On Saturday, October 27, 2012, The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the City of Detroit, Mayor Bing’s office, the Detroit Media Partnership, Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help charity, and Detroit Public Schools worked together to board up 150 houses on Detroit’s west side.
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which successfully conducted its first 100 Houses project in August with Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help Charity and Mayor Bing’s office, was approached by the Detroit Media Partnership and asked to help conduct another project on Make a Difference Day.
“Part of DRMM’s mission is to help rebuild the city of Detroit, and the 100 Houses project aims to do just that,” said Rachael Williams, Director of Volunteer Services for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. “We were happy to join forces to conduct another project. We truly believe that the city of Detroit can be rebuilt, one neighborhood at a time; one life at a time.”
The project, which carried the same 100 Houses title and logo, aimed to help clean up a neighborhood and make the streets safer for Detroit’s youth. With the help of Detroit Public Schools, the project has been able to target neighborhoods near schools, or areas where foot traffic from schools is highest.
“Safety is one of the biggest concerns for our students and their families, and we know that not having a safe route to school can be a major barrier to improving student achievement,” said DPS Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts. “This is why we are so grateful for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the City of Detroit, Mayor Bing’s office, the Detroit Media Partnership and Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help charity for creating the 100 houses. We can’t thank everyone enough for truly making a difference in the lives of our students.”
In addition to securing the safety of neighborhoods, the 100 Houses project is an attempt to unite a community through volunteer efforts while assisting the City of Detroit and the Mayor’s office. HUNDREDS of volunteers turned out for the project on Oct. 27.
Funding for the project on Oct. 27 was championed by Rock Ventures, LLC, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, The Gannett Foundation, Carhartt, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Volunteers began mobilizing at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium at the Cody High School campus, which is the home of three new DPS Detroit Rising Self-Governing Schools.
Several local companies joined the project, including Rock Ventures, LLC, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Carhartt, Belfor, a property restoration company headquartered in Livonia, Mosher and Associates in Birmingham, Blight Busters of Detroit, Re-Construction, Inc. in Detroit, Tamer Plumbing, Home Depot, McDonald’s, Carter’s Landscaping, Starbucks, and Shield’s Pizza. Special thanks to United Way,Oakland University, College for Creative Studies, Arise Detroit, and The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance. For more information about the 100 Houses project or the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, contact 313-993-4700 or go online a twww.drmm.org.