Purpose and Vision

Purpose: To offer positive opportunities and relationships for foster youth and at-risk families that will support them into becoming healthy and responsible contributors to society.

Vision: Our vision is to see every at-risk youth develop a plan for a positive future, achieve their goals and to realize there is hope.  We plan to fulfill our purpose through the following strategies:

  1. Maintain and further develop a quality, faith-based Semi-Independent Living program to serve youth aging out of the foster care system, from ages 16 and up.
  2. Develop, implement, and maintain a quality, faith-based mentoring program to serve at-risk youth and youth in foster care, from ages 12 and up.
  3. Provide the church and community opportunities to serve, teach and demonstrate a loving extended family in the lives of local at-risk youth.
  4. Identify additional needs within the foster care system and establishing opportunities to assist in meeting those needs.
  5. Offer our programs and strategies to be replicated by other local ministries mobilizing to care for at-risk children and youth.

Who We Serve

There are currently over 13,000 children in the Michigan foster care system and over 500 of these children will age-out of the system each year.

Many aging-out youth face numerous challenges as they exit the foster care system:

  • Homelessness
  • No family support
  • Little community support
  • Incarceration
  • Addiction
  • Unemployment
  • Dropping out of school

Our Team

Al Owski

Board Member

Al Owski is an engineering specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He currently serves M117 as a youth mentor and a board member. Prior to Mission 117, Al had been volunteered with at-risk youth, homeless adults, and a local food pantry.

Jeffrey & Heather Grasl

Board of Directors - President

Jeff has worked in field of law for over 10 years. He and his wife have been involved with at-risk and foster youth in many different ways over the years. Jeff has served with Royal Family Kids Campwhich provides positive camp memories for children in foster care. Heather serves the Mission 1:17 team in many capacities.

Will Fobbs

Wilbert Fobbs serves the Mission 1:17 team in many different capacities. His major influences include information and systems consulting. Will is also involved with organizational planning, and assists in policy planning and implementation. He has a passion to help older youth aging-out of the foster care system.

Khadija Walker-Fobbs

Board Vice President

Khadija has owned Fobbs & Walker Consulting for 10 years. Her work has been focused on social and community based program development and she has worked with several businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities.

Joel & Quentella Ambrose

Resident Advisor / Board Member

Joel is currently serving Mission 1:17 as the Resident Advisor at our Semi-Independent Living home for young men. Quentella Ambrose currently serves on the Mission 1:17 Board of Directors. Quentella has 25 plus years of professional experience which includes owning and operating a license Group Day Care Home for 13 years.

Nathan & Sarah Dubuc

Secretary & Treasurer

Nathan serves the Mission 1:17 on many different levels,varying from business consulting, to mentoring, to using his business experience to help get Mission 1:17 up and running. Sarah serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the Mission 1:17 Board of Directors. They have also fostered for over 5 years, and have had many children stay in their home during that time.

Pastor Norman Frechette

Board Member

Pastor Norm Frechette is the Administrative Pastor at Brightmoor Christian Church. Pastor Norm has been involved with at-risk, homeless and foster youth throughout most of his time in the ministry.