expertise in data management has been instrumental in shaping effective homelessness interventions. Through his work with Community and Home Supports, Inc., Matthew has developed innovative data-driven strategies that have improved service delivery and resource allocation. His commitment to using data to drive decision-making has enhanced the overall efficiency and effectiveness of homelessness programs. Matthew’s contributions ensure that every effort is informed, targeted, and impactful.

 

Homelessness Awareness Month Champion: Clinton County Housing & Homeless Coalition

Clinton County Housing & Homeless Coalition is a community collaboration made up of many community agencies, businesses and individuals preventing and ending homelessness in Clinton
County, Michigan. Hannah Gottschalk, Coalition Chair, and Kaiysha Johnson, Co-Chair, accepted the award for their innovative and impactful Homelessness Awareness Month activities.

Volunteer Champion: Cara Snyder, Lenawee CoC

Cara Snyder’s volunteerism with Lenawee CoC is a testament to the power of grassroots action.  Her hands-on approach and unwavering dedication have made a significant difference in the lives of many. Cara’s work encompasses everything from organizing community events to
providing direct support to individuals experiencing homelessness. Her selfless service and compassionate heart inspire those around her, proving that one person can indeed make a substantial impact.

Guests!

Champions

Action Shots!

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsor for the event. Your support is invaluable in our mission to empower communities and end homelessness. We are grateful for your generosity and dedication to making a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

 

 

 

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2023 Breakfast of Champtions

Congratulations To Our 2023 Champions

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Community Champion

Amy Brown

Executive Director of the Central Community Development Corporation

The Noah Project

 

Advocacy Champion

Genessa Doolittle

Oakland County Health Division

 

Volunteer Champion

Amanda Hart, Executive Director

The Giving Barn

 

Data Champion

Jean Griggs

Wayne Co. Neighborhood Legal Services

 

Homeless Awareness Month

Ryan Hannon

Goodwill Northern Michigan

Congratulations To Our 2022 Champions

Homeless Awareness Month:
NEMSCA Homeless & Prevention Team

Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s Homeless & Prevention team took a different approach to homeless awareness month for 2021. They organized, hosted, and participated in a homeless sleepout. They collected monetary donations for their program along with items that could be directly utilized for move-in supplies for newly housed participants in the areas that they serve. Throughout the evening they spoke with homeless individuals and aided local community members raising awareness of what rural homelessness in NE Michigan is and the barriers that individuals and families are faced with while being homeless.

 

Legislative Action Committee: Laurel Burchfield

Laurel has exemplified the work done through, and on behalf of, MCAH’s Legislative Action Committee. Her leadership was instrumental in the creation of the LAC and its operation from its inception until her departure from her position. Within her focus of public policy, Laurel strived to advance the work of the committee, especially relating to its policy priorities of: Increasing Access to Affordable Housing; Decreasing Barriers for Persons Enduring Homelessness; and Reducing Racial Bias & Inequities.

 

Public Policy: Sen. Jeff Irwin

Senator Irwin has spent his entire political career working to increase affordable housing options, implement criminal justice reform, decrease poverty, and ultimately work to improve the conditions of those who are lowest-income and most vulnerable in communities across the state of Michigan. Specifically, he sponsored Senate Bills 254 and 255, Source of Income – Though some local municipalities have source of income protections within their non-discrimination ordinance, because the state of Michigan does not have a nondiscrimination law for a renter’s source of income, landlords across the state are able to reject potential tenants based on how they plan to pay for rent.

 

Community Service : Dawn Kajdas,
Capital Area Community Services

Dawn is the Housing Specialist for Capital Area Community Services in Clinton County. Dawn has served her community for 22 years, helping hundreds of individuals and families secure housing through the Rapid Rehousing program. Dawn works tirelessly for those in need of housing and because of that many have either avoided homelessness or experienced only a brief period of homelessness. Dawn has developed an excellent relationship with local landlords so when she recommends someone for a housing unit, they respect her judgment and respond positively.

 

Volunteer: Julia Anne Miller & Martin Mashon
Punks with Lunch

Punks With Lunch conducts organized outreach activities every other Saturday at Reutter Park and the Greater Downtown Lansing area. They provide Harm Reduction – safe use and other supplies (e.g. Narcan, food & water, winter wear, personal hygiene healthcare and wellness products, tents and sleeping bags, and much more) to those in need.

 

Data: Jeremy Weinrick

Jeremy has been a champion of data for many years and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. In the ever-changing world of HMIS performance standards and system improvement Jeremy has been a leader in his community. His understanding of the importance of data quality and innovative use of that data has given him the tools to improve and streamline service delivery in Region 8. State partners have recognized his commitment to reliably produce quality reports and commend him for his efforts.

 

 

Congratulations To All Our Champions

Community Champions

Public Policy Champions

Volunteer Champions

Legislative Action Champions