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Serving the Poor and Homeless in Downtown Detroit

The Fort Street Presbyterian Church Open Door Ministry has had the privilege of serving God's people for over 35 years! Every Thursday we open our doors to serve a hearty meal to over 400 people who are homeless or cannot afford food. Also, each person leaves with sandwiches for later in the day. During the last year, 21,000 meals were served to homeless and poor people. In addition, clothing, showers, medical services, and haircuts are available. A social worker provides counseling for assistance benefits. Job postings are made available in the local area. With your help, lives have been touched or changed.

A few examples of how the Open Door has helped people are:

  • a senior citizen was able to get into low-income housing
  • a young man was able to successfully complete an alcohol treatment program
  • a homeless woman was given the guidance and referrals she needed to care for her mental health
  • two teenage brothers were given bus tickets to get back home to Georgia
  • a mother was given food and clothing for her family while she was struggling to find work...
  • the list goes on and on.

For more information call 313-961-4533 and ask for Benjamin Ogden.

The Generosity of Many Can Sustain Us

Here are some quotes from our volunteers and donors:

  • "I've been a volunteer for thirty years now."
  • "If you need me all you have to do is call"
  • "My dog lives better than most of our guests. How can this be happening today in our country?"
  • "I've realized how blessed I am and I just wanted Open Door to have this gift."

If You Have Time to Help on Thursday Mornings

Church members and other people in the community willing to serve are requested to offer their time and talents during our new Praise Services in the Stapleton Chapel from 8:30-9:00 a.m. on Thursdays. If you have an instrument you would like to play, a song you would like to sing or lead, a prayer or testimony or devotion you would like to share, it would greatly be appreciated.

People are also needed from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. to serve food as well as distribute clothing and shoes.

It would be good for our guests to build deeper relationships with church members so that they may feel comfortable to visit us on a Sunday morning. Maybe you can make a once-a-month commitment to assist? Regular volunteers (who are all from other churches besides Fort Street) say they always leave feeling blessed!

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