A Time to Helpers Join Hamtramck Family

April 22, 2022

Burhan Chowdhury took a tour of his property when the project was finished, slowly walking down the front steps of his Hamtramck home, past a garden flag that read “Live Life in Full Bloom,’’ before taking in the full scope of his newly refurbished front and backyards.

“So nice,’’ he said.

More than 30 volunteers from SAY Detroit’s A Time to Help program spent the day over two shifts cleaning up and landscaping the property of Chowdhury, the elderly cancer patient who was berated by a district court judge earlier this year for his unkempt yard, the video of which went viral.

The group included more than 15 employees from Troy-based KIRCO, a commercial real estate development, construction and property management organization. First-shift volunteers spent the morning clearing the yard of debris and prepping the space for the afternoon shift volunteers, who planted flowers and shrubs, mulched and raked.

“I thank you so much, and I am praying for all of you right now,’’ said Shibbir Chowdhury, Burhan’s son. “What you have done is a gift.’’

SAY Detroit would like to that Ken and Kyle of Michigan Recreational Construction for overseeing the project and providing all the required tools necessary for the task. A Time to Help’s next project will be May 14 at Detroit Goodfellows. Registration will open next week.