Ford Resource and Engagement Center Bangkok Opens Its Doors
Ford Motor Company Fund has announced plans for the establishment of the Ford Resource and Engagement Center Bangkok, which will become the fifth global FREC location. The FREC Bangkok will be based upon the original Detroit location, which opened in 2013 and has since assisted more than 125,000 in the community.
“Our mission at Ford Fund is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better, and that’s exactly what our Ford Resource and Engagement Centers are designed to do,” said Mike Schmidt, director, education and global community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Around the world, each center provides access to resources and services that reflect the needs and culture of the community. We have excellent partners here in Bangkok, and we look forward to working together to bring new programs and opportunities to the residents in this community.”
The Ford Resource and Engagement Center Bangkok will operate out of the Satri Julanak School in the Pomprapsattruphai district. The district, perhaps best known for the Nang Loeng food market, has been somewhat left behind as Bangkok grew into a major global city, but the establishment of the FREC — as well as the impending launch of a new subway station — seeks to help empower the neighborhood and its residents.
Ford Fund will partner with Scholars of Sustenance by providing the food rescue operation with a headquarters in the FREC and donating a new Ford Ranger with a cooling unit that will help keep food fresh. Bo Holmgreen, founder and CEO of Scholars of Sustenance, says that the group has worked with Ford Fund in planning the FREC Bangkok for well over a year.
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