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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Homes &

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Medical Care

Volunteering &

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

News & Updates

ATTH Teams Up With Lighthouse of Oakland County

In assembly line fashion, more than 20 volunteers joined Mitch Albom and Ken Brown for one of the largest one-day food drives in the country.

DWIF Franklin Cider Mill Location Taking Shape, Thanks to Michigan Masons

Nearly a dozen members worked in the rain to put up the tent that will shelter Detroit Water Ice Factory’s summer pop-up at the Franklin Cider Mill

Building Brilliant Detroit Neighborhoods

Brilliant Detroit is transforming neighborhoods into kid success neighborhoods right here in the heart of Detroit.

Wyandotte Sign Company Delivers for DWIF

Happy to help. Those words were music to S.A.Y. Detroit when Detroit Muscle Crew II members Tami and Dennis Caren of Wyandotte offered their services to make two of the signs that will soon be on display at the Franklin Cider Mill -- home of the Detroit Water Ice...

Alternative Therapy with Smiles in the Heart of Detroit

Taking the reins of alternative therapy, Beth and Fred Pellerito are continuing a legacy 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
Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation (member TBD)

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