Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LACASA-Compassion. Courage. Hope.


One of the local organizations we support, as I am sure you know if you follow Brighton Ford on FB and social media is LACASA- located in Howell on Grand River between Vg's at Tomato Brothers but on the south side of the road. 2895 W. Grand River Ave. 

They are Celebrating their 35th Anniversary in 2016! What does LACASA do for our community? Who do they help? Is it just for battered women? Is it a safe house? We can tell you, it is so much more!

LACASA's MISSION: We support and advocate for survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. We provide prevention, education and awareness to strengthen families and make our community safer.

LACASA Center provides comprehensive services for victims and survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. Over 25 programs are offered.

LACASA provides a safety net of support- You will receive immediate help, hope and critical resources when you connect with us. A few of the service include 24/7 toll-free Help Line, Crisis Shelter, Safe Pet Place, New Transitions housing program, Counseling Center, Support Groups, Legal Advocacy Program

If you–or someone you know–is living in a violent household or abusive relationship, If child abuse is suspected please call our Crisis Line. Advocates are available 24/7 and will offer insights and solutions.

What is a Within These Walls Tour?

Please come and bring a friend to a Within These Walls Tour in 2016. The free monthly events are an amazing use of 1 hour. You will hear stories of inspiration and learn how LACASA helps victims from our community. Learning the history, local statistics and touring the building will have an impact on you-I promise. 

  • Wednesday, January 20th at 6 pm
  • Thursday, February 18th at 6 pm
  • Thursday, March 24th at 6 pm
  • Saturday, April 23rd at 10 am
  • Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm
  • Thursday, June 16th at 6 pm
  • Wednesday, July 20th at 6 pm
  • Thursday, August 18th at 6 pm
  • Wednesday, September 21st at 6 pm
  • Thursday, October 20th at 6 pm
  • Wednesday, November 16th at 6 pm 
Additional tours can be scheduled on a special date that works best for your group, book club, church group or civic organization. RSVP REQUIRED -Space is limited! 
For more information contact Deanna Norris at 517-548-1350 or email:

Please visit for detailed information, volunteer opportunities and to learn more about what LACASA does for our community. 

What is a ....35th Anniversary Giving Challenge #
 Your Donation is Tripled   #$1 = $3 
A generous anonymous donor is helping LACASA launch their 35th anniversary celebration by matching every dollar you donate in 2015 with two additional dollars. That means your donation will have triple the impact for victims and survivors from our community.

See LACASA's  Annual Appeal Message 

from Mike Murphy, LACASA Chair

Dear Friend of LACASA,
This has been an amazing year with many wonderful things happening thanks to the support we’ve received from generous friends and community partners like you. We launched a new College Safe seminar for high school seniors preparing to leave home for the first time. We created a Call Us First campaign to encourage sexual assault victims to reach out for help. We welcomed a unique new staff member. These are just a few of the ways we have put your contributions to work to prevent interpersonal violence and empower survivors.
Only with your help can LACASA continue to provide critical services at no cost to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Now, as we near 2016 and prepare to celebrate 35 years of serving Livingston County families in need, I am excited to invite you to participate in an incredible Anniversary Challenge.
A generous LACASA donor will match every single dollar you donate with two additional dollars which will triple the impact of your contribution this year.  
I’ll tell you more about the challenge in a moment. First, I’d like to share with you a quick story about our new canine staff member and the difference she is making in victims’ lives.
  LACASA 35th Anniversary Challenge
                 As I mentioned earlier, a generous LACASA donor has offered to triple the impact of every dollar we receive. We must raise $35,000. When we reach that goal, our donor will contribute an additional $70,000 for a total of $105,000.
My personal challenge to you: Help LACASA raise $35,000 for 35 years of service!
 Where will my money go?
LACASA is an independent non-profit agency. We rely on fundraising events and private donations to provide crucial programs and services that are not funded by grants.
Donating to LACASA means 100% of your contribution stays local. I shared information with you about some of the important new programs made possible by past support from our friends in the community. In addition to sustaining those programs, dollars you donate this year will ensure the continuation of these vital programs:
  • CARE (Child Abuse Response Effort) Project. This program assures abused children are interviewed only once during the investigative process, while members of law enforcement, legal and social service agencies observe from behind a one-way mirror. Your dollars enable us to reduce trauma to victimized children.
  • Support for Domestic Violence Victims and their Children. Your contribution will help clothe and feed victims who are forced to flee from their homes to the safety of our shelter with few personal belongings.
  • Sexual Assault Response Center. LACASA provides a private setting for victims to be seen by nurses specially trained to examine adult and child victims. Our nurses are on-call 24/7.
  • Parent Education & Prevention Programs. LACASA educators teach parents, school personnel, child care providers and other professionals to prevent child abuse and teach adolescents about healthy relationships.
Please help today
Your generosity provides victims with immediate support in times of crisis. It helps victims become survivors. It gives parents and child caregivers the tools they need to raise children who are happy, healthy and whole. Your generosity creates a stronger, safer community for all of us.
Please give to LACASA today, and know that every dollar you donate will have triple the impact!
Warm thanks,
Mike Murphy
LACASA Board of Directors Chair, Livingston County Undersheriff

