Meet Carol Daniels

As you may know, each month, our Food Program provides more than 13 million meals to 41,000 seniors who live on less than $16,000 per year. Gifts from generous donors have helped ensure the more than 40 year legacy of this vital resource for low-income seniors in metro Detroit.  Seniors like Carol Daniels.Carol Daniels grew up 60 years ago in the shadow of the wall at Eight Mile and Birwood that separated blacks from whites in northwest Detroit.  The image still haunts her.

“I remember as a young black girl being told you can’t go behind that wall.”

After raising her sons as a single mother, she enrolled at Wayne State University in her 50’s to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  Then, at the age of 65 she earned a master’s degree in education.

After the effects of glaucoma took her eyesight in her 70’s, Mrs. Daniels struggled with maintaining her independence. Then her sister told her about the Focus: HOPE Food Program.

“The whole program to me is beneficial – from the healthy foods, to the respectful volunteers, to Mr. Frank, the Program Director, who calls me to let me know when the food will be delivered and by whom.”

The Focus: HOPE Food Program provided more than 496,000 boxes of foods to seniors throughout the metro Detroit area last year.

“After being taught as a child to be self-sufficient, it hurt to be in a place of needing from others. I never accepted food stamps.  But this resource helps assure I can make ends meet on my fixed income, with dignity.” said Carol Daniels.

Since 1968, Focus: HOPE has dramatically transformed thousands of lives through its three key areas of focus: food, careers and community.  Continue to support Focus: HOPE by donating today.

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