Rich in cultural and racial diversity, Detroit contains a notable network of peace and justice advocates and service providers. The city also includes creative Mercy ministries with support from Mercy Associates, Companions, Sisters, and MVC alumni. Mercy Volunteers live in a renovated hundred year old home across from historic Clark Park in a community-oriented and socially-conscious neighborhood known as southwest Detroit’s Mexican Town. Mercy volunteers serving in Detroit can expect to build rich relationships and grow to love the old motor city. There are extensive opportunities for arts and sports lovers, health and reading enthusiasts, and great entertainment. Two cars are provided for community use.
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4-5
Service Site Descriptions
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Mission: To provide excellent college-preparatory Catholic high school education, in the Cristo Rey model, to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School is part of a national organization of Cristo Rey high schools that provide Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited options. The school integrates classroom experience with real-life work experience by partnering with businesses and corporations in metro Detroit. Two volunteers are needed. One volunteer requires teaching certification, as the volunteer would serve as a full-time social studies teacher. A second volunteer is needed as an administrative assistant to the dean, and may also have some opportunities to instruct in extracurricular activities if desired. This second volunteer would have lots of interactions with students and parents. Conversational Spanish may be helpful but is not required.
Skills: Education, Social Studies, Classroom Experience, Student Services, Spanish
Mercy Education Project
Mission: To provide educational opportunities, life skills development, and cultural enrichment for women and girls, who have limited access to resources, to enable them to improve the quality of their lives.
MEP provides after-school one-on-one remedial tutoring, a summer program, and other activities to at-risk girls in 1st-12th grades from southwest Detroit and provides literacy, adult basic education, individualized GED preparation, and job skills training to women from low-income households in Detroit. All programs are designed to help women and girls overcome the stigma of earlier academic failure as they work toward short and long-term goals. A volunteer is needed as a Program Assistant for the Girls’ Program. The Program Assistant will plan and lead structured activities, provide support for program planning and documentation, substitute tutor and help plan and execute family nights, holiday activities, and spring break and summer programs. Conversational Spanish may be helpful but is not required.
St. Frances Cabrini Clinic
Mission: To provide a holistic approach toward meeting the primary health care needs of economically disadvantaged residents of southwest Detroit and beyond. The clinic offers education, prevention, and treatment without charge, but with deep compassion and respect for the people served and their needs.
Cabrini Clinic is a free medical clinic for uninsured and underinsured adults. The clinic is staffed by volunteers who provide primary medical care, mental health care, prescription assistance and other health care and social services to persons in need. A volunteer is needed to serve as a Patient Navigator and Clinic Assistant; acting as a patient intake specialist while supporting pharmacy and clinic activities and organizing events. A volunteer is needed to serve as the key person who supports the ministry of hospitality, compassionate care, administration and clinic support. This person provides patient care at the clinic, assures quality medical records, organizes and works as part of an interdisciplinary team at the clinic. This position has a high level of patient contact, teamwork and direct work with the Executive Director.
Mercy Primary Care Center
Mission: To provide a medical safety net for individuals that are uninsured and require quality healthcare services to improve the quality of life.
Mercy Primary Care Center provides medical services to adults who are newly insured or do not have health insurance. The services are tailored to meet the primary medical needs of the community. Service provided within the center include primary care visits, select lab testing, select diagnostic imaging, health education, specialty referrals, pharmacy, mental health visits and transportation to medical related events. In addition, Mercy Primary Care Center has a shower program dedicated to offering homeless individuals and families a warm shower and clean clothes. A volunteer is needed in a clinical (nurse, medical assistant) or non-clinical capacity to assist with patient engagement, health education, advocacy, and resource navigation.