Headquaters
38099 Schoolcraft Road, Ste 125       
Livonia, MI 48140                               734-743-1351
info@bffcdo.org

Detroit Location
2nd Chance Ministries
2535 Michigan Ave.
Detroit Mi 48216
313-473-7583

Building Families First Community Organization
VISION:     

​The BFFCO Vision Is to see rental subsidy be utilized as the temporary and transitional resource that it was originally intended to be. 
We believe that it was never intended to become permanent and we should discourage the perception from the current and future families who are able-bodied, who will receive housing assistance. 

Apart from our vision, we strive to "break the cycle of poverty" that still exists among many of our communities.

Values:

  • Advocacy: Putting voice with action in pursuit of our vision
  • Compassion: Serving our clients with dignity, respect and care
  • Collaboration: Partnering with all who can help us help others
  • Progress: Pushing ourselves toward thoughtful, creative, long-term solutions
  • Diversity: Embracing a wide array of viewpoints and possibilities
  • Integrity: Doing the right thing in all we do
  • Stewardship: Managing fiscal and programmatic resources responsibly and ethically


We've been bridging gaps in services since 2008. 
We are an IRS recognized nonprofit organization built to empower all low income individuals to become self-sufficient and off all forms of government, state and local assistance and into home buyers. 
We have assist over 15,000 individuals a year with housing, employment, food and medical insurance.

Tonia Cramier, Founder
Tonia Cramier is a native Detroiter who founded BFFCO in 2008 after a decade in the nonprofit sector. She received both her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Master in Social Work from University of Florida. She is proficient in landlord tenant laws, and an expert in Section 8 Housing programs, authorities and property management accounting. She was responsible for analyzing guidance and policies related to discretionary or competitive grant programs for over a decade. Her experience planning appropriate strategies and implementation regulations is what has allowed her to continually improve the organization and the families served. Tonia says being brought up with her own struggles in life empowered her to implement a program that is not just a "band-aid" approach. Families need equality and inclusion in "breaking the cycle of poverty". Understanding peoples needs plays a crucial role in order to properly maintain and manage individuals as well as a nonprofit business that positively contributes to the community.






Kenneth Marx, President
Kenneth Marx has been a board member of BFFCO since 2012, and has a BS in Management and Organizational Development from Madonna University. He is currently a Technical Expert and Quality Manager for Robert Bosch LLC, where he is responsible for assessing the development phase and production of various Bosch Automotive Components. Mr. Marx verifies both internal and customer specifications are met, and reports monthly statuses to the upper management Releasing production at five North American Plants and several German plants for the Bosch internal and customer production release processes. Kenneth applies these skills to running an efficient nonprofit that meets the specifications of all affiliations and partnerships






Della Copp, Program Development Director
Della Copp earned her MBA from Louisiana State University–Shreveport, in 2016, and her B.A. in Management and Communications from Concordia University in 1996. Ms. Copp serves on the Board of BFFCO as the Marketing and Community Development Director, as a volunteer with the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, Event Planning Committee, and with the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Essential Needs Grant Review Team. In 2015, Della was nominated for the ATHENA Award by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport, LA. She has also served on the Wisconsin Forward Award Board of Examiners in 2011, and received a Distinguished Service award. Ms. Copp is a member of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and currently works for CPA.com as the Events and Marketing Communication Manager.  






Gregory McPherson, Fund Development Director
Gregory A. McPherson is a native of Highland Park, MI. After four years graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Siena Heights University. After graduation, he became assistant store manager at CVS/Pharmacy. He then found his passion after being offered an opportunity in non-profit sector. McPherson has held several leadership roles for various nonprofits such as the national office of the NAACP, Neighborhood Service Organization, the Detroit Urban League and currently where he is the Director of Adult & Senior Programs for Matrix Human Services. There, he oversees the staff, and a budget of over 500k that operates several programs. McPherson also holds a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. He is currently the founding pastor of Eden Christian Center. 






Michael Schick, Asset Management Director
Michael M. Schick, Director at Q10 | Lutz Financial Services, began his 20-year commercial real estate career working for Citizens, Charter One and Michigan National banks. Mr. Schick has originated over $750 million of real estate loans on many facilities including residential, multifamily, and assisted living. Mr. Schick also has experience in annual budgeting, pro-forma development and analysis, loan workouts as well as healthcare and education lending. Mr. Schick is involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Healthcare Association of Michigan, and Assisted Living Association of Michigan (HCAM/ALAM). He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan on the topic of real estate finance. Mr. Schick graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a BA in Economics.
Michael M. Schick, Director at Q10 | Lutz Financial Services, began his 20-year commercial real estate career working for Citizens, Charter One and Michigan National banks. Mr. Schick has originated over $750 million of real estate loans on many facilities including residential, multifamily, and assisted living. Mr. Schick also has experience in annual budgeting, pro-forma development and analysis, loan workouts as well as healthcare and education lending. Mr. Schick is involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Healthcare Association of Michigan, and Assisted Living Association of Michigan (HCAM/ALAM). He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan on the topic of real estate finance. Mr. Schick graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a BA in Economics.






Adrienne Dudley, Community Representative
Adrienne Dudley is a recent Board member to BFFCO who serves as the Community Representative. Ms. Dudley is also a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy. Ms. Dudley's almost 10-year professional background is in advising higher education at Madonna University and University of Detroit Mercy. Ms. Dudley has a passion for volunteering and helping her community. Currently, she is pursuing mental health counseling.






Charlotte Lusby, Community Representative
Charlotte Lusby graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a BA in Economic. She is currently an Agency Field Specialist with State Farm where she uses technology to help agents identify strategies to grow and retain business. Charlotte has always believed in giving back to the community. While in college she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity where she saw how homeownership has the ability to stabilize families and communities. She continued her volunteer activities after college and later became a Realtor helping buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals. Charlotte is excited about working with Building Families First because it is an opportunity to help bolster families and contribute to the rejuvenation of Detroit.


Jennifer Fortson, Secretary
Jennifer Fortson currently holds a Bachlor's of Science in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, she is currently continuing her education in Community Development at Detroit Mercy College. She says while in the Financial business she can appreciate the importance of asset building among many families in our community.



Building Families First Community Organization is a IRS recognized 501c3 nonprofit that cultivates strong, cohesive families by creating opportunities, strengthening assets, and building communities. 

We encourage families to take ownership of their lives and adopt financially responsible behavior, while becoming independent of governmental assistance.
Good for the Individual
Good for the Neighborhood
Good for the Community