Helping People…
One Family at a Time

Family2Family is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as an emergency relief clothing bank and conduit of goods and referral services (e.g. emergency housing, health counseling, clothing, and food) between local agencies and families in need.

Since 2005, we have continued to provide assistance to those facing harsh situations as a result of natural disaster, fire, domestic violence, sickness, death, unemployment, homelessness, and many other life challenges.

Family2Family has helped individuals and families overcome barriers by freely offering various types of supportive services from basic food and clothing to housing and educational support.

Family2Family Provides H.E.L.P.

Healing – Trained, compassionate volunteers assist our guests with obtaining emergency items on site for immediate relief.

Empowerment – Basic goods and access to services allowing those we help to move forward in the midst of a crisis.

Life Skills – Our extensive list of partners who offer training, tutoring, credit repair, and nutrition can offer sound direction and support while transitioning into stability and remaining on the right track for success.

Planning – Family2Family pairs qualified families and individuals with certified counselors and trained life coaches to support our clients with a plan of action and accountability in meeting their set goals.

We Are What Our Name Implies

Family2Family is a grassroots, community-based organization started by a few family members to help families in need throughout Michigan.  Whether you are in need or have a need to help others, Family2Family is here to H.E.L.P. (Heal, Empower & Learn to Prosper)

What can you do to help?

  • SHARE: Refer families, and other nonprofits or community agencies
  • DONATE: Currently accepting – Monetary gifts, auction items, new undergarments, toiletries, canned goods and business attire for men and women
  • SUPPORT: Volunteer time – Coats & Cans Drive, Project Christmas Angel, attend events supporting Family2Family

Upcoming Events

Detroit Has Heart (Annual Fundraiser) – Click for more info

Meet Our Leaders



Charese Sailor

Mary Jo Sanders

Don Tocco

Larry Givens


Lisa Givens-Cole

Angela Ashley

Art Ledlie

Shari Ledlie

Jaquline Barney


K. Scott Conover
Ambassador to Meals on the Field Initiative

Our Mission

As a facilitator of goods and services including food, shoes, clothes, bedding and educational support, Family2Family offers emergency relief to those in crisis.  Our primary goal is to ensure families, at-risk students, and aging-out foster children have direct access to our storehouse of daily essentials and channel of partners to provide immediate relief and support for restoration.

Our Vision

The Family2Family Foundation participants can realize life goals through the removal of obstacles keeping them from leading happy and productive lives.

Our History

Family2Family of SE Michigan evolved from the passion of sisters Charese Sailor and Mary Jo Sanders, who were moved to help fill the needs of displaced families after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.   It was the community’s willingness to give and their own compassion for championing the needs of those in crisis, that progressed this labor of love into a 501(c)3 organization in 2005.

Charese and Mary Jo, daughters of NFL legend Charlie Sanders, quickly teamed up with local businesses, agencies, neighbors, and friends, to use their resources and relationships to fill a 60,000 SQ FT donated facility for helping those in crisis.  Soon the community and media began to spread the word causing donations of canned goods, clothes, shoes, medical equipment, and toiletries to fill “The Family Life Center”, with still more room for life skills training.

It has been through the donations of time and talent from countless dedicated volunteers that have enabled Family2Family to assist nearly 3,000 individuals for over a decade, and remain as a community and agency go-to for those in need.


Emergency Relief

In times of natural disaster or escaping threatening situations Family2Family offers access to clothing, canned goods, and household items including appliances and furniture when available. These timely provisions encourage forward motion in continuation or pursuit of productive lives.

Referral Services

Family2Family serves as a conduit connecting families in need with services provided by area community and governmental agencies.  Since 2005 we have used this bridge to assist hundreds of Metro-Detroit families in need.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals, families, schools and corporations contact us to sign up for volunteer and community service hours.

We Hope You’ll Call Us Today!