Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country - including yours.
The Christmas Program is the ONB’s longest running and highest impact program serving Genesee County’s at-risk children from newborn through age 18. It provides them with a sweat suit, two pair of socks and underwear, a knit cap and pair of Thinsulate™ gloves, a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss, and an age appropriate toy or game. All products are new and none have any indication of coming from the Old Newsboys—so the child need never know the gifts weren’t from Santa. The items go home with mom and dad in a sturdy cardboard box that can be wrapped separately for gift giving. Since 1924, children suffering in chronic poverty or who are devastated by the effects of special circumstances like homelessness or sudden job loss can count on the Old Newsboys. In fact, more than 806,000 children have counted on us so far.
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) was founded in 2005 by Patrick McNeal as a shelter for homeless men in the city. The shelter began as a warming center for people who needed a place to retreat from the cold weather. In its first winter, MBK served 480 people the first winter it opened as a warming center and food pantry.
In 2007, MBK changed to a 25 bed men facility for emergency shelter for up to 60 days. Today, MBK has grown into a 30 bed emergency shelter and a 19 bed Veteran contract for Ann Arbor and Saginaw Health System.