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Southwest Detroit Community: Our Next Chapter Together

The Southwest Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) was the first in a global network of community centers Ford Fund operates to help carry out its mission of partnering with communities to move people forward and upward.

The FREC has been a central community hub in the neighborhood for more than a decade, bringing nonprofit partners together under one roof to offer critical services and programs to residents, including a client choice food pantry, legal assistance, income tax preparation, education and job initiatives, as well as cultural celebrations and wellness activities.

After more than a decade of serving Southwest Detroit, the FREC is transitioning to expand our reach in the community. We are grateful for the wonderful memories we’ve shared at the Mexicantown Mercado and appreciate the support of all our friends and neighbors over the years.

As of March 15, 2024, FREC Southwest operations and services will no longer be offered at the Mexicantown Mercado located at 2826 Bagley St. Detroit, MI 48216. Services will transition to a new model with multiple in-person access points across Southwest.

Ford Fund remains committed to our neighbors and will continue supporting our nonprofit partners in Southwest.

Gleaners: Food Distribution

Gleaners will host mobile food distributions conveniently located across Southwest Detroit. For dates and times of food distributions near you, visit

Accounting Aid: Tax and Accounting

Scheduled appointments will continue at FREC SW through March 9. After March 9, appointments can be scheduled at our new location:

  • La SED Senior and Youth Center - 7150 Vernor Hwy, Detroit MI 48209

SER Metro

Job Placement and Skills Training Services are available the following locations:

  • Main Facility – 9301 Michigan Ave., Detroit
  • Youth Workforce Center – 9215 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210
  • Samaritan Center – 5555 Conner, Detroit, MI 48213
  • Annex Office – 9215 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210

Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center

Immigration and Legal Clients will now be seen at the following locations:

  • FREC East Legal Clinic, 15491 Maddelein St., Detroit
    • Noon - 5 p.m., Thursdays
  • Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction, Detroit, MI 48209
  • LA SED, 4138 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
  • La Casa Guadalupana, 4330 Central St., Detroit, MI 48210

To schedule an appointment call: 313-288-9904

LA SED: Youth and Education

Events and programs will now be held at LA SED

Need more help?

You can get additional services and resources like accessing medical care, obtaining healthy food, transportation assistance and dealing with emergencies by calling 211.


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