We are so proud to support LACASA for all they do for our community.  Our Community Relations Director, Karen Swieczkowski is also on the Board of Directors at LACASA. If you have any questions, please reach out and contact her. 
email: or 810-227-1171 x4431

Brighton Ford is located at 8240 Grand River Ave. just north of I-96 in Brighton. We are a family owned and operated business that strives for customer satisfaction. For more information on Brighton Ford visit or give us a call at (800) 836-8206. Follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Salvation Army of Livingston County and Brighton Ford

We are pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for this year’s Red Tie Gala Event at Mt. Brighton on November 7th, 2015.  If you have not reserved your tickets, there is still time.  
Please help kick off the Christmas season by supporting The Salvation Army's Red Tie Gala Saturday, November 7th 6pm-10pm at Mt. Brighton- Cruise around the world while enjoying food and entertainment from India, Scotland, South Africa and more! 
To Purchase Your Tickets: Text 2015gala to 41444 or
Only $50 per person, $90 per couple or $270 per reserved table of 6. Includes dinner, dancing and entertainment! Questions, More Information: Contact April or 517-546-4750 ext 344

From season to season Brighton Ford is proud to support The Salvation Army of Livingston County in many ways. Some are in the cold and some are when its warm. We enjoy "Fill a Ford" Food Drives, Bell Ringing, Volunteering for the Toy Shop before Christmas, "Clays For A Cause"-Clay Shoot, The Golf Outing, Summer Lunch Bunch (A summer feeding program where 24,385 meals were served this summer), Selling shields for The Red Kettle Christmas in July Campaign in our service department, Brighton Ford is a drop off location for "Coats for Kids", and new for us this year-The Red Tie Gala. Our support and your support is what allows assistance for so many local families in need.  Please check out The Salvation Army of Livingston County- on Lake St. in Howell, MI.  It’s the Church and Services Office.

Holiday Giving Opportunities with the Salvation Army of Livingston County
The Salvation Army of Livingston County is looking for individuals and groups to help provide HOPE and JOY to almost 900 families this holiday season. Together we can ensure families are not faced with the hard choices of paying a bill or providing Christmas for their children. With friends like you, The Salvation Army of Livingston County can provide resources that restore HOPE and JOY to the holidays. PLEASE CONSIDER ONE OF THE MANY GIVING OPPORTUNITIES THAT GO ALONG WAY IN MAKING CHRISTMAS POSSIBLE FOR SO MANY LIVINGSTON COUNTY RESIDENTS. Monetary Donations, Fill-A-Stocking, Angel Tree tags, Adopt-A-Family, Coats for Kids, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Bell Ringing, and Volunteering are all ways you can help this year. We hope you choose one or more! See you at the Gala!

We have tons of new and used vehicles for you to check out, or even take them out for a test drive. Brighton Ford is located at 8240 Grand River Ave. just north of I-96 in Brighton. We are a family owned and operated business that strives for customer satisfaction. For more information on Brighton Ford visit or give us a call at (800) 836-8206. Follow us on: FacebookTwitterPinterest, Instagram 
For more information on community events and how to get involved call our Community Relations Director, Karen Swieczkowski at 810-227-1171 x4431 or email at

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