NEWS fromDetroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4542; cell 313-212-5636
Detroit, MI- Men from one of Detroit’s most historic and prominent church congregations this week will launch their first ever “Ministry of Presence” at Detroit’s Ella Fitzgerald PreKindergarten through Grade Eight School.
Members of the Hartford Men United (“HMU”) from Hartford Memorial Baptist Church will visit the school, 8145 Puritan Ave., on Wednesday, March 19 for an 8:00 a.m. Orientation and Walk-Through. Fitzgerald parents and guardians will have an opportunity to learn about the program at a 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 Orientation. Program activities will commence shortly thereafter in early April.
The partnership comes after a recent visit to the church by General Superintendent Connie K. Calloway, Ph.D. “Detroit Public Schools is committed to seeking ways to encourage all stakeholders to enhance current efforts and create new and responsive programs such as this one to meet our students’ needs. The mentoring and support of successful adults is essential to assuring the success of our young people,” Dr. Calloway said.
Hartford Deacon Joseph Adams envisioned the new ministry, the only such school partnership for the HMU, as one embracing the concept of “presence” and an opportunity to add to the number of adult males present in the schools. Deacon Adams said the project goal is “to show our children that we are concerned with them and we love them. We’re going in with open minds (and will undertake) whatever needs to be done, to establish positive relationships with the young people.”