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5 Detroit Charities You May Not Know About

There are a lot of wonderful charities working to make Detroit a better place. Some of them have been making it into the press lately and getting the recognition they deserve. However, there are also a number of charities that are sometimes less visible and also doing a lot of good work. Let’s take a look at some of these.

1. Freedom House Detroit

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a country like the United States. Not everyone has that opportunity and many risk their lives trying to leave their native homes in search of a better life. Freedom House works with legal refugees from other countries trying to get asylum here.

They asylum process is long and difficult. This organization works with the families to provide English instruction, food, temporary shelter and assistance in finding jobs. It helps these people become productive so that they can contribute to our society and benefit from the freedoms that this country provides.

2. Detroit Public Safety Foundation

Public safety in Detroit is still a concern. We have a large city with not enough time and money to do all that is needed. The Detroit Public Safety Foundation helps our Police and Fire departments fund programs to help the public. The foundation helps in many ways, from things like providing office equipment and needed software to developing and securing funding for community programs.

3. PBJ Oureach

PBJ Outreach, based in Plymouth, works with the poor in the Detroit area by providing food and clothing. It started with the serving of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches to the homeless people in Detroit after the founder was inspired by seeing someone do the same in Boston.

It started with feeding 30-40 people in Cass Corridor, and now it is up to 250-350 people every week. You can help them by donating or volunteering to keep up the good work.

2. Penrickton Center for Blind Children

This non-profit is proud to say that they operate solely based on donations. The Penrickton Center for Blind Children is in Taylor and has been providing day care and live in help for blind, multi-disabled children since 1952. Not only do they provide help to families with these children, but they do it absolutely free of charge. The fact that they’re able to do this without receiving any state, federal or insurance funding is a sign that their donor base is amazing and I’m sure they’d love to keep that going into the future.

The center helps the children through learning activities and works to make the children as independent as possible. They also help the families of the children learn to work with the disabilities and provide a number of other benefits.  I’ve spent some time here the past two Christmas seasons and am thrilled I had the opportunity to help and visit.

The center is warm and inviting and you can tell the children there are happy and getting the additional care and love they need.

1. Matrix Human Services

You may not have heard of Matrix Human Services, but their impact can be seen all over Detroit. They are working towards breaking the generational cycle of poverty in the city of Detroit and the surrounding communities. When donating to them, you can expect 90% of your donation going directly to those who need it.

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Matrix Center on E McNichols a while ago and it was great to see how hard they work with the community to help those in need. In one location they have after school programs, a food pantry, community classes for computer literacy, counseling, training and more. If you haven’t looked into what they offer yet, check it out and consider donating to an organization helping Detroiters on a daily basis.


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