April 2023


One great cause – Many great restaurants

Do you like good food, good company, and the satisfaction of doing something good? Then join us on June 27 for EAT Detroit, a delicious fundraising event for SAY Detroit. EAT Detroit showcases our city’s diverse culinary scene by offering with a one-night only foodie experience featuring tasting dishes and craft drinks at Detroit’s top restaurants – with proceeds going toward SAY Detroit. Ticket presales begin today for a limited audience — that’s you! Click the link below and enter code WAITLIST23 to access ticket now. Learn more about the event at eatdetroit.info.

SAY Detroit receives $1 Million commitment from Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation 

We are proud to support the mission of SAY Detroit and the role it plays in the development of youth in the Detroit community.

The Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation

The grant of $1 million, finalized in late March 2023, will help propel the completion of the Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center, on the grounds of the SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park in northeast Detroit. With $750,000 earmarked to help with the completion of the Clarence & Jack Himmel Theater and $250,000 dedicated to general SAY Play programming, the donation will surely make an impact on the lives of young people in the Osborn area.

Construction is now underway for the Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center. The Annex, as commonly referred, will feature a 15,000-square-feet in added space and will include classrooms, learning labs and a theater. It will allow SAY Detroit to expand its services and house a wide range of programming, including vocational and technical training for adults. Kelly and Matthew Stafford donated $1 million to launch the expansion of SAY Play and were later joined by the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation with an additional $1 million towards the project. Thank you to our leadership donors!

Giving back to the community on Earth Day

Nearly 35 A Time to Help volunteers ascended on the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park, home to various SAY Detroit Health Clinic sponsored activities, to celebrate Earth Day. The volunteers helped with both outdoor and indoor projects including general maintenance, cleaning, and painting.


Bikes