Yesterday, 10 of us went to Detroit at 9:30 am to delivery 195 scarves, 13 hats, and 2 headbands. As we were getting in the vans, one of them wouldn’t turn on because the battery was dead! So Emily nicely drove some people in her own car. We first met at ETS (Ecumenical Theological Seminary) in Detroit for a couple hours to make up the necessity holiday bags (75 men’s and 75 women’s). There were many different chapters of Masons there, and this was their big holiday project. They were all extremely appreciative of our donations and kept saying how much they loved our scarves! They talked with us a lot and said if we ever need help, they will be willing! We had some extras because some other people brought in scarves, also, but they said they will use the leftovers for their next project in January.
The holiday bags, full of deodorant, toothpaste, food, scarves, hats, and gloves were delivered to the NSO-Tumani Center in Detroit on 3430 Third Avenue. Originally, we were going to be handing out the bags ourselves and meeting the homeless people, but one we arrived, they decided it was too dangerous because there had been problems there lately. Even their group wouldn’t let their own women go in; they had 5 men hand them out. It was a let down, but we were still lucky enough to see the outside of the center and see some of the homeless people standing outside waiting.
It was interesting to see how different the homeless population is from Ann Arbor and Evanston. They have really been neglected and it is sad that very few people try to help. It is usually only people who actually live in Detroit, but very few.
Overall, it was very successful and hopefully we will join efforts with them again! We were lucky that Ayiba and Wendy found out about this group and referred us to Shantelle, an admissions officer at U of M.