Angelos Gift's mission is to bring comfort and support to Lansing area families that are experiencing trauma, violence, and/or loss. We aim to pick up where other resources leave off, and fill gaps that will support you and your family through a difficult time.
As soon as someone reaches out or we get a warm referral and/or lead to the family we provide comfort and support from a distance.
This can be prepared dinner delivery, hospital food vouchers, care packages with snacks, drinks, and program info, identifying their support system to communicate/network with us on needs.
In the coming weeks/months we identify your support system and begin assisting with needs identified and centering you and your family.
This can include a grief wreath for the family if there was a loss (these can be placed on your door to let others know that your family has experienced a loss), a care basket with comfort items, gas card, referrals to assistance programs (burial, crime victims fund, emergency bill payment, etc.), help navigating/ communicating with the police, hospital, your job, funeral home, providing pre-made meals, supplemental food, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and referrals to local orgs for specific needs.
Ongoing emotional support and a network of people that understand your experience.
Our grief support group meets each month on the 2nd Tuesday and is for anyone experiencing loss. We also host a private Facebook group for affected families which is a network of online support. These are aimed to be a supportive space for people to provide ongoing support and information to each other, with an agreement to respect and confidentiality.
Hello, My name is Sheri Pruitt. I am the Program Director for Angelos Gift Foundation. I am a mother of 4, grandmother of 5, business owner, and student pursuing my bachelors degree in Human Services.
I started the Foundation in 2014 after my 17 year old son Richard was the victim of a homicide. My goal is to help crime victims and their families while they maneuver through the grief process. This can be financial services, available community resources, counseling, or whatever current needs are, on a case by case basis.
In 2020 I sat down with Mike and Erica from The Village Lansing and talked about my vision for the foundation. They were immediately interested in supporting my efforts and together, we are changing lives one person at a time.
There are many different ways that you can support our efforts:
For Grades K-12!
In partnership with LAFCU and Two Men & A Truck we want to give back to the communities we serve by providing students with the supplies they need to have a successful school year.
We are collecting backpack supplies through August 19 and appreciate your help!