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Piast Institute Awarded A 2014
Drug Free Community Grant

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – The Piast Institute announced at a Press Conference on October 9, 2014 at the Institute’s office that it has been awarded a 2014 Drug Free Community Grant for the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition. The award announcement was made by the White House in conjunction with the President’s designation of October as National Substance Abuse Month. This award is one of 5 new given in Michigan. It is the only new award in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Five other Michigan communities received continuation awards.

The DFC grant is for a total of $625,000 spread equally over a 5 year period. The Institute must provide a 100 percent match for the award to the HDFCC.

The purpose of the grant is to:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
  2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

20141009_105024forweb  Piast Institute President, Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski noted, “The award is the product of the dedication and commitment to the community of the Piast team and the members of the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition who contributed to the preparation of the Grant and worked over the years to help build the HDFCC into the exemplary Coalition it has become. A special acknowledgement is due to Mr. Eric Burkman who served as Director of the HDFCC for the last four years and to Coalition Chair, Dr. Joann Pieronek who served over the same period.”

“The Grant would not have been possible”, he continued,” without the extraordinary organizational skills and managerial ability of Virginia Skrzyniarz, Executive Vice President of the Piast Institute. She guided and drove the grant to its completion. The Institute and the HDFCC would also like to acknowledge the support of our elected representatives and other officials who assisted us with advice, counsel and support including Congressman Gary Peters, Senator Bert Johnson, State Representative Rose Mary Robinson, Mayor Dr. Karen Majewski, Commissioner Martha G. Scott, School Board Chair, Mr. Titus Walters, Superintendent of Hamtramck Public Schools Mr. Thomas Niczay, Police Chief Max Garbarino and Fire Chief Paul Wilk.”

For more information please contact the Virginia Skrzyniarz at 313-733-4535 or by emailing

In photo: Virginia SkrzyniarzVirginia_Skrzyniaforweb