Motor City Mitten Mission is reaching out to save lives during Michigan’s frigid winter days

Tuesday’s cold snap signals beginning of a mad rush to turn kindness into lifesaving services

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – For some, winter is folly. A cold snap means warm soup, sitting in front of a cozy fire, and watching the outside world from the inside, but to thousands of Michiganders, it means a life and death-struggle to survive the night and sometimes the day.

Motor City Mitten Mission is a non-profit that actively goes out to find homeless people to give them help and get them services.

Many days it’s a welcome kindness, but Tuesday (Jan. 31), on the first of Michigan’s frigid winter days of 2023, it was lifesaving.

Tuesday’s cold snap signals the beginning of a mad rush to turn kindness into lifesaving services.

Paula Tutman and her crew, Joel Deaner, have embedded with a non-profit that actively goes out in search of homeless people.

Their mission is generally about kindness, but as Tutman saw for herself, Tuesday was about saving lives.

At Motor City Mitten Mission’s St. Clair Shores kitchen headquarters, the day starts preparing food for people who are homeless. This is a regular drill, no matter what the thermometer says.

But on days like Tuesday, when the temperature started off in single digits, the work is even more critical. It goes from simple care and kindness to potentially lifesaving.

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About the Authors:

Paula Tutman is an Emmy award-winning journalist who came to Local 4 in 1992. She's a Peace Corps alum who spent her early childhood living in Sierra Leone, West Africa and Tanzania and East Africa.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.