A Group of Non Profit Charities to Help Improve the Lives of Detroit's Neediest
S.A.Y. Detroit was formed as a result of a story Mitch Albom read during the Detroit Super Bowl week in February, 2006. The story noted that the homeless in Detroit would be given a special Super Bowl “party” to keep them off the streets for the big weekend, but would be put back on the streets come Monday morning. Albom was disturbed by this and went public with a plea to do as much for the homeless the rest of the winter as the city was willing to do for a weekend. He spent a night in a shelter to call attention to the issue. The response was overwhelming, and enough money was increae hours of shelter operation, buy a van, hire a medical professional, purchase beds, and build a day-care center for children of homeless women.
Soon, S.A.Y. Detroit (which stands for Super All Year Detroit) was a fully formed 501© (3) charity. It now distributes money to shelters in Detroit for projects specifically designed to help the plight of those in need. Its projects to date include the building of a state-of-the-art kitchen at the Michigan Veterans Foundation shelter and a day-care center at COTS for children of homeless women.
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Last year, it was nothing more than a dusty storage area. Old pipes. Dirty walls. Dim lighting. Boxes piled high. It was the southeastern corner of a homeless shelter building operated by the Michigan Veterans Foundation.
Through these doors come 160 veterans a day, men who have served this country, worn the uniform, in some cases taken bullets or shrapnel, and who are now, for whatever reason, homeless.
"We could really use a kitchen," the executive director, Tobi Geibig, told me back then.
"Where would you put it?" I asked.More