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A Time to Help Update – September 2017

A Time to Help Update – September 2017

S.A.Y. Clinic Celebrates Residents, Attracts New Patients, at Health Fair

HIGHLAND PARK, MI — For more than two hours Saturday (Sept. 16), the parking lot just outside the doors of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic was transformed into a vibrant gathering spot for the community.

Called “Healthy Food = Healthy Women,’’ S.A.Y. Detroit hosted its first women’s health fair and open house to increase its outreach and visibility in one of metro Detroit’s most-challenged neighborhoods while also celebrating the good work the clinic has done for the community for the past nine years… continue reading »

 


 

Save the date for October 21, 2017 for our next project. Details to come.

S.A.Y. Clinic Celebrates Residents, Attracts New Patients, at Health Fair

S.A.Y. Clinic Celebrates Residents, Attracts New Patients, at Health Fair

HIGHLAND PARK, MI — For more than two hours Saturday (Sept. 16), the parking lot just outside the doors of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic was transformed into a vibrant gathering spot for the community.

Called “Healthy Food = Healthy Women,’’ S.A.Y. Detroit hosted its first women’s health fair and open house to increase its outreach and visibility in one of metro Detroit’s most-challenged neighborhoods while also celebrating the good work the clinic has done for the community for the past nine years.

The S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, which is located at 211 Glendale Avenue, between Woodward and Hamilton, was established in 2008 by S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom as the nation’s first free medical clinic for homeless and uninsured women and children. Operated by the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the clinic records more than 4,000 patient visits annually.

Area residents who attended the free event – which was run by 20 members of Albom’s A Time to Help volunteer team — were treated to a continental breakfast sponsored in part by Avalon International Breads and Forgotten Harvest. Henry Ford Health System provided free blood pressure and BMI testing, while SASHA Center had a booth set up to distribute information about its sexual assault services nonprofit.

In addition to those donations, S.A.Y. Detroit would also like to thank Dr. Joel Kahn’s GreenSpace Café in Ferndale for distributing free vegetables; My Community Dental Centers for its free giveaways; Smiggins the Clown for entertaining and painting children’s faces; Dr. Richard Keidan of Detroit2Nepal Foundation for his assistance in organizing the event, and the Cooper Standard Foundation for its longtime sponsorship of the clinic.

“Today was a fantastic meeting of our staff, our volunteers, some previous patients and a lot of potential new patients,” Albom said. “We were amazed at how many people still didn’t know about our little gem here, but we’re really pleased at how pleased they were once they found out what it was and I think this will spread the word about our clinic. We also spread the word about healthy eating, and we introduced a lot of people who had never met each other before to one another, which is the best thing you can do.”

Dr. Peggy Richardson, the S.A.Y. Clinic’s medical director, and Dr. Keyshia Covington took residents and guests on tours of the clinic. Chris Skellenger of  Buckets of Rain — an urban garden nonprofit — also informed visitors of its program, which provides homeless shelters with free produce and other food, and has one of its main gardens across the street from the clinic.

“We are trying so hard to let people know in the neighborhood and beyond what we are doing at the clinic,” Richardson said. “We have specialty care for our patients who do not have insurance. Everything that we have is free of charge for them.’’

Albom added: “We were blessed with great weather and this is exactly the kind of outreach that we want to do. We just don’t want to be inside our clinic, inside our doors, we want to be outside our doors telling our community that we can help them and we’re here for them — and we accomplished that today.”

S.A.Y. Detroit Celebrates DRMM Graduation with Giveaways

S.A.Y. Detroit Celebrates DRMM Graduation with Giveaways

Mitch Albom was on hand to represent S.A.Y. Detroit at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries graduation ceremony on August 25th. The annual graduation ceremony is for DRMM residents who have successfully completed their program. At this year’s event, two families were surprised with new homes, and another two families were surprised with new vehicles. Albom presented one of the families, the Jenkins family, with a plaque of their new address.

Catch up on the event:

A Time to Help September 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic

A Time to Help September 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic

Project Description: Volunteers will assist S.A.Y. Detroit staff in hosting “Healthy Food = Healthy Women’’ — a free women’s health fair and open house at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. Volunteers will help set up; serve a continental breakfast; distribute free items and information; and assist in giving clinic tours.

Event Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 8:30am to noon.

Location: S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, 211 Glendale Ave., Highland Park, MI, 48203 | Map

Parking: Off-street parking is available.

Attire/Other Info:  Most activities will take place outside the clinic, under an outdoor tent. We are asking our volunteers to wear ATTH shirts, which will be available at the event if you don’t have one. The health fair begins at 10 am, but volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 8:30 am.

Volunteers Needed: 20.

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

 

It Was a Summer of Success at S.A.Y. Play

It Was a Summer of Success at S.A.Y. Play

S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center‘s “Summer of Success” was an application-only summer camp devoted to promoting campers’ social and emotional learning and physical health. The morning health and wellness programming addressed the building of five core competencies —

  • self-awareness
  • social awareness
  • self-direction
  • decision-making
  • relationship building

around S.A.Y. Play’s  4 core values: LOVING, HARD WORK, EXCELLENCE, RELATIONSHIPS. Each day we worked the soul and worked the body, and events included a family team olympics, mini robotics camp, writing workshops, large and small discussion groups, and field trips to community pools, activity centers, museums, and the Detroit Zoo.

Counselors were employed by Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), a citywide summer jobs program that employs young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 across the city. Programming for our GDYT counselors and older Summer of Success campers included college prep sessions, visits to startup hubs in the heart of Detroit, and college tours in the state and a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. to visit Howard and Georgetown universities.

Check out the highlights at sayplay.org: Part 1 |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4 | Part 5 | DC Tour


 

Touring a Special Center Devoted to Michigan’s Veterans

Touring a Special Center Devoted to Michigan’s Veterans

One of the first projects funded by S.A.Y. Detroit after its founding in 2006 was a new commercial kitchen at the Michigan Veterans Foundation. Eleven years later, Mitch Albom joined MVF Executive Director Tyron Chatman on a tour of the new Detroit Veterans Center (4626 Grand River, Detroit), home to 104 veteran residents. In addition to a state-of-the-art kitchen, the center boasts a computer learning lab named and dedicated in Albom’s honor for S.A.Y. Detroit’s longtime commitment to the nonprofit. The learning lab – which is set to open soon — will enable formerly homeless veterans to learn computer literacy and will include job search activities.

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