The mission of A Hole in the Roof Foundation is to help faith and relief groups of every denomination who care for the homeless and/or victims of disasters. A Hole in the Roof aims to help build or provide funds to repair the spaces in which they offer services. The roots of the Foundation – which also inspired its name – is the I Am My Brother’s Keeper church in Detroit, MI. Here, despite a gaping hole in the roof through which rain and snow fell on the congregation, the pastor tended to his community, providing spiritual nourishment and a sanctuary for the needy.
A Hole in the Roof Foundation furthers that spirit by raising and distributing funds to help pay for repairs and rebuilding infrastructure. The repairs of the crumbling but vibrant I Am My Brother’s Keeper church were completed in December 2009 with the generous donations of readers across the globe who first read about the story in Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith.
A Hole in the Roof has, for the last six years, been the primary fundraiser for the rebuilding of the Have Faith Haiti Mission/Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2014, the foundation donated over 40 boats to the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation in their “Adopt a Fisherman” program, providing boats to the small scale fishermen in the Philippines who lost their boats during typhoon Haiyan so that they can return to their livelihood. The Foundation is also spearheading a new initiative to rebuild school libraries in Tacloban with the National Book Store Foundation, which you can learn about here.
We will distribute any and all funds based on applications, need and the most good they can do.
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It’s not everyday that you’ll find Fr. Gary Wright kneeling beside a concrete pit in the basement of his 168-year-old church. But this was a special occasion. Wright wanted to show a visitor exactly how the proceeds from a $5,000 donation from Mitch Albom’s Hole in...read more
A children’s library opened Friday in the central Philippines. But it symbolizes so much more than that. In November 2013, a super typhoon flattened areas of the country, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing thousands more. When author Mitch Albom visited the...read more
When Charlotte Coleman submitted an application earlier this year to A Hole in the Roof Foundation on behalf of Christ Temple Apostolic Church, she was stunned by the immediacy of the response. “Let me tell you, normally that doesn’t happen,” said Coleman, chairperson...read more