Author Mitch Albom Helps Raise Money for Metro Detroit Nonprofits

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Author Mitch Albom Helps Raise Money for Metro Detroit Nonprofits
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Author Mitch Albom. (Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/vector_tf.)

Author Mitch Albom recently partnered with the Detroit Free Press and WJR-AM to host a live radiothon to raise money for Detroit community nonprofits at Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan. Many celebrities and politicians joined Albom in this endeavor. Albom's group S.A.Y. (Super All Year Project) Detroit spearheaded the drive, and proceeds will go to several local area groups. Here's where and how the money will be used:

- S.A.Y. Detroit reaches out to homeless people in Detroit. According to Albom's telethon broadcast on WJR, 20,000 people sleep on the streets in Detroit each night. That's not counting those who stay in shelters or missions. Monies raised go toward protecting, feeding, sheltering, and at some point, returning homeless individuals to society.

- A Hole in the Roof: Also started by Albom, the A Hole in the Roof ministry provides resources to repair structures where homeless people are sheltered. Albom got the idea after visiting the I Am My Brother's Keeper Church in Detroit. Despite a huge hole in the ceiling, this faith community continued to provide food and shelter to those in need. The group helps local Detroit faith communities and is currently working to rebuild an orphanage in Haiti.

- S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic is another Albom outreach. S.A.Y. Detroit's clinic was founded in 2008. It's free for homeless and uninsured women and children. The clinic is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It provides free transportation to local county shelters. The clinic is staffed by medical volunteers.

- Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit transitional housing and substance abuse treatment program. DRMM is the 13th largest of its kind in the nation and has eight facilities in Detroit and Highland Park, Michigan. The missions provide food, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, spiritual help, parental support, and education.

- Working Families, Working Homes: This group was developed by S.A.Y. Detroit and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. The purpose of Working Families, Working Homes is to reduce not only homelessness, but also the growing problem of vacant, unsafe structures in Detroit. The mission seeks to get families off the street or out of unsafe, unhealthy dwellings and into safe, clean, usable homes. Volunteers repair and restore abandoned structures in the city.

- Time to Help is a volunteer collective project Albom started in 1997. Time to Help works to feed and shelter the needy, clean up Detroit, repair crumbling structures, and coordinate nonprofit efforts.

- College for Creative Studies is an educational arts school downtown Detroit. Money raised from Albom's telethon will go to help students with tuition and college costs.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marilisa Sachteleben writes about pertinent issues in the state, particularly in its most pivotal and vibrant city of Detroit.

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