Say Detroit and say something amazing!

Bettering the lives of Detroit’s neediest  at every age

The idea of S.A.Y. Detroit is in its letters: Super All Year

It was formed in February, 2006, after author and journalist Mitch Albom went public with a plea to do as much for the homeless all year as the city was doing over one Super Bowl weekend. He spent a night in a shelter to call attention to the issue. The response was overwhelming, and S.A.Y. Detroit became a fully-formed 501(c)(3) charity that serves as an umbrella organization for major programs to improve the lives of Detroit’s neediest citizens—from cradle to career, and beyond.

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OUR 100 % PROMISE. Every dollar of your tax deductible gift goes directly to our programs. No administrative costs!

News & Updates

Engaging Educational Therapy in the Heart of Detroit

Tapping into what inspires their students, Walnut Lake School is nurturing educational success here in the heart of Detroit.

Filling Buckets of Hope

Sure, there was a sprinkle here and there but Buckets of Rain made sure our 20-member group kept busy.

A Mother’s Love Rebuilds Avalon and Communities

Created out of a love of a sister, Dutton Farm is building opportunity and acceptance right here in the heart of Detroit.

Skill Building for Everyone in the Heart of Detroit

Created out of a love of a sister, Dutton Farm is building opportunity and acceptance right here in the heart of Detroit.

Engineering a Legacy

Charity can sometimes come even through tragedy.  Michelle and Al Clemens are building a foundation of support right here in the heart of Detroit.

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Our new expanded leadership will better serve our programs, provide governance and steer the nonprofit toward a sustainable future by ensuring that it has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Board of Directors

Rob Orley, O2 Investment Partners
Arn Tellem, Detroit Pistons
Damon Keith, Federal Judge
Cynthia Ford, Philanthropist
Charlie Rothstein,  Beringea
Dennis Archer, Former Detroit Mayor
Al Papa, Cambridge Consulting Group
David Provost, Chemical Financial Corporation
Chad Audi, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Mitch Albom, S.A.Y. Detroit
Carmen Harlan, TV Broadcaster

Advisory Board

Dave Bing, Former Detroit Mayor
Jack Aronson, Artichoke Garlic Foundation
John Prosser II, Health Partners
Faith Fowler, Cass Community Social Services
Dr. Richard Keidan, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Beaumont Hospital
Keith Stephenson, Cooper-Standard
Carole Kowalczyk, Michigan Center for Fertility and Women’s Health
Paul Glantz, Emagine Entertainment
Dave Scott, Motown Digital
Linda McIntosh, Somerset Collection
Walt Wheeler, Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation

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