(Grantee Renewal Conference and the St. Louise de Marillac Service Awards)


Grantee Renewal Conference

Q:  When is the conference?

A:  The conference runs from Sunday afternoon (September 25, 2022) until Tuesday afternoon (September 27, 2022)


Q:  Where is the conference being held?

A:  The conference will be held in Ypsilanti, Michigan - right outside Detroit - at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest hotel.


Q:  Why should I attend the conference?

A:  The Grantee Renewal Conference was created to support and renew you to continue to do a great job in your service to people living in poverty.  The Conference will offer educational sessions, networking opportunities with fellow grantees, and renewal activities to reinvigorate your spirit and build energy.  In addition, the St. Louise de Marillac Service Awards Banquet will celebrate outstanding grantees with an award statue and a monetary gift (see award FAQs below).


Q:  How much does it cost to attend the conference?

A:  There is no fee to attend the conference.  MMI will cover costs including hotel accommodations for up to two people from an organization to attend.  Attendees are responsible for all travel expenses to get to the venue and return home.


Q:  When and where do I sign up to attend?

A:  Watch your email for registration information this spring.  It will direct you to an online registration form through this website.


Q:  What do I need to pack for this conference?

A:  The conference attire is business casual.  There is a banquet on Monday night of the conference that you should plan for business attire and then there are renewal activities which may include walking trails or yoga or golf, which would require more casual attire.  More information on renewal activities will be included with the registration information in the Spring.


St. Louise de Marillac Service Awards

Q:  May we submit nominations for all three Awards?

A:  Yes, MMI welcomes nominations for each of the Awards - Program, Volunteer, and Employee.


Q:  May I submit more than one application in each of the categories.  For example, may I submit two Program nominations?

A:  Yes, you may submit more than one in each category, however, it may be wiser for you to select the best and submit just one in each category.  If there are two volunteers or employees who work more as a team, it's OK to submit them together.  We have awarded the volunteer award to a two-person team.


Q:  Do the Program nominations have to be of a program MMI funded?

A:  No, it does not have to be a program MMI funded.

Q:  Does the employee I want to nominate need to be working in the Program I nominated?  

A:  No, the employee or volunteer can work in any program and is not tied to the other nominations.


Q:  What do we win?

A:  The Award is a Lladró Statue, Prayerful Moment, representing St. Louise de Marillac AND a monetary award.  The Program selected will receive $10,000 for the program nominated. The Volunteer and Employee selected will receive $5,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice.  Each winner will also receive a video of the winner's story that will be shown at the Awards Banquet and may be used by the organization, employee or volunteer to promote their work.  For examples of past videos, click on the year to see each year's winners ... 2020, 2017, and 2015.


Q:  Who was St. Louise de Marillac?

A:  St. Louise de Marillac, along with St. Vincent de Paul, founded the Daughters of Charity.  Read more about Saint Louise de Marillac here.


Q:  Who are the Daughters of Charity?

A:  The Daughters of Charity are a community of women who devote their lives to serving people living in poverty. They live a life of humility and simplicity dedicated to charity. Today, there are over 14,000 Daughters of Charity living and working in more than 90 countries throughout the world.  For more information about the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise, please visit their website.