The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) in Southwest Detroit provides a community gathering space for residents to develop new talents, learn new skills and access essential services.
Located at the Mexicantown Mercado, the center brings more than 10 nonprofit partners together under one roof to offer critical services and programs, such as a Gleaners client choice food hub, legal assistance, income tax preparation, education and job initiatives, as well as cultural activities for individuals and families in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Since it opened in 2013, FREC Southwest has assisted more than 100,000 local residents, distributed more than 2.7 million pounds of food and helped complete over 11,000 tax returns. In total, the facility has returned $3 in services to the community for every $1 invested by Ford and the nonprofits.
FREC Southwest was the first in a $15 million global network of community centers Ford Fund operates to help carry out its mission of strengthening communities and making people’s lives better. In addition to FREC Southwest, Ford Fund has community centers on the east side of Detroit; in Pretoria, South Africa; Craiova, Romania; and Bangkok, Thailand.
2826 Bagley St.
Detroit, MI 48216
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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FREC Detroit - Southwest Partners
For questions regarding services and to find the most up-to-date program information, please contact our FREC nonprofit partners directly by clicking on their logo below.