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BHPI In The Community

BHPI is committed to giving back to the community we serve. We support a host of organizations and causes on an annual basis, to which we add special events as they arise.  

In 2014, employees at BHPI volunteered a total of 224 hours.  They were able to provide 3,590 meals to Gleaners Food Bank and raised a total of $815 for various local charities.  In 2015, BHPI's staff, under the inspired leadership of the company’s Great Place to Work Committee, volunteered more than 324 hours. The team provided 3,438 meals to Gleaners Food Bank and raised a total of $1,355 for local charities through other fundraising events. 2016 was another excellent year for BHPI's Great Place to Work Committee who organized 212 volunteer hours and provided 3,033 meals for Gleaners Food Bank. BHPI donated a total of $1,275 to local charities. 

Throughout the year, BHPI's staff participated in a number of Casual for a Cause, or dress down days, each employee donating $5 to local area charities in exchange for the ability to wear their jeans to work.  In 2014, these events raised $815 in total, with funds going to Neighborhood Service Organization's Bell Building Birthday Bash, the Michigan Humane Society, and Gleaners Food Bank. In 2015, Casual for a Cause days generated $1,355. These funds benefited the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Neighborhood Service Organization's Bell Building Birthday Bash, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and Gleaners Food Bank. In 2016 BHPI raised $1,275 in total, with funds going to the Neighborhood Service Organization's Bell Building Birthday Bash, Gardens at Drew Transition Center, the Walk to Defeat ALS, Gleaners Food Bank, and our Annual Adopt-a-Child program.  The 2017 campaign raised $1,860 in total, with funds going to the Neighborhood Service Organization's Bell Building Birthday Bash, The Children's Center Art Adventure Night, Gleaners Food Bank, and our Annual Adopt-a-Child program. 

Adopt-a-Child


During the holiday season, the BHPI Holiday Adopt-a-Child Toy and Clothing Drive fulfills the holiday wishes of children who are serviced by the providers in our networks. BHPI staff make direct donations or donate through Casual for a Cause days to fund support this effort. Community partners also support the program through direct donations. In 2014 we adopted over 50 children and in 2015 the total was more than 100. In 2016, the program provides 120 children with gifts for the holidays. BHPI's 2017 Adopt-a-Child program saw an increase of recipients and we provided holiday gifts for 140 children. 

 

Detroit Police Department’s 5th Annual Warm Coat Drive

On October 28, 2017, BHPI concluded a donation drop-off drive in support of the Detroit Police Department’s Bridging the Gap Initiative in their 5th Annual Warm Coat Drive. BHPI staff collected coats and other winter apparel to be distributed to individuals in need, by the Detroit Police Department. BHPI donated dozens of new coats to the drive. 

Gleaners Community Food Bank

In 2011 BHPI began an annual food drive benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank. In the years since then, BHPI staff has donated more than 10,000 meals to hungry men, women, and children in the area. BHPI's staff also sorts and packs food items at Gleaners Detroit Distribution Center. Staff, friends, and family look forward to this event every year. 2016 represented BHPI’s 3rd year of participating in the Summer Food Fight and volunteering at the distribution center. Our effort in the food fight provided 3,033 meals for those in need on our community. Continuing the tradition of supporting Gleaners through volunteering, on Saturday September 17, 2016, 32 volunteers spent an afternoon in the warehouse sorting vegetables for distribution. BHPI also won first place for the second year in a row in the Summer Food Fight's Facebook photo challenge. 

In March 2017 BHPI again participated in a staff volunteer day processing 6,379 pounds of food. Additionally, BHPI also took part in the summer food fight. We raised food & Funds for a week competing internally and took first place in our category for the food fight with a total of 9,278 meals for hungry people in our community. As a team, we take great pride in our annual participation and are proud to partner with Gleaners, an organization that does so much good IN Southeast Michigan. 

 

About Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, fights hunger in southeastern Michigan. In collaboration with member agencies, the Feeding America network, and program partners, they provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing nutritional, high quality food. Through education and advocacy, they reduce reliance on the emergency food system. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency while nourishing, sustaining and advancing hope in the community. For additional information, please click here.


Neighborhood Service Organization

This year the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Bell Building October Birthday Bash took place on Friday, October 21, 2016. Volunteers served burritos and set up games for residents of the Bell Building to participate in. Volunteer groups host monthly birthday celebrations for residents, and October was BHPI’s month. The Bell Building provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless adults along with the support to help them stabilize and turn their lives around. At the time that BHPI hosted the Birthday Bash, there were over 150 formerly homeless adults living in the Bell Building.  22 volunteers from BHPI hosted the bash, dressing up in costumes and providing refreshments and activities for about 40 of the residents.


About NSO Bell Building

NSO is Neighborhood Service Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit human services agency serving the most vulnerable citizens in the community. NSO has been supporting the community for 60 years with location-based services that focus on outreach, traveling into the community, and reaching people in need wherever they are.  Services are also offered statewide through help lines and a network of professionals. For more information, please click here.


Annual Beautification Day in Southwest Detroit 

Each spring, for the last 10 years, BHPI has joined Southwest Solutions in Detroit for their Neighborhood Beautification Day. Volunteers work in teams to create and clean up gardens, plant flowers,  spruce up parks and lots, and enhance the look of selected locations in Southwest Detroit. BHPI was a proud sponsor of the 11th Annual Neighborhood Beautification Day. Volunteer participation on Saturday, June 10th included BHPI staff and their guests.



About Southwest Solutions

Founded in 1970, Southwest Solutions began as a mental health agency. In the wake deinstitutionalization, Southwest’s mission was to help the mentally ill live in the community by providing psychiatric counseling and medication. John Van Camp, head of the organization, advocated expanding the vision of Southwest Solutions. He believed that reintegrating the mentally ill and homeless into the community also required providing decent, affordable housing and support services, and actively participating in neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Programs at Southwest Solutions help those at the margins of society turn the page and write new chapters of resilience and purpose. For additional information, please click here.

The Children's Center Art Adventure Night

On Valentine’s Day, BHPI Volunteers joined The Children’s Center for a Family Art Adventure. The Children’s Center uses art as a fun, non-threatening way of exploring social interactions and life experiences. BHPI brought activities designed to provide art education and appreciation in a safe environment, allowing children to express themselves and build self-confidence. Pizza and gift bags were provided for all attendees.

 


About The Children's Center

The Children’s Center is home to many specialized clinical services. They lead the way in working with children who struggle with behavioral, emotional, educational, intellectual and developmental challenges or may have experienced trauma. At The Children's Center they treat the whole child, looking at more than a single issue so we can provide the best, most comprehensive integrated care. We examine barriers in the home, school and community, working with the family who raises them and the organizations that support them. For additional information, please click here. 

BHPI’s GreenTeam

Another way BHPI shows our commitment to the community it through sustainability. In 2016, BHPI made Provider and New Hire Orientation processes digital. While we have not completely eliminated paper from these processes, we have made great strides in that direction.  Our GreenTeam is made up of volunteers who see that all cardboard, as well as plastic, aluminum,  and glass waste produced within our organization get recycled. BHPI shreds and recycles all confidential documents and the total number of trees saved through this process in 2016 was more than 200!