Our Mission and History
With over 30 years experience working in the field of human services, providing services through area schools and non-profits, Nedra Lucas’ natural abilities and talents have taken many forms: social program developer, writer and curriculum designer, fund developer, life coach and counselor, and spiritual leader. She has personally been responsible for the development of nine social programs and the incorporation of two successful community-based organizations. Her life’s work has been in the interest of children, young adults, and abused women…empowering and impacting the lives of over 14,425 disadvantaged Metro Detroit residents. Mrs. Lucas has been successful in achieving new heights with well-being and healthy human development programs for families by always acting on her personal life philosophy: “Hold on to hope.”
In 1998 Nedra Lucas was contracted by the Detroit Board of Education to work with families who was struggling. Health Brings Wealth School Based Program, (HBW) working within the court system (i.e. 36th District, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Oakland County Circuit Court) to provide court-ordered classes and counseling services to adjudicated youth and families troubled by incidents of substance abuse. Mrs. Lucas’ genuine concern for people led her to incorporate the Health Brings Wealth (HBW) in 1999, and to make its services available to additional schools and community organizations in the Tri-County area. The problems and needs of HBW clients were complex and of high-prevalence, however, with Mrs. Lucas recognizing that clients required much more than what was being provided through clinical interventions that spoke of solutions but provided no actual hope.
Having been a teenage mother and wife, as well as a survivor of domestic violence, Nedra Lucas understood the needs of troubled families. Although being a State License social services provider and Licensed Evangelist enabled her to intellectualize what needed to be done, personal experience told her what it would take to help damaged families overcome the cycle and destruction of abuse. In 2002 Mrs. Lucas used her personal funds to found “The Mission: Prevention Education,” a registered 501(C) 3, and targeted its services to assist families and women victimized by domestic violence. Mrs. Lucas structure a three flag program Survival To Arrival, Inspiring Girl’s Hope and Single mothers.
Today, Nedra Lucas serves the community as the Executive Director of The Mission, and continues her work as a Certify Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children of neglect and abuse.
The efforts of Nedra Lucas to “hold on to hope” have been supported by an impressive following of area residents representative of all walks of life and professions. Her work has been recognized by both Wayne and Macomb County governments, the Detroit City Council received spirit of Detroit Award and the Detroit Public School Board. According to Mrs. Lucas, the most significant support she receives comes as a result of her being a Licensed Evangelist. Mrs. Lucas and The Mission’s Board of Directors are in the process of expanding services made necessary due to tough economic times resulting in loss jobs or homes in the community. As a result of the organization’s leadership, and its volunteer’s dedication and passion for service, The Mission has received a number of high profile community awards:
- Outstanding Services To The Community Award (2015)
- Distinguished Service Award (2012)
- Spirit of Detroit Award (09-2012)
- Outstanding Volunteer Service Award—2010-2011 (05-26-11)
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Outstanding Commitment In the Community (06-24-11)
- Detroit City Council Testimonial Resolution (10-03-2009)
- City of Detroit Special Achievement Award (09-22-2007)
- Wayne County Commissioner’s Women’s History Month Award (2005)
- Wayne County Commissioner’s Exemplary Community Member Award (2004)
- Macomb Foundation Athena Award (2004)
Program Services Impact Data
From June 2002 to December 2016 - 14,245 people have received services from The Mission Prevention Education
The following reflects the organization's impact on those served since 2002.
- Parenting classes/support services - (3,618 served)
- Inspiring Girl’s Hope Program - (2,434 served)
- Domestic Violence/Support Services - (4,308 served)
- Clothing/Food Pantry - (1,171 served)
- Utilities/Furniture -
- Holiday Meals and Assistance - (2,691 served)
With over 14 years experience working in the field of human services, providing services through area schools and non-profits, NEDRA LUCAS’
natural abilities and talents have taken many forms: social program developer, writer and curriculum designer, fund developer, life coach and counselor, and spiritual leader. A State Licensed Social Services Provider and Licensed Evangelist, Nedra has personally been responsible for the development of nine social programs and the incorporation of two successful community-based organizations.
Her life’s work has been in the interest of children, young adults, and abused women…empowering and impacting the lives of over 12,000 disadvantaged Metro Detroit residents. Nedra has been successful in achieving new heights with well-being and healthy human development programs for families by always acting on her personal life philosophy: “Hold on to hope.” Having been a teenage mother and wife, as well as a survivor of domestic violence, Nedra Lucas understood the needs of troubled families.
In 2002, Nedra used her personal funds to found “The Mission: Prevention Education,” a registered 501(c)3, and targeted its services to assist families and individual family members victimized by domestic violence. She has structured The Mission’s programming to focus on the healing and well being of its clients through inner healing and support group interventions, as it provides for their basic needs (food, shelter, and education). Today, Nedra Lucas serves the community as the President and CEO of The Mission, and continues her work as a court-appointed Special Advocate for Children of neglect and abuse, direct counseling for survival of domestic violence and parenting support group. Her work has been recognized by both Wayne and Macomb County governments, and is a recipient of Detroit City Council's Spirit of Detroit Award.
Our team is made up of people from all walks of life who have come together for One Mission
Some are doctors, teachers, college students, housewives, retirees, and even police officers. The organization’s network includes and involves local government, faith-based institutions, public and private schools, and community- based organizations and/or groups.
Meet Our Awesome Team!
|Board of Directors
- Diane Flint, BS, MBA, Board Chair
- Patricia Parker, BS, Co-Chair
- Marcella Salib, MD, Treasurer
- Nedra Lucas, Curriculum Development
- Sergeant Richard Lucas, Law Enforcement
- Stepheney Oney, M.D.
- Makeda Yelder
- William Lucas, Retired Judge
…and many others.
- Tinae Clark – Volunteer
- Yasir Radhi, Volunteer (IT Specialist)
- Deborah Scott, Volunteer
- Deborah Stewart, Volunteer
- Rita McClendon, Volunteer
- Bethany St. Andrew, Volunteer
- Vishvas Dave, Volunteer (Website Maintenance)
- Margaret Baker
- Terry Carter
- Cathy McClelland
We could not serve our community without the support we’ve received from our sponsors and supporters. We like to call them “Our Partners”.
Thank you for your support!
Porter One Design
Verizon Hope Line
Our Special Contributors
- "The Mission Rebranding Project"
In March 2012, Farmington Hills-based creative firm Porter One Design
voluntarily rebranded The Mission, and they’re still donating printed design materials to this day! Their design team redid the existing logo, business cards and tri-fold brochures. Using the colors that had become a symbol of the agency, Porter One Design upgraded The Mission’s materials to reflect its unique style and operational focus. The costs for their services, has been simply for The Mission to “keep up the good work.”Many Thanks to Porter One Design!
- "A Monthly Donation"
Ms. Rita McClendon has been committed to The Mission Prevention Education in an extraordinary way for over 10 years. Not only has she participated as an in office volunteer team member for eight years, but she generously contributes a monthly monetary donation to help ensure that our organization can continue serving our community. Many Thanks to Rita McClendon!
- "The Mission's Website"
Mr. Vishvas Dave
generously volunteers his time managing and adding content to The Mission Prevention Education’s Website. The contribution he has made to the organization is immeasurable. We consider him to be more than a valued volunteer. He is truly a wonderful part of our team! Many Thanks to Vishvas Dave!
Meet our Sponsors and Supporters!
Funding has been received from a vast range of foundations, and the result is The Mission's sustainability and growth.
Past and current corporate and foundation grantors include:
Thank you to the Sponsors for all your love and support!
- Access Org
- Angeline Lawrence
- Anthony Hinton
- Associated Dental
- Auto Specialist
- Betjamu St. Andrews
- Better Made Potato Chips
- Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc.
- Blue Star Lodge, International Masons
- Carol Johnson
- Cathy McClelland
- Christopher Aesy
- Comerica Bank
- Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC
- Detroit City Council
- Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta’s Project Share
- Detroit Pistons
- Detroit Zoo
- Diane Flint
- Dr. Ashwin N. Raval, M.D.
- Dr. Daniel D. Sherbert, M.D.
- Dr. Gupta, M.D.
- Dr. Logan Oney, M.D.
- Dr. Marcella Salib, M.D.
- Dr. Stephanie Lucas, M.D.
- Edith Mae Flowers
- Elaine Brownlee
- Fisher Funeral Home
- Ford Motor Company Christmas Fund
- Grand Master Honorable Felix Mcknight
- Health Brings Wealth, The Mission’s Affiliate
- John Lucy, Director of the Fisher Funeral Home
- Latanya Langford
- Lester Wright
- Lucas Photography
- Makeda Yelder
- MGM Casino Corporation
- Motor City Food
- Mr. & Mrs. Thompson Ministry
- Panera Bread
- Parents of Murdered Children
- Pat Parker
- Peete Enterprises Event - Tanitra Peete
- Porter One Design
- Ramona Bennett
- Rita McClendon
- Roger Tucker and 3/4 Step Band
- Sprint of Ferndale, Paul Essa
- Tina Nelson, Access Organization
- The Mission Board of Directors and all the staff and volunteers of The Mission
- UAW Local 909, Jackie Kelly
- United Way of Southeastern Michigan
- Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern MI
- Verizon Wireless HopeLine Phone Program: Victims of Domestic Violence
- Vishvas Dave
- Vivica Garcia
- Walmart: Good Works Program
- Wayne County Bail Bonds
- Wayne County Commissioner Martha Scott
- Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
- West Maple Plastic Surgery
- Your Event In Print - Kevin Besant
TESTIMONIALS FROM THOSE WE SERVE
We envision a world where women are empowered and protected. We work hard to help make this a reality. Here are testimonials from some of the women we’ve been honored to serve.
Join our cause. Volunteer today.
Mentors Turn Darkness into Light, like a Beacon in the Night
The Mission is always looking for community volunteers. We look for caring adults from the community and college students who seek involvement in the program as an opportunity to give back and ensure a future for our youth.
Volunteers are always welcomed and are able to serve in the program after the following:
1. Completing an application process that includes background checks.
2. Volunteers who desire to work as a group facilitator and mentor are required to have experience or course completion in disciplines that relate to the issues addressed through the program.
3. Completing the training needed to facilitate a peer group sessions and to serve as a mentor.
All volunteers are recognized publicly for their contributions.