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 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.
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. The volunteer provides patient care at the clinic, assures quality medical records, and organizes supply chains and dynamic projects 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. Bilingual (Spanish or French) strongly preferred.
Dominican Literacy Center
Mission: To provide a tutoring service and conducive learning environment, which will help adults improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, mathematics, and basic computer.
The Dominican Literacy Center is an adult literacy program which offers free one-to-one tutoring and small group classes in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED preparation, and online educational opportunities. Most students enter the program reading at a 3rd or 4th-grade level. A volunteer is needed as a community outreach and computer lab coordinator. The volunteer will work to promote the services available, recruit volunteers, and assist with the tutor/volunteer matching. Additionally, the volunteer will be responsible for monitoring the computer lab and assisting students in computer literacy and progress of online software.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Earthworks & Services Center
Mission: Inspired by the life and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we tend to people’s basic needs, especially the need for food, strive to stimulate minds and nourish spirits, and work to understand and address root causes of social injustice in our community.
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a network of services that meets the deep needs of Detroit’s Eastside. Due to seasonal demands, a volunteer is needed to support staff at two locations. Earthworks Urban Farm sits on 2.5 acres of certified organic land. They seek to build a just, food system through education, inspiration, and community development. Nearby is the Capuchin Services Center. They serve 228,000 neighbors annually with emergency food, clothing, and supportive services. The volunteer will focus on daily support of each site’s initiatives, and Earthworks’ curriculum development and evaluation.
Skills: Healthcare, Hospitality, Administrative Support, Patient Care
Skills: Education, Computer Literacy, Outreach Coordination, Team Player
Skills: Urban agriculture, Environment, Case management, Urban planning, Administrative support, Social work, Programming, Resource facilitation