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The weather has been fantastic this last week, which is great because I had almost forgotten what the sun looked like after all the rain we have had. That rain plus the warm weather has made the fungi go into overdrive, telling our Swiss chard, tomatoes and squash to take a hike, and eyeing up the potatoes pretty hard. Its ok, the Swiss Chard we had been steady harvesting on since May and it had given all it had to give. The tomatoes and squash had graced us with thousands of pounds of fruit, I’m not feeling disappointed. I have very little to be disappointed about, we finished the season out strong.
Many of you may have seen the TV coverage of the young black Detroiter Davontae Sanford who spent 10 years in prison for a crime he never committed. In June Davontae was set free and able to return to his family (having been in solitary confinement since 2007.)
Last week Davontae joined us at the Meldrum Kitchen to thank so many of the folks who supported him.
After having the wonderful opportunity to do formation work with novices from eight Capuchin provinces across North America, Guam, and Australia for the last five years, I’m beginning a new and exciting assignment with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. For the next several months of orientation, I’ll be working at the different soup kitchen sites in order to see how the whole system works. More importantly, however, I’ll have the chance to meet the great people that are the heart of the ministry. I’m very blessed and grateful to be a part of the community here.
Volunteers are part of the lifeblood of the Services Building. Those that come in to volunteer help provide needed hands that help us to serve those who are in need. Without this valuable resource it would be tough for the Services Building to maintain the level of excellence that we strive to achieve each day. Thus, we are so thankful for our volunteers and our young people who choose to work at the Services Building as part of the youth summer jobs program.
This year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters who are a part of the Grow Detroit Young Talent or GDYT, an initiative that provides summer jobs to the city’s youth, approached us to bring on board some of their youth for job placement. The youth are paid by GDYT, but work at selected sites around the city. We were approached by several organizations to be a site for youth to work at. Three organizations that approached us were Big Brothers and Big Sisters, City Connect and the Detroit Police Cadets program. The three organizations sent us a total of thirteen youth.