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Assistance from churches in Wayne County Michigan.

Soup kitchens, child care centers, resale shops, and even financial aid are some of the types of assistance that may be provided by a church in Wayne County. There are parishes scattered across the city of Detroit as well as the county. When in a crisis, or if the applicant is homeless or living in poverty, a church may offer some form of support.

What may be available includes the following. But each organization has their own specific services. Volunteers try to hold fundraisers, or reach out for donations to the public, to offer as much help in Wayne County as possible. But resources are limited.

  • Housing needs, including rent, heating and energy bills, and furniture for a new apartment.
  • Soup kitchens including from St. Leo Catholic Church at 4860 15th Street, Detroit, MI 48208, (313) 897-6565.
  • Shelters for the homeless.
  • Holiday meals, Christmas toys, and Easter baskets.
  • After school child and day care centers manned by volunteers of a local parish.
  • Free food pantries.
  • Applications to government benefits such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

More information on these various services is available below. Any help provided at a church is at their discretion. Since funds are limited, especially for rent or other bills, many members of the community (even those that are desperate) will need to be turned away.

Churches operate emergency as well as overnight shelters in the city of Detroit. Pilgrim Church (1435 Brainard, Detroit, MI 48208, dial (313) 832-0007) and their I Am My Bother's Keeper service combines housing and food from the “Fed and Bed Program”. There are also other shelters available across the county. Some of them are only open during the November to March time-frame when the weather gets very hold. So those locations can keep the homeless safe and secure, and this is what a Warming Center does.





The currently homeless, or people close to it as they are behind on their rent or utilities, can use drop-in-centers and other services. Locations such as Saint Peter - Paul Jesuit Church And The Pope Francis Center (438 Saint Antoine, Detroit, Michigan 48226, dial (313) 961-8077) also helps the homeless and people on the bring of it. Not only can the drop-in-centers provide food, sleeping bags, or cold-weather gear such as hats, but additional help is given too.

Most of this is first come and served, and based on fund-raisers that the community holds. This is what may allow a church to help pay a past due heating bill or rent. Or one of the many local churches in Wayne County Michigan may offer support to the homeless so they can get to a job opportunity. This is when the bus tickets as well as gasoline vouchers come into play.

Detroit churches also feed the low income during the holidays (Easter, thanksgiving, and Christmas). These are open to the public, homeless, and anyone in need. Volunteers may serve a free meal, and there are also donation drives held for new toys and Christmas gifts.

Many working poor families, especially those with kids, rely on these services for additional holiday support. The Westminster Church Of Detroit is at 17567 Hubbell Street, Detroit, MI 48235 (dial (313) 341-2697) and they have both a free Thanksgiving meal and offer more support. The clothing closet/resale shop may also have gently worn clothes or gifts for children. Find how to get free Christmas gifts.

Some churches in Detroit cater to the older population. There is assistance for senior citizens as well as retirees in the community. Saint Christopher Catholic Church (address is 7800 Woodmont Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48228, phone (313) 584-7460) is one such location. They serve meals as part of the Congregate Meals/Nutrition Site For Older Adults service.

Senior citizens can also take part in the other activities available. There may be local recreational activities held by a church. Local trips are arranged and social events. Members of the community that deal with social services also can speak at a church. This allows a senior citizen to learn about assistance such as applying for Medicare, rental vouchers or low income housing, and other benefits such as SSI disability payments.

Vouchers may be offered from some sites, such as New Bethel Baptist Church. This is one such location. They are at 8430 C L Franklin Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48206, phone (313) 894-5788). They may help pay for some food items, and rare still vouchers are used to pay for gasoline or other critical needs of the poor in Detroit.





With child care being so expensive in Wayne County and nationwide, child care centers are located at some Detroit area churches. Peoples Missionary Baptist Church is at 3000 McDougall, Detroit, MI 48207, dial (313) 579-2034. The center will arranged the parent (no matter their income) to get affordable, supervised care. There is assistance for both after school and daytime drop in centers. Parents, including single moms or dads, can enroll infants, toddlers, young teenagers and children at a church run center.

People in need in Wayne County can get referred to a church (or other program) near them. A contact form is, and applicants can find how to get help.

By Jon McNamara

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