First Step receives Dunning Foundation grant

Aug. 22, 2018  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News



The First Step office in Plymouth will soon see renovations and upgrades thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation.

The administrative and counseling offices of the organization, which provides support services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, is located on Pinetree Drive in Plymouth.

“Our Plymouth office and parking lot was in need of major safety repairs,” said Lori Kitchen-Buschel, executive director of First Step. “We had a crumbling parking lot, holes in our roof and peeling paint. Frankly, the building was in disrepair with little chance of finding donors to help. The generous donation from the Margaret Dunning Foundation was used to replace our building’s mansard roof and soffits, install a new asphalt parking lot, professionally paint the building’s exterior, install new security doors and replace the aging heating and cooling systems. We also used the funds to dress up the building with vinyl trim around the windows and doors,

“We feel like we were the recipients of a reality show makeover and are thrilled with the results. Our building is safe, beautiful and comfortable with the exterior now matching the spirit of our work and, for that, we are very grateful.”

For more information about First Step, go to or call (734) 722-6800.


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