News & Updates from Working Homes/Working Families

$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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A New Home for the Love-Wilkerson’s After Tragedy

A New Home for the Love-Wilkerson’s After Tragedy

Shirley Love and her husband Montez Wilkerson of Bessemore received the keys to their new home earlier today after a fire destroyed their previous home and took the life of the their three-year-old great nephew. Since the fire nearly three months ago, the Love-Wilkerson’s had been staying with relatives, unsure when they would get back on their feet.

Through the Working Homes/Working Families program, a joint operation between S.A.Y. Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the Love-Wilkerson’s are getting a hand up on getting a fresh start. (more…)

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