We encourage you to read more about how the relationship between The Abrams Foundation and New Day Foundation for Families started in the article “A Family’s Story, an Aviator’s Gift and $12,000 for a Rochester Cause” published by the Rochester Patch.

“Michael and I know firsthand what the help of others and the love of God can do in bringing hope for a new day,” – Gina Spehn, Founder of New Day Foundation for Families
“I have looked into other cancer support programs, and none of them have quite the mission of immediately helping families the way New Day does,” – Tiffany Patzer, The Abrams Foundation Board

New Day for Families Foundation Programs

Families First

The goal of our signature program is to sustain cancer families who have children under the age of 18 in the home as they face the many physical, emotional, and financial challenges that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This program seeks to alleviate financial burdens in order to provide hope and stability in the midst of crisis. There is nothing cookie-cutter about this program – grants are tailored to the specific needs of the family. The program helps families in a variety of areas, but often includes rent or mortgage, auto or home repair, utility payments, counseling services, cleaning services, grocery and fuel gift cards.

Beaumont Hospital Initiative

With the help of oncology social workers at Beaumont Hospitals in Michigan, New Day connects with cancer families in critical need of financial and emotional resources. This initiative replicates the Families First program in offering customized, personal services to help sustain a family through a cancer crisis. Long term, we hope to replicate this program at major cancer centers in Michigan and across the country.

 Care Pack Program

This program provides basic necessities (fuel and grocery gift cards), resources (books and referrals for counseling and camps) and comfort items (stuffed animals for children, holiday gifts) as a means of welcoming a family into relationship with the hope-filled New Day Foundation. Each Care Pack is customized to meet specific needs, ease financial burdens, and bring a smile to the faces of cancer families.

Single Parent Program

Our newest program recognizes the unique burdens of a single parent fighting cancer while raising children and seeks to alleviate financial, emotional and practical burdens in order to provide hope and stability for parent and children. This targeted program helps single parent families in a variety of areas, but often includes rent or mortgage, childcare, school supplies, clothing and Pay-to-Participate school activities, utility payments, counseling services, cleaning services, grocery and fuel gift cards.

Ways to Serve

Use your gifts and talents to bless families faced with cancer.
Please email Gina Kell Spehn.

We’re always looking for dedicated volunteers, creative thinkers, and fun-seekers to lend a hand!

Other areas you can help:

  • Join Team New Day
    • Individuals who want to “run for a reason”
    • Corporations developing community presence
      • Plus Matching Gift programs to double the blessings!
  • Receive support from Starting Line Health and Fitness training team
  • Volunteer to help the Auction Committee collect donated items for our ongoing fundraisers
    • Trades people who will donate time to support our families (roofers, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, house cleaning, etc)
    • Professional volunteers in the area of legal and financial services
    • Organize an event:
      • Jeans Day at work
      • Hats on for New Day (at your kids school)
      • Buffalo Wild Wings Night (or other restaurant)
      • Create a race