News & Updates from Working Homes/Working Families

S.A.Y. Detroit and Cooper Standard Join Forces Again at Morningside Community Park

S.A.Y. Detroit and Cooper Standard Join Forces Again at Morningside Community Park

S.A.Y. Detroit teamed up once again with the Cooper Standard Foundation to expand the playground it built back in 2016. It is the same eastside Detroit community where Working Homes/Working Families has rebuilt and given away 9 homes to needy families.

Dozens of employees from Cooper Standard returned to the Morningside neighborhood to add another section of playground equipment this afternoon. The playground is located on Three Mile Road, between Munich and Waveney streets. On hand were Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom.

Albom said: “This project is a shining example of our commitment to benefit families and beautify the neighborhood.”

S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families initiative places working families in need of housing into refurbished homes. In this neighborhood, it has been a collaborative effort involving S.A.Y. Detroit, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Cooper Standard and Dow. Hundreds of Cooper Standard and Dow employees have volunteered in helping with the project.

“It is part of the long-term commitment we have to both the Working Homes/Working Families charity and this neighborhood”, said Keith Stephenson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Standard.

Highlight reel from last year’s build (created by Cooper Standard):

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

Representatives from 20 area charities accepted checks totaling more than $1 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s fifth annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December.

The ceremony at the Fisher Building included several first-time beneficiaries, including the Bing Youth Institute — a mentoring program for urban youth created by former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing.

Albom, who founded S.A.Y. Detroit in 2006, presented the checks to the benefiting charities with Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, along with representatives of several major donor organizations. (more…)

Morningside Neighborhood Gains Strength With Another Family

Morningside Neighborhood Gains Strength With Another Family

Two days before Christmas, Lillie Taylor and her three children received a gift that she hopes will last a lifetime: A place to call home.

Taylor smiled broadly on Friday as she received the keys to a newly refurbished house in the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s east side from Kisha Woods, director of Genesis House 2 at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, as part of S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families charity. (more…)

Once Displaced By Tragedy, A Family Receives A Home

Once Displaced By Tragedy, A Family Receives A Home

Each door that was opened brought its own special surprise. Mia Branch couldn’t believe it.

Slide over the high chair in the kitchen, and Branch was already envisioning herself and her nine children having a family dinner around the dining room table.

In the expansive living area upstairs, Branch was awestruck to see a bedroom large enough for her four girls to share. On the same floor, there was room for the kids to do their homework after school, and, just around the counter, a room dedicated for prayer and reflection. She couldn’t believe it. (more…)

A New Home, New Beginning for Grateful Vet

A New Home, New Beginning for Grateful Vet

DETROIT — A day after he was awarded a house during Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon, retired U.S. Army veteran Leo Cooke was overwhelmed with emotion when he stepped into his new home Friday for the first time.

“When I walked in, it was amazing,” said Cooke, wiping tears from his eyes. “Words can’t describe how I feel right now. Lord, I can’t believe this is happening.”
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