REACH & Traverse Place Celebrate 40th Anniversary Organization’s First Fundraiser a Success


The Genesee County Youth Corporation, better known as REACH & Traverse Place, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 8 by holding its first ever fundraiser at the Flint Farmers’ Market in Downtown Flint, according to Pete Hutchison, the organization’s Chairman of the Board. About 200 guests attended the fundraiser where a delicious dinner was served.

“The fundraiser went well,” Hutchison says. “Proceeds of the fundraiser goes toward supplying a match for our federal grants and operational costs. “REACH (Runaway Emergency Action Center Hotline) & Traverse Place are the only organizations of their kind in Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer counties. Many youths and their families have benefitted from the services they received and the skills they learned at REACH & Traverse Place.

“Our organization provides a vital 24-hour, seven days a week refuge for children, teens and families in crisis,” Hutchison explains. “We offer human services including shelter, safety, and counseling to immediately help those in need.”

“The fundraiser brought in $14,500 which will go towards match for our federal grants,” says Hutchison.  “Without local funding we couldn’t provide services to young people including shelter for 12-17 year-olds, transitional living for 17-21 year-olds, free family counseling and street outreach.  People can help us with this endeavor by calling  (810) 233-8700 to make a donation.  The Board and staff of the Genesee County Youth Corporation are proud to have been able to provide these unique services to the young people of Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties on a 24 hour per day, seven days a week basis for the last 40 years.”

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