News & Updates from S.A.Y. Detroit

Tent raising a success at Franklin Cider Mill

Tent raising a success at Franklin Cider Mill

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!

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 musclecrew@mitchalbom.com. 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.

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.

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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