Benzie Area Christian Neighbors is Dedicated to Enhancing the Quality of Lives
BACN is a tax exempt non-profit human services organization providing services for people of all ages throughout the Benzie/Northern Manistee County area.
"To improve the quality of life of the people in need in our communities by providing food, clothing, financial assistance, educational and social support in collaboration with other area resources."
"BACN will strive to minimize and alleviate the effects of poverty in the lives of the people within our communities."
BACN is founded on Christian values therefore:
- We believe that we receive by giving and give by receiving
- We believe that all persons are to be treated with dignity and respect
- We believe that honesty and transparency are the bases for all activities and relationships
In 1983, a group of concerned citizens and the Benzie County Ministerial Association created Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. The all volunteer organization was formed to provide area residents with basic needs.
Over time BACN developed working relationships with the Department of Human Services, Women’s Resource Center, Salvation Army and other social organizations. BACN took on the leadership role in Benzie County by facilitating efficiency in services for people in need.
In 2005, the Ministerial Association realized the organization had outgrown its ability to properly manage the services offered and they formed an interim board. It was the task of the board to formalize a mission statement and develop the goals that would see BACN grow to better serve the community. The Board determined a paid staff person was needed to coordinate the efforts of the volunteers and in 2007 a half-time Executive Director was hired.
Since that decision, BACN has undergone tremendous growth. In 2010, with funding from the John L. Mulvaney Foundation, BACN acquired a new building to accommodate its growth. The new building provided an additional 5800 square feet of space to better serve the community with its programming and services.
Since its beginning, BACN has stretched to service over 1200 families annually and has grown its budget from a $25,000 yearly to $363,000 in 2011.