Genesee County non-profit raising money to continue mission of helping families in need

Community members gather to raise money for the Helping Individuals Succeed ministry on Bristol Road in Flint. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Helping Individuals Succeed ministry provides foot and clothing for 1,500 people a year from their location on Bristol Road in Flint.

Community members gathered to raise money for the pantry and a special dinner Thursday night.

The group gives away food every Tuesday throughout the year. Helping Individuals Succeed Director Pam Jeffery says more and more people are coming through their doors looking for help every year.

“You can’t tell by looking at someone that they need help. It could be your neighbor, or your coworker. This past year we gave out over 200,000 pounds of food, and we provide any help we can when someone needs it,” Jeffery says.

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley was one of the guest speakers during the event.

He says non-profit groups are vital to help people where state aid leaves off.

“There’s no substitute for community members that really take ownership, and heart, to care for the people around them. That’s what I love about what is happening here,” Calley says.

Calley also took the crowd a little off guard when he decided to take the microphone, and head over to the piano to do this:

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