FLINT, Michigan—The McFarlan Charitable Corporation has given a $100,000 gift to Mott Community College to help transform the former historic Woodside Church into Mott’s new Family Life Center.
The gift will be spread out over two years with $50,000 each year dedicated to support the $8 million project along East Court Street. It adds to the $3 million donation from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as well as funding through the Spina Family Foundation and Mott Community College’s Lenore Croudy Lifetime Friends Campaign.
“We appreciate this generous gift from the McFarlan Charitable Corporation toward our efforts to eliminate the challenges facing many of our students, including access to high quality child care and support services,” MCC President Beverly Walker-Griffea said. “By developing a Family Life Center, we can reduce barriers that prevent our students from completing their education and strengthen our role as a safe haven in the community.”
The project, set for completion in January 2020, will become the new home for Mott’s nationally accredited Early Childhood Learning Center, which also is expanding.
Enrollment will increase from 75 to 125 children and it will expand to serve children from birth to 5 years old. It currently offers services starting at 2.5 years old.
The McFarlan Charitable Corporation gift will support the Mott Eats Food Pantry, one of the core services also being provided at the Family Life Center. As a resource hub, the center will help Mott students, their families, and Early Childhood Learning Center families meet basic needs such as food, housing and transportation.