In Our Neighborhood

Faith@Work – Catholic Books, Gifts, and Cafe

Our favorite Catholic bookstore is just around the corner at 1977 E. Wattles in the Infinity Square Plaza. They stock over 850 titles, as well as gift items including jewelry, rosaries, art, First Communion gifts, and crucifixes. They also sell Capuchin baked goods and Canticle Cafe coffee and candles. There are great T-shirts with faith-based messages and even Christian CDs and videos. Best of all, Faith@Work is non-profit; all realized profits support charitable causes in our neighborhood and worldwide. Hours are Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10-5, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10-7.

Street Ministry at St. Aloysius

St. Aloysius is seeking volunteers to serve the homeless and hungry on the streets near the church. They also seeks groups to make food to be handed out.  They are located on Washington Boulevard in Detroit. Please email Mike Carstens or give him a call at 313-237-5810 to discover how you can help.

Mary’s Mantle

Mary’s Mantle is a local Catholic residential home for expectant mothers that are in need of shelter and support. The home serves women of all faiths that are at least 18 years old. Our hope is that by immersing them in an environment rich in love, compassion, faith and positive role models they will grow in self confidence and self knowledge, and will work towards a better way of life for themselves and their babies. Donations can be made payable to Mary’s Mantle and sent to P.O. Box 115, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0115.

Matchan Soup Kitchen

For a number of years a group of people from our parish have assisted once a month at the Matchan Soup Kitchen in Pontiac. This center is operated by the St. Vincent de Paul society and a number of churches offer their services to help in the preparation and serving of the NOON meal. This particular Soup Kitchen operates two days a week. Our group is in need of some additional volunteers on the second Thursday of the month. The time commitment is from 8:30 am (when they leave from Troy) until about 2:00 pm (when they return). A few hours a month to serve the poor and hungry would be a wonderful gift of giving. If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer as a substitute, please call Maggie at 248-524-9854.

The Troy Community Coalition

A local community-based nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote a lifestyle free from the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The Coalition provides programs and activities for youth and adults throughout the year that support positive youth development and responsible adult role modeling for community members. Prevention and treatment materials such as brochures, bookmarks, flyers and videos are available at the Coalition office in addition to alcohol and drug test kits for home use. Annual events include the Faith Community Prayer Breakfast, Incredible Kid Recognition, Smoking Cessation Class, Responsible Alcohol Beverage Server (TIPS) training, and the annual Celebrity Night Dinner. For more information about the Coalition visit their website or call the office at 248 823-5088.

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

The local Meals on Wheels service is in need of volunteer drivers, Monday through Friday at lunchtime. As a driver you would do only one day a month. Substitutes are also needed. Call Sandy at 248-689-6663 to volunteer. If you would like more information, email Terry or give her a call at 248-879-7321.

Believe In Miracles

Believe In Miracles is a 501 C(3) non-profit Michigan Charity started in 2005 and inspired by a young girl named Jenna who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. The mission of Believe in Miracles is to enrich the lives of Michigan children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.  Believe in Miracles will meet the needs of suffering children by providing necessities or a fun-filled gift and bringing joy and hope to their lives. For more information you can visit their website.

St. Mary’s Clothes Closet (Royal Oak)

Those in need may shop once a month for gently used clothing.  Open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 12.  They also accept donations of CLEAN, Gently used men’s and women’s clothing during specific hours.  248.547.1818. 730 Lafayette, Royal Oak, 48073.

SS. Peter & Paul Warming Center (open late September thru early May)

438 St. Antoine Street, Detroit 48226, 313.961.8077

Serving a warm meal each day to those, many living off streets, to come in and be warm. Always in need of large portions of food to make meals to serve 60-80 people.  Also need: Men’s white sox, coffee, Peanut butter & Jelly, and bathroom tissue.  NO clothing accepted.

All Saints Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

At 7824 W. Fort Street in Detroit, this care center has an ongoing need for volunteers, and will be pleased to match your skills to their needs. Just call Denise Balogh at 313-841-1428, ext. 5, to join them in serving those in need.

St. Dominic Outreach Center

Provide emergency food is the core mission: collecting non perishable – nutrition based food.  We are also in need of Clean, Quality clothing.  Men’s and children’s clothing are always the highest need.  New, WARM blankets are in high need during the cold months.  During the holidays we need new items for holiday baskets.  During August – we need back to school supplies.  Contact Sherron Jenkins @ 313.831.6070 for more information.

Your Christian Service Project Goes Here!

If you know of a Christian Service activity in our neighborhood that deserves our recognition and could use our support, send it to Kim Houseman for consideration.