Detroit Rescue Mission surprised with donations of toys for children, upgraded WiFi for remote learning

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries provides shelter, meals, showers and clothes for those in need

Detroit Rescue Mission surprised with donations of toys for children, upgraded WiFi for remote learning
Detroit Rescue Mission surprised with donations of toys for children, upgraded WiFi for remote learning

DETROIT – The Detroit Rescue Mission’s Genesis House II is doing amazing things for women and children in Detroit without a place to call home.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the shelter could have easily closed, but instead they stayed open and found new ways to help by offering job training, virtual education for children and more.

What they didn’t know was that the Today Show had a surprise Friday -- in addition to toys being given to every child, Comcast upgraded the shelter’s internet and WiFi for better learning.

You can watch the full Today Show story here.

The computer lab upgrade is a part of a Comcast program called Lift Zones, which aims to help bridge the digital divide in Michigan. Since 2018, more than $5 million has been put into the program, creating hundreds of Wifi-connected zones nationwide.

For more information on the Detroit Rescue Mission, or to donate, click here.

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Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.