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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…)

Working Homes, Families Builds a Neighborhood

Working Homes, Families Builds a Neighborhood

DETROIT — In a matter of weeks, Jesse White Sr. will be moving his family from their one-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house with a backyard and trees that are as old as its east side Detroit neighborhood.

“This isn’t just a house, it’s a home,” said Chanel Roland-White, Jesse’s wife, who’s pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

Thursday was a special day for Detroit – and a groundbreaking one at that. (more…)