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 would serve as a full-time social studies teacher. It is not essential that the volunteer has a teaching certificate, but should have a college degree in Social Studies or the Social Sciences for this position. A second volunteer is needed as an administrative assistant to the dean and an active leader in campus ministry. This second volunteer would have ongoing interactions with students and parents. Conversational Spanish may be helpful but is not required.
Skills: Education, Social Studies, Classroom Experience, Student Services, Spanish
Community & Home Supports
Mission: Serves Detroit and its surrounding communities by helping families and individuals live better, more independent lives in the community.
Community & Home Supports believes every person has a right to live with housing stability and to live with positive, daily routines. Their services include: helping the homeless or those in housing crises resettle in affordable and sustainable homes and providing in-home support services to senior adults and those with disabilities or special needs to help them live independently. A volunteer is needed as housing specialist to meet with clients to assess their housing needs and assist with addressing any barriers they may have to attain stable housing and independent living.
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.
Detroit People’s Water Board
Mission: Water is life. The People’s Water Board advocates for access, protection, and conservation of water. We believe water is a human right and all people should have access to clean and affordable water. Water is a commons that should be held in the public trust free of privatization. The People’s Water Board promotes awareness of the interconnectedness of all people and resources.
18,000 Detroit households faced water shutoffs in 2017 under the policies of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The Detroit Peoples Water Board Coalition (PWB) is an umbrella of 30+ agencies coming together to fight for the right to access public, safe, and affordable water. Most coalition members are grassroots organizations already engaged in social justice work like combating environmental racism, increasing low-income housing, raising awareness of human rights abuses, crafting education reform, and building resources to mitigate poverty. PWB seeks a dedicated volunteer to work alongside Detroit’s most experienced and effective community organizers, assist in coordinating issue forums, represent PWB at local meetings, and promote water rights work via social media. The volunteer will also offer direct advocacy services to assist Detroiters to resolve outstanding water bills.