News & Updates from S.A.Y. Detroit

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!

New Record! 6th Annual #SAYDetroit Radiothon Raises Over $1.2 Million

New Record! 6th Annual #SAYDetroit Radiothon Raises Over $1.2 Million

Broadcast live for fifteen hours from The Somerset Collection in Troy, MI, the annual tradition once again proved—with every call, guest interview, and click of the “donate” button—that giving truly is living.

The funds raised help the poor, the homeless, families without homes, children without medical care, students hoping to reach the college of their dreams and veterans who have hit hard times through a daycare center, a free clinic for homeless children and their mothers, a veterans center, a motivational learning center, scholarships, and a housing program for working families.

As Mitch Albom wrote in his recent column, “It’s easy to get cynical at the holidays. We mock how we can care so much a few weeks each December, and be so callous the rest of the year. I don’t see it that way. I see December as who we really are, and the rest of the year as the time we need to remind ourselves of it.”

Thank you for showing us who you are—generous donors, caring volunteers, and a grateful community who have a vested interest in seeing things improve in Detroit.

Michigan Masons Strengthens Commitment To S.A.Y. Detroit

Michigan Masons Strengthens Commitment To S.A.Y. Detroit

Charity in, charity out.

Proving its commitment is stronger than ever, members of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation presented S.A.Y. Detroit its second installment check of $500,000 on Wednesday (Nov. 8).

Led by Michigan Masons Grand Master Josh Woodwyk, a team of Masons representatives — including past Grand Master Bill Finkel, and Walt Wheeler, executive director of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation — spent part of the afternoon visiting the S.A.Y. Play Center at Lipke Park, one of S.A.Y. Detroit’s major programs.

The group met many members of the center, including a trio of young women who debuted a song that they helped write called “Let’s Love’’ accompanied by Notes for Notes program director Dustin Slater on the keyboard.

S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom and S.A.Y. Play executive director Mike Tenbusch guided the Michigan Masons — who are in the second-year of a long-term partnership with the nonprofit — on a tour of the facility, and updated the group on S.A.Y. Detroit’s progress during the past year. The group was also presented with an autographed Matthew Stafford football.

“It was terrific hearing the students tell their personal stories about what the center means to them,” Woodwyk said.

Woodwyk and Wheeler later joined Mitch Albom’s radio show as guests, broadcasted live on Wednesday night from the S.A.Y. Play Center.

Thank you Michigan Masons!

A Time to Help December 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit / The Salvation Army Christmas Party

A Time to Help December 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit / The Salvation Army Christmas Party

A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year is right around the corner. Come join Mitch Albom on Saturday, Dec. 2 to help host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With the help of a generous public, the A Time to Help party gives shelter residents a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop” at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing and toiletries, along with toys for Santa to distribute. The morning will also be filled with fun activities that our volunteers will supervise for the children, including face painting, dancing, caricature drawings, children’s crafts, games and more. The popular “relaxation zone’’ returns again this year for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. So, too, does the opening breakfast snack followed by a fabulous pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. And of course, the highlight of the celebration will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Among the new additions this year will be performances by “Patrick the Magician’’ for the families to enjoy.

Please join us!

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Time: 8 am – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 am to check in, help set up and decorate, and receive their assignments. The party will start at 9:30 am.

Location: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit 48208 | Map

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where shelter residents will “shop’’ for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one life-skills toy such as Legos or educational and family games, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be unwrapped to make sure that each child and parent receives the appropriate and safe new gifts.
Gift Items Requested:

For women: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing — such as nightgowns and two-piece PJ’s — so we are making it a pajama party at the holiday store! The size range requested is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating for the moms include body wash, deodorant, lotion and pump body spray (no aerosol  sprays, please).

Children’s clothing: Pajamas, or other nighttime clothing such as sweat pants and sweat shirts. The ages of the children range from infants to age 14.

Toys: All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his surprise arrival. We are asking for life-skills and educational toys, but age-appropriate electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. The age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11, and 12 to 14.

Another Donation Request: We want to make all of the party rooms and the hallways super festive this year, so if you have any extra holiday decorations to donate or bring for us to borrow for the event — such as wall decorations, holiday lights, centerpieces, etc — that would be great. Please make sure to put your name on your decoration if you’re not donating.

Other Important Information: We are asking all volunteers to refrain from taking photos of the shelter residents/guests and their children unless you know they’ve signed a consent form. It is paramount that we protect their privacy. In addition, The Salvation Army has implemented “Safe From Harm’’ rules for volunteers that apply to their campus. The guidelines will be emailed to each registered volunteer the week of the event.


Volunteers Needed: 75

Higgins Park is Born!

Higgins Park is Born!

City of Detroit, S.A.Y. Detroit, and Cooper Standard Collaborate to Construct Community Playground, Strengthen Neighborhood.

DETROIT, MI — October 11th. In a continuing effort to revitalize city neighborhoods and beautify the community, the City of Detroit teamed with the Cooper Standard Foundation and S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families to build a playground at Higgins Park.

Nearly 120 Cooper Standard volunteers spent more than five hours building a playground, located at 9200 Olivet Street, Detroit, 48209 where Higgins Elementary once stood. On hand were Mayor Mike Duggan and Mitch Albom.

Together with S.A.Y. Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Cooper Standard has led a transformative effort in the city strengthen to neighborhoods, one block at a time, by refurbishing formerly abandoned houses through S.A.Y. Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Family charity. Over the past two years, the foundation — and the employees of Cooper Standard — have added the construction of new playgrounds to its efforts for families in these communities.


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