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A Time to Help Update – October 2017

A Time to Help Update – October 2017

A Helping Hand For Westside Cultural & Athletic Club

DETROIT, MI — It was a true labor of love.

For more than 40 years, Erica Wright has directed her charity — and its mission of guiding young people — out of her home near West Side Academy in Detroit.

Her service to others has sometimes meant forgoing her own yard work and other projects such as clearing out and organizing the basement of her nonprofit.

A long time supporter of Wright’s Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, S.A.Y. Detroit decided to make her charity its October A Time to Help project.

And so on Saturday (Oct. 21), 20 ATTH volunteers divided into two groups and worked for three hours performing a fall clean-up of her property. . . . continue reading »




A Time to Help’s next event is its annual The Salvation Army Christmas Party for shelter women and children on Dec. 2. Information and registration details will be posted on next week.

St. Anthony’s Receives Another Step-Up

St. Anthony’s Receives Another Step-Up

The Detroit Muscle Crew II project was finished — all 18 glass block windows and two side doors at the Cathedral of St. Anthony had been replaced — thanks to a $5,000 donation from A Hole in the Roof Foundation.

But in the eyes of Mike Stephanoff, finished didn’t necessarily mean completed.

The DMCII volunteer and owner of One-Step Home Solutions, learned after the project that the front doors to the church desperately needed to be replaced. They were rotting, unsightly — and 115 years old.

So he contacted Bishop Karl Rodig and Jim Penrod, who directs St. Anthony’s food and clothing pantry, and delivered three simple but golden words: “I’ll help you.”

Foundation funds depleted, Stephanoff developed his own fundraising plan and began spreading the story about a small church on Sheridan Street in Detroit that does big work, assisting thousands of residents each year.

In just under two months, Stephanoff had raised a total $9,609 in donations. And on Sept. 29 the possible happened: four new front doors to the church were installed. Thanks to Stephanoff’s generous heart, he and his crew once again donated their time and services to St. Anthony for free.

How’d he do it?

“Well, I started contacting customers and one thing led to another,” he said. “Through their kindness, and the kindness of my friends, we were able to get it done.”

Jim Penrod said: “Mike and his crew are amazing, and they do such excellent work.”

Stephanoff isn’t new to volunteering. As a younger man, he frequently donated his time to others in need when he served in the Navy.

“When I answered the call to Mitch Albom’s article (last spring) to join the Muscle Crew, well, it just feels good,” he said.

Higgins Park is Born!

Higgins Park is Born!

City of Detroit, S.A.Y. Detroit, and Cooper Standard Collaborate to Construct Community Playground, Strengthen Neighborhood.

DETROIT, MI — October 11th. In a continuing effort to revitalize city neighborhoods and beautify the community, the City of Detroit teamed with the Cooper Standard Foundation and S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families to build a playground at Higgins Park.

Nearly 120 Cooper Standard volunteers spent more than five hours building a playground, located at 9200 Olivet Street, Detroit, 48209 where Higgins Elementary once stood. On hand were Mayor Mike Duggan and Mitch Albom.

Together with S.A.Y. Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Cooper Standard has led a transformative effort in the city strengthen to neighborhoods, one block at a time, by refurbishing formerly abandoned houses through S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Family charity. Over the past two years, the foundation — and the employees of Cooper Standard — have added the construction of new playgrounds to its efforts for families in these communities.


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