About

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 has served as a volunteer tutor, life-skills coach, driver’s education instructor, and youth mentor. Al has been a board member in 2015. 

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. Together with his wife, Khadija, they have mentored many youth over the years.

Khadija Walker-Fobbs

Board President

Khadija Walker-Fobbs serves as the President of the Mission 1:17 Board of Directors. Khadija has owned Fobbs & Walker Consulting for 14 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

Vice President & Treasurer

Nathan serves as the Vice-President of Mission 1:17. Nathan also has a heart for the youth we are serving and loves any opportunity that he can get to spend time with them and connect. Sarah serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Mission 1:17 Board. Sarah and her husband also fostered for 6 years and have had many children stay in their home during that time. Sarah’s passion is to serve children and families in crisis in order to see them become successful and flourish in life.

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.