News & Updates from S.A.Y. Detroit
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.”
On short notice on Monday, volunteers from the Detroit Muscle Crew II and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries gathered to erect a tent that will be used this summer for S.A.Y. Detroit’s satellite location of the Detroit Water Ice Factory.
Special thanks go to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three of his summer employees to the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills, where the tent was raised. Fellow Muscle Crew team member Jack Galopin drove in from Pinckney to help. Thanks Jack!
And, as always, big thanks go to Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — our operating partner — who sent three people over to lend a hand.
From start to finish, the job took two hours to complete. Thank you volunteers!
The group that spent Monday afternoon at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills raising the tent that will be used this summer for our Detroit Water Ice Factory’s seasonal location. We acknowledge the following folks and businesses associated with the all-volunteer Detroit Muscle Crew II who made this happened: Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry, who sent three employees (Ben and Blake Borkowski and Simon Albaugh); Jack Galopin of Pinckney (he’s in the red sweatshirt); and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, who supplied three helpers for this project. Also pictured is Larry Brown of the Franklin Cider Mill and Rick Bochenek, who will be managing the DWIF location.
Many thanks to Scott Albaugh of Albaugh Masonry who answered the Detroit Muscle Crew II’s call for volunteerism and sent three of his summer employees — Simon Albaugh, Ben Borkowski and Blake Borkowski – to help us raise the tent for our nonprofit Detroit Water Ice Factory’s summertime location that will be opening later this month at the Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills. The Albaugh crew here is next to Rick Bochenek, who’s going to be managing the DWIF location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.