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.
Winter warming shelters in Washtenaw County open ahead of schedule
The county’s main warming shelter, the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County’s Delonis Center, has cut its normal capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing. The Shelter Association also confirmed this week the receipt of additional funding that will facilitate hotel stays for medically fragile clients. This helped the shelter prioritize housing placements for its clients at the Red Roof Inn, according to Dill. Starting Monday, 25 clients staying at Red Roof Inn will be moved to other shelter accommodations. In a Facebook post on Friday, the group criticized the move to switch to warming center programming, citing the county’s approval to redevelop the Red Roof Inn site.
Musicians develop cover album to benefit Detroit homeless shelter
DETROIT – A group of musicians, including Detroit-based band Sponge, are coming together to help raise money for the Pope Francis Shelter in Detroit. Sponge, which has been performing since the 1990s, usually plays for a benefit concert at St. Andrews Hall every year. In lieu of the usual performance, the band is working with other local musicians to develop a fundraiser record album -- a vinyl record. Sponge lead singer Vin Dombroski, said six Detroit bands and artists are contributing to the album. “We know that the pandemic has affected the music community more than any other industry, so the fact these musicians were committed to coming together and helping the Pope Francis center means the world to us,” said Chris Harthen with Pope Francis Shelter.
Ann Arbor womens shelter: No spike in domestic violence cases during COVID-19 pandemic. Heres why.
According to Niess-May, the following factors may be contributing to domestic abuse cases not being reported:Fear of calling 911. By using isolation as a method to cut off family and friends, the abusive partner has a greater amount of control in the relationship. Survivors do not have a chance to reach out for support, especially with the stay home order in place. By using isolation as a method to cut off family and friends, the abusive partner has a greater amount of control in the relationship. Once an assailant uses the tactics, survivors learn quickly what the assailant is capable of, and will continue to believe that they could use the tactics.