DETROIT/MAY 12 – Only when the church bells rang out at noon did the Detroit Muscle Crew II team of volunteers take a break.
The crew spent the day on Friday volunteering their labor at the Cathedral of St. Anthony on Detroit’s east side replacing and installing more than a dozen glass block windows around the church’s food and clothing pantry.
The window installation was the first phase of the work that’s being done at the church that feeds and clothes hundreds of poor and homeless people each year. St. Anthony received a $5,000 donation from A Hole in the Roof Foundation from funds raised at the 2016 Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon. Those funds are being used for materials; the Muscle Crew is supplying the labor.
The St. Anthony project is being led by Mike Stephanoff, president of One Step Home Solutions, who on Friday brought four colleagues: Allan Colcernian, Roy Seaton, Ron LaBarge and Tom Stephanoff. His team will return Saturday to install a new door and repair several others with the help of fellow volunteer Joe Ferrara.
Supplying a major assist replacing and installing the windows Friday was Albaugh Masonry. The company graciously donated the services of four of its employees: Ray Beebe, Simon Albaugh, Eric Sanderson and John Beebe.
Also lending a hand — err, make that some muscle — was Muscle Crew II volunteer Jim Primeau of Oxford.
The spirit of cooperation between the skilled trades professionals was evident throughout the day.
“We divided up the tasks and went to work,” Stephanoff said. “Their (Albaugh Masonry) skill with their trade, well, it’s making this job go exceptionally well.”
Ray Beebe, leader of the Albaugh group, said: “This is so rewarding for us helping out and giving back to the community.”
Bishop Karl Rodig of St. Anthony, said he has been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the group. Because not all of the funds will be exhausted after the two-day first phase of the project, the Muscle Crew will return in the coming weeks with (he hopes) a painter and a roofer for a few more repairs.
“There’s no words,” Rodig said. “We save, May through October, to pay for our winter heating. What a good crew, good idea, this is. We are very thankful.”
Two windows down, 16 to go!
That’s the report from Mike Stephanoff, who’s leading our Muscle Crew II’s first project at the Cathedral of St. Anthony, 5247 Sheridan St., Detroit.
On Saturday, April 29, Mike and two colleagues — Ron LaBarge and Joe Ferrara — were successful in their test run: They replaced two basement windows with prefabricated glass block units at the church’s clothing and feeding shelter. As you can tell by the photo, the window unit looks great.
Now this is where you come in: We’d like to complete this portion of the volunteer project onMay 12-13. The starting time on both days will be 8 a.m. Mike has already lined up three volunteers and he’d like to recruit a few more — specifically, two masonry professionals and two or three general laborers on Friday and Saturday, with an additional request for two carpenters on Saturday. The carpentry job will entail replacing a steel door unit, and repairing several other doors.
All materials will be provided; just bring your muscle.
If you’re interested in volunteering all or part of your day, on both or either day, please contact DMC II at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a registered event; we will be in contact via email if you’re selected. Please realize that it will be difficult for us to accommodate everyone who’d like to help on this project. If you miss out on this one, don’t worry — there are many more projects on the horizon!
And remember: Don’t forget to visit your Muscle Crew II web page at saydetroit.org/muscle-crew to stay on top of the latest developments.
Since our kick-off pizza party in March, Muscle Crew II is officially off and running!
As you are aware, our first project will be replacing doors and windows at the Cathedral of St. Anthony’s in Detroit, which has a pantry that feeds and clothes hundreds of needy Detroiters each year.
The project is being led by Mike Stephanoff, president of One Step Home Solutions in Warren. On April 7, Mike and Ron LaBarge, One Step’s VP, and fellow Muscle Crew volunteer Jim Primeau of Oxford, performed a site inspection at St. Anthony, which recently received a $5,000 donation from the Hole in the Roof Foundation.
Because of YOU, all labor will be done by our Muscle Crew volunteers, with the grant dollars going toward materials.
Mike’s assessment: We’ll be replacing 18 basement windows with prefabricated glass block units. In addition, a new steel entry door to the pantry will be donated by Madison Heights Glass Co. Thank you Madison Heights Glass Co! The windows are currently on order.
Watch this space — and your email inbox — for next steps in the coming weeks. Mike will be providing a timeline for the installation, as well as his projected number of volunteers that will be needed to remove and install the new windows.
Members of the Muscle Crew — and Bishop Karl Rodig — examine one of the damaged doors at the Cathedral of St. Anthony in Detroit. From left: Project manager Mike Stephanoff, Ron LaBarge, Rev. Rodig, Jim Primeau.
Mike Stephanoff (orange cap) and Ron LaBarge of One Step Home Solutions in Warren measure one of the windows that will be replaced with funds from A Hole in the Roof Foundation.
Mike Stephanoff and Ron LaBarge take a look at the iron work that protects the outside windows around the food and clothing pantry at St. Anthony.