Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation funds cleanup, healthy activities at recovery home

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to Home of New Vision on July 1, 2018 to improve its New Recovery Residence for those recovering from addiction.

Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation trustees present Jennifer Oprisiu of Home of New Vision with her grant money.

Home of New Vision is an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit that offers a wide array of recovery treatment services and supports tailored to clients’ individual needs. The organization’s evidence-based practices assist individuals to achieve a full life of recovery. Home of New Vision staff are passionate about their mission to help people struggling with substance use disorders find a better way of life.

On June 21st, Home of New Vision celebrated an annual “Day of Action” with a multifaceted project intended to improve the lives of clients living in Home of New Vision’s New Recovery Residence in Ann Arbor. The event was hosted by Home of New Vision’s Sport, Lawn, and Garden Project committee, which aims to provide fun, rewarding, and healthy activities for those in recovery.

United Way members, volunteers, and other community members joined Home of New Vision staff and clients to implement the project. Together they fixed up the New Recovery Residence’s yard, installed a walking path, started a garden, and set up sports, lawn, and gardening activities for the clients. Activities now available to the clients range from playing football to gardening to weightlifting. Awesome Foundation funds were used to purchase mulch for the walking path, garden equipment, a dumpster to haul rubbish from the yard, and a shed to store sport, lawn, and garden equipment.

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is the Ann Arbor chapter of the Boston-based micro-philanthropic organization known as the Awesome Foundation. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of the pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.