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Success Marks the First A Time to Help Project Of The Year

Success Marks the First A Time to Help Project Of The Year

UTICA — The final tally was impressive: 1,281 soup mixes and 334 spice bags.

S.A.Y. Detroit’s A Time to Help army of volunteers held their first project of the year Saturday (Jan. 20) at Motown Soup in Utica, packaging dry soups and other products with the sole intention of helping others in need.

All proceeds from the sales of the soups becomes needed funding for nonprofits to do their work, including S.A.Y. Detroit’s operating partner — the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — which received over $17,000 in funding in 2017, said Dan Karlin, Motown Soup’s longtime volunteer facilitator.

For more than three hours, nearly 40 volunteers, including more than a half dozen who were making Saturday’s project their first-ever ATTH event, were part of several assembly lines packaging, sealing and labeling Motown Soup’s best-selling soups such as Chicken Pot Pie, Tomato Basil, Beef Barley with Vegetables, Lemon Orzo and Chicken Noodle.

“It’s a larger group than we normally have, but we’re happy to see you,” Karlin said. “Your volunteers are eager and are trained well.”

Paul and Janet Skowronski, a recently retired couple from Fraser, registered for Saturday’s event after making last month’s Salvation Army Christmas Party their inaugural ATTH volunteer project.

“Our kids came with us, and it was so much fun that we wanted to do another event,” Janet Skowronski said. “We’re retired, and we’re trying to find things to do. We also do Meals on Wheels on Mondays. It makes you very grateful.”

More information on Motown Soup, including how to purchase its products, can be found

ATTH’s next project is February 17 at Arts & Scraps. Registration for that product will begin Tuesday at

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Muscle Crew II Adds Volunteers, Now More Than 40 Strong

Muscle Crew II Adds Volunteers, Now More Than 40 Strong

What a way to start 2018: Approaching its second year, the Detroit Muscle Crew II is pleased to announce that seven new members have joined our team.

Please welcome the following volunteers to our crew of dedicated skilled trades people and do-gooders: Ken Peterson, Tabitha Mendez, Lonnie Ware, Rich Dixon, Jacklyn Carrico, Kimberly Johnson and Mary Deridder.

Created by S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom in March 2017, the DMCII is a group of volunteers who give their time to support structural and physical maintenance projects for S.A.Y. Detroit’s umbrella of nonprofits.

Last year’s projects included repairing and replacing windows and doors at the Cathedral of St. Anthony’s food and clothing pantry in Detroit; installing trim at the Detroit Water Ice Factory in downtown Detroit (and helping construct its summer pop-up location in Franklin); performing maintenance work on several transportation vehicles used at the S.A.Y. Play Center; landscaping a fence line at the S.A.Y. Play Center, and donating pest control services for Working Homes/Working Families.

This year’s projects will be begin this spring, so please watch your inbox for messages.

Soup’s On with A Time to Help in January 2018

Soup’s On with A Time to Help in January 2018

A Time to Help opens the New Year with a project sure to warm you up: We’ll be packing soup and other dry goods at Motown Soup, a nonprofit that’s based in the lower level at Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica.
Please join us on Jan. 20. Motown Soup is accepting 40 ATTH volunteers — we had a max total of 20 in 2016 — so you know it will be double the fun!
Registration is accepted ONLY at See you then!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m. Clean-up begins at 11:30 am.

Location: 45160 Van Dyke Ave., Utica, MI. 48317 (corner of Hall Road and Van Dyke), in the lower level of Trinity Lutheran Church | Map

Parking: Free parking in lot adjacent to building.

Attire/Other Info:  All volunteers will be “suited” up with aprons, hat and gloves. You’re invited to “shop’’ for soups after the event at discounted prices.

Sign up:


Volunteers Needed: 40

Experiencing Goodness Twice, Charity to Charity

Experiencing Goodness Twice, Charity to Charity

S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic Receives Donated Coats

Highland Park, MI: Lisa Dunn’s act of charity was inspired by another charity that popped up, literally, right down the road from her popular Deja Vu, an upscale designer resale boutique in Franklin.

“When I saw the Detroit Water Ice Factory store in the Franklin Cider Mill parking lot this summer as a pop up, I decided to call to inquire who was behind this fun and great idea,” Dunn said. “Turns out it was Mitch Albom. This did not surprise me due to all his philanthropic work he does for Detroit, so I decided I would have a coat drive and donate all of the coats to S.A.Y. Detroit.”

Dunn collected nearly 30 coats during her two-month campaign, and last Friday (Dec. 15) the items found a home thanks to Dr. Peggy Richardson, medical director of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic in Highland Park. A “holiday store’’ was set up in a meeting room that was outfitted with a mirror and Christmas decorations so the clinic’s female patients can shop for their free coats in style.

Richardson and her staff, including Dr. Keyshia Covington, plan to distribute the coats in the coming days.

“The background of S.A.Y. Detroit really inspired me, and for our first event, I think it was a huge success!’’ Dunn said.

Eco-Sound Pest Management Steps Up for DMCII

Eco-Sound Pest Management Steps Up for DMCII

Of the nearly 30 skilled tradespeople who comprise the Detroit Muscle Crew II, Greg Peterson stands out in the crowd.

It’s not just his commitment to volunteerism; each and every member of the DMCII team donates their services.

It’s what Peterson does. His company — Eco-Sound Pest Management  — is the only one among the group that’s devoted to pest-control management.

So when S.A.Y. Detroit reached out last month to see if he could assist our Working Homes/Working families charity, Peterson not only donated his time, but all the materials needed to complete the job. Eco-Sound is based in Birmingham.

Why the generous donation?

Peterson said it was simply because he was happy to get a call for help and be of assistance.

On behalf of Detroit Muscle Crew II founder Mitch Albom — and all of S.A.Y. Detroit — we thank you, Greg, for your services!

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