The 100 Houses volunteers are gearing up to board up more abandoned homes in Detroit after the project's successful launch in August, event organizers said.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, 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 will work together to board up 150 houses on Detroit's west side.
The project, which carries the same 100 Houses title and logo, aims 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.
Volunteers will begin 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. The campus is located at 18445 Cathedral Street in Detroit. The goal is to have the 150 Houses boarded up by 3 p.m.
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries 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."
"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. More than 500 volunteers are expected to come out for the project on Oct. 27.
Funding for the project on Oct. 27 is championed by Rock Ventures, LLC, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, The Gannett Foundation, Carhartt, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Abandoned homes have plagued the City of Detroit for quite some time; they are frequently used as refuge by drug dealers, prostitutes, and people seeking shelter, hiding or a place to use drugs, creating potential danger for any passersby.
The 100 Houses project is an attempt to combat this issue.
Several local companies have 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.
The project has also been helped by the 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, call (313) 993-4700 or visit the mission's web site.