The Ruth Mott Foundation's mission is to advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality. Our commitment is to base the Foundation in its home community of Flint, Michigan. The Foundation envisions communities of hope and pride, whose neighborhood environments and urban core are safe, attractive and healthy, enriched by cultural diversity and an engaged citizenry. Ruth Mott's values and conduct inspire us to: *be welcoming, inclusive and egalitarian *treat everyone with respect and dignity *act with kindness and good humor *promote civic hope and pride *encourage personal responsibility *practice prevention *maintain the "long view"
Built in 1916 as a self-sustaining family farm, the Mott residence, known as Applewood, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and grounds encompass approximately 30 acres, 18 extensively landscaped. The grounds are comprised of perennial, rose and demonstration gardens, a 75-tree orchard with 25 varieties of heritage apples, and a gatehouse that houses the Mott archives.
Applewood, with its special beauty, is a place for inspiration and renewal in the heart of Flint, MI. Recognizing its special responsibility to preserve and share this unique community asset, the Ruth Mott Foundation operates Applewood to demonstrate and support its mission, vision, values and programs. Through convenings, festivals, and community outreach, Applewood with its committed volunteers, lends support to the Foundation's arts, beautification, health promotion, and civic engagement efforts.
Ruth Mott Foundation Programs The Ruth Mott Foundation acting as mentor, partner, and catalyst, promotes community vitality through the following programs:
- Health Promotion