Calvin Johnson Jr., Detroit Bishop Edgar Vann named Grand Marshals of America’s Thanksgiving Parade
The Parade Company announced Thursday that NFL Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr. and Detroit Bishop Edgar Vann will be Grand Marshals for the 95th annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White.
Food-raiser provides 500 meals for those in need in Detroit
DETROIT – A Detroit ministry gave away 500 meals to anyone in need on Christmas, supporting restaurants while doing it. The Habit of Kindness Food-raiser was provided by Deo Gratias Ministries. READ: Detroit convent sets up charity that helps local businesses, families stay afloatOn Friday, the meals were given away at two locations in Detroit to anyone who needed a Christmas dinner. The ministry raised more than $30,000. And we’ll do it again when people need a good meal,” said Sister Shelley Jeffrey with Deo Gratias Ministries.
Focus: HOPE donates thousands of meals to seniors across Metro Detroit
DETROIT – With so many people out of work, the need is great this holiday season. Local organizations -- like Focus: HOPE -- are trying to ease the burden one meal at a time. Loretta Brown is one of hundreds -- yes, hundreds -- of volunteers working with Focus: HOPE to bring food to low income seniors across Metro Detroit. “So we’ll have the turkey, produce, stuffing -- all things for a holiday meal -- and not just for Christmas, but hopefully a few more days before and after that,” said Focus: HOPE Food Program Director Frank Kubik,Saturday, Focus: Hope delivered 1,400 special holiday boxes. “They said, ‘No problem!’ They stepped up and said they’ll do what needs to be done.”You can donate to Focus: HOPE on its official website here.
Metro Detroit hospice helps track down special gift for dying father to give to his son
Seasons Hospice in Metro Detroit went above and beyond the call of duty to grant a young father’s wish. Scott LaPointe is a 42-year-old father with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He’s in home hospice care because his body is failing him, but he won’t fail his 11-year-old son, Alex. She mentioned her search to LaPointe’s music therapist with Seasons Hospice and she managed to track down a copy. Seasons Hospice Foundation, which grants wish fulfillment, had a link with the publisher and a week later, therapist Jennifer Fromius handed LaPointe what he wanted to leave his son.
Car parade celebrates woman’s 100th birthday in southwest Detroit
DETROIT – The city of Detroit got involved to help make Doris Barnes’ birthday special on Thursday. The mother of five celebrated her 100th birthday. A car parade included family, the Detroit Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Watch the full report in the video above. View more: Community news
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. 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.
52 years later: IBM apologizes for firing tech pioneer, former UM professor for coming out as trans
Conway was a trailblazer in technology and transgender rights. She was fired from IBM in 1968 before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that transgender people are included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “Pretty much immediately fired,” Conway recalled. “Because of what happened, the way it happened, I didn’t see my kids again until they were adults,” Conway said. In 2020, 52 years after Conway was fired, IBM awarded her with a lifetime achievement award and apologized.
Motor City Match winner celebrates opening of nail salon in Detroit
DETROIT – The Motor City Match program has helped more than 13,000 businesses in Detroit, ranging from boutiques to nail salons. On Monday, a Motor City Match winner celebrated the opening of her nail salon located in the basement of an apartment building on Second Avenue. After spending years working at salons in the suburbs, she wanted to bring the luxury to the city. Vang said getting to this day took over two years, dealing with a variety of hurdles such as the coronavirus pandemic. As I always say, I want to serve the city that have raised me.
Party-goers trash skating park in southwest Detroit
DETROIT Skateboarders are not fine with party-goers trashing a local park after a long weekend. The whole field basically filled with trash, said local skater Paolo Delapena. There were alcohol bottles and food boxes all over the skating park. Casem pointed out its not from the community that uses the park, but instead outsiders who have found a new hang out spot. While skaters are fine with sharing the park, they want visitors to do their part in keeping it clean.