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 Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, Companions, and MVC alumni. Mercy Volunteers live in a community-oriented and socially-conscious neighborhood known as southwest Detroit’s Mexican Town, within walking distance of Clark Park. Volunteers 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.
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4
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 provides 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. A volunteer is needed as an administrative assistant to the dean and an active leader in campus ministry. This volunteer will have ongoing interactions with students and parents. Conversational Spanish would be a great asset but is not required.
Community & Home Supports
Mission: To help 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.
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, providing hospitality, acting as a patient intake specialist, supporting pharmacy and clinic activities, and organizing events. This position has a high level of patient contact and teamwork. Bilingual (Spanish or French) preferred.