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Local Young Professionals Are Sleeping Outside To Raise Money For Detroit's Homeless Youth

Thousands of young Detroiters are homeless on an ongoing basis, and more than 15,000 people in total are estimated to be homeless in the city. On March 23, young professionals will spend one night outside to raise money to help the cause. And what they’re looking to raise is not pocket change, either. The second annual Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition for Covenant House of Michigan is part of a nationwide event taking place that night in 10 cities across North America. Each sleep...

These Special Coats Not Only Keep People Warm, They Also Create New Beginnings

At first glance, it’s a straightforward idea. Coats for the homeless that double as sleeping bags. Sounds like a good idea, right? It has been very successful. But sometimes, success means new challenges. The good work the Empowerment Plan is doing and the demand for it means they’re bursting at the seams of their current location. If you’ve never heard of the Empowerment Plan, since 2011 more than 15,000 of those special coats have been distributed throughout forty states and seven Canadi...

$25k in 24 Hours: Flash Fundraiser Saves BBQ, Builds Pavilion In City

Over the years, a lot of promises have been made to Detroiters. Wonderful this, amazing that. But usually it takes months – or years – if it happens at all. But what about making something happen in a couple days? Is that even possible? Mallory Brown, Crowdrise, some online funders and company partners proved that it can. Yesterday, we told you the story of the CommuniD BBQ and 86,402 Seconds in Detroit. The BBQ has been in the southern part of the Midtown neighborhood (or Cass Corridor) for...

People Of The Internet Raise $17,000 (And Still Counting) In Hours To Save Homeless BBQ

“Detroit is a city that understands hardship,” opens the video. But it also has a lot of people with big hearts who are willing to open their wallets and help. The CommuniD BBQ has been going on for about eight years over at Fourth and Temple, feeding about 200 people every weekend. With all of the changes happening in the area – the new arena and other developments happening in a fast changing Midtown – it looked like the tradition of coming together and feeding the homeless by Elevate Detr...

You Can Help Keep Homeless Feet Warm in Winter Through Art Van’s “Shoe-In” Drive

Plummeting temperatures and intermittent snowfall can turn any city into a winter wonderland, but they can be extremely dangerous for the homeless. To help keep Michiganders in need warm, Warren-based Art Van Furniture is partnering with Cass Community Social Services during the month of January to collect boots and shoes. The public is encouraged to participate in the “Shoe In” campaign by cleaning out their closets and delivering any new or gently used shoes to any of Art Van Furniture’s 39...

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