(SUPER ALL YEAR DETROIT)
A Group of Non Profit Charities to Help Improve the Lives of Detroit's Neediest
S.A.Y. DETROIT CLINIC PREPARES TO CELEBRATE
TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Above: Chad Audi, Mitch Albom, and
Jim McElya (Cooper Standard Automotive chief)
cut the ribbon to
open the clinic On Dec 17th 2008
On December 17th, the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health
Clinic will Mark its two year anniversary, having served homeless
children and their mothers non stop for 24 months. The clinic
remains the only one in its kind in the united states and is proud
to have grown from its humble beginnings to multi-faceted operation.
With the recent economic downturn, the clinic is in even more dire
need of contributions than ever. Thank you for considering helping
us serve Detroit's most needy citizens.
Below: Guests, Media, and Clients on the clinic's opening day
Release - 12/17/2008
On Wednesday, December
17 at 3:00pm, S.A.Y. Detroit, the organization formed by Mitch Albom
to aid the homeless in Metro Detroit, will open the city’s first
ever free medical clinic dedicated solely to homeless children and
To mark the occasion,
free flu shots will be given to all children in need from 3 p.m. to
7 p.m. that day, along with diabetes screening and blood pressure
testing to their mothers. The media are invited to attend this
opening and view the operation and facilities, which have been
refurbished, equipped and decorated through the efforts of S.A.Y.
Detroit, A Time To Help volunteers, and numerous charitable
contributions from local citizens and businesses.
This clinic was created
independent of city funding. Its entire existence is thanks to
the generosity and hard work of local citizens and businesses.
Operated in cooperation
with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and located at 211
Glendale, Highland Park, the new S.A.Y. Detroit Children’s &
Women’s Clinic will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, as a
place where homeless families can seek basic medical attention.
The clinic will be
operated, in its initial stage, with a staff of nurse practitioners
and on-call physicians - including
a pediatrics specialist, OB/Gyn specialist, and a nutritionist - to attend to basic
medical needs and testing of homeless children and mothers, with a
specific eye towards their most common problems.
WHY THE NEED?
In the Detroit area, over 550,000 individuals are without health
insurance. Close to 100,000 of these individuals are children ages
10 and under. There is a growing population of children within the
city of Detroit going without healthcare coverage. Challenged by
transportation issues, poor finances and a lack of information
regarding available options, the parents and guardians of these
children too often cannot locate—and thus forgo—preventative
healthcare for these most vulnerable members of our community. This
means that immunizations are not received, minor health issues
become exacerbated, and the health needs of these children are too
often handled in a crisis situation in a Detroit area emergency
The Children’s & Women’s Clinic is designed to provide maintenance
and preventative healthcare for children who are underinsured.
As this generally means their parent or guardian is also uninsured,
we will also provide maintenance and preventative healthcare for
adult women (whether single or part of a family). Open 24/7, 365
days a year, the clinic will accept walk-ins and will also operate
a pick-up service at numerous Detroit area shelters.
Because homeless children are living
in shelters or on the streets, without the most basic things we take
for granted, basic check-ups, inoculations, even a doctor’s
examination, are often out of reach. And parents of homeless
children are often reluctant to take their kids to hospitals out of
shame or fear that their homelessness will lead to the child being
At the S.A.Y. Detroit
Children’s & Women’s Clinic, services will be FREE OF CHARGE to all
children and adult women who are uninsured or under-insured. The
Clinic will provide a wide range of free health services. On-site
diagnostic equipment will assist the medical professionals in
addressing a variety of health conditions, and health education is
will be provided on site for individual clients and small groups.
ABOUT S.A.Y. DETROIT
S.A.Y. Detroit was
formed by author and columnist Mitch Albom as a result of a story he
read during the Detroit Super Bowl week in February, 2006. The story
noted that the homeless in Detroit would be given a special Super
Bowl “party” to keep them off the streets for the big weekend, but
would be put back on the streets come Monday morning. Albom was
disturbed by this and went public with a plea to do as much for the
homeless the rest of the winter as the city was willing to do for a
weekend. He spent a night in a shelter to call attention to the
issue. The response was overwhelming, and enough money was raised to
increase hours of shelter operation, buy a van, hire a medical
professional, purchase beds, and much more.
Soon, S.A.Y. Detroit (which stands for Super All Year Detroit) was a
fully formed 501© (3) charity. It now distributes money to shelters
in Detroit for projects specifically designed to help the plight of
those in need. Its projects to date include the building of a
state-of-the-art kitchen at the Michigan Veterans Foundation shelter
and a day-care center at COTS for children of homeless women. The
new Medical Clinic is its latest undertaking, and was made possible
largely through the generosity and hard work of Cooper Standard
Automotive and its CEO, Jim McElya.
ABOUT DETROIT RESCUE
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is a private,
non-profit organization serving the residents of the inner city of
Detroit: the homeless, hungry, chemically addicted, and mentally
ill. Founded in 1909, the DRMM is the largest rescue mission in the
nation. The DRMM provides shelter, supportive servicies, case
management, substance abuse treatment, housing, food and fellowship
to thousands of men, women, and children each year. Our mission is
to "rebuild the inner city one life at a time".