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DMC Update 2 from St. Anthony’s: Installation Days Set, Help Needed

DMC Update 2 from St. Anthony’s: Installation Days Set, Help Needed

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 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 to stay on top of the latest developments.

Mobile Mammography Center Visits S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic

Mobile Mammography Center Visits S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic

A packed waiting room greeted Dr. Keyshia Covington and the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic staff on Thursday morning. The main reason was right outside the door: It was the day that The Anthony L. Soave Family Mobile Mammography and Health Screening Center was at the clinic to ensure that all women have easy access to high-quality breast health services regardless of their ability to pay.

The Soave Family mobile unit is part of St. John Providence’s mission of making screening mammography accessible to those in need in and around metro Detroit.

Nearly 20 women received free mammograms beginning at 9 a.m. at the S.A.Y. Clinic on Glendale. It marked the second time this year that the mobile unit visited the clinic.

“We’re going to get another date because we already have an overflow list,” Dr. Covington said. “It’s incredibly valuable because in our last session we had multiple people needing secondary follow-up — ultrasounds, biopsies. Without the opportunity to get screened, they would have never had access to this critical care. They’re so grateful.”

S.A.Y. Detroit is deeply appreciative of St. John Providence and The Anthony L. Soave Family Mammography and Health Screening Center for helping serve the female patients at the clinic.

DMC Update 1 from St. Anthony’s: Windows Ordered!

DMC Update 1 from St. Anthony’s: Windows Ordered!

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.

A Time to Help May 2017: The Detroit Zoo

A Time to Help May 2017: The Detroit Zoo

Event Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. 

Project: Volunteers will be performing general landscaping and grounds clean-up throughout the Zoo, as needed. Volunteers will work in teams supervised by the Zoo’s landscape staff.

Where: Detroit Zoo — Ten Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak.

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Parking: Enter at Gate 4/Administration entrance located a quarter mile west of Woodward on the I-696 Service Drive. The guard at the gate will have names of volunteers and will direct them to parking in the Ten Mile lot. Meeting place for the group will be the lobby of the Ford Education Center. Follow the serpentine walkway to the courtyard door of the center. Signage will direct you to the appropriate location inside the building.

Waiver: Signed waivers are required to participate. They will be available upon arrival at the Ford Education Center.

Attire: Volunteers must be dressed appropriately for outdoor work. Closed-toe shoes are a must. Hat, gloves, sunscreen and inset repellant are recommended.

Bring: Volunteers should bring refillable water bottles for their personal use. Tools and materials will be provided.

Volunteers Needed: 30

Important: Registration will close on May 16 for this project. Minimum age is 18; no children can be accepted for this event. The Zoo assumes this is a rain or shine event.



Tiny Homes, Big Hearts at Cass Community

Tiny Homes, Big Hearts at Cass Community

The painters were on rooftops and ladders. The other crew members filled a dumpster with debris that had been littering a two-block area around Cass Community Social Services’ campus in Highland Park.

The common thread was that they were all volunteers — more than two dozen strong — and all members of Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help team that answered the call to service last Saturday (April 8) to help Cass Community’s Tiny Homes neighborhood. (more…)

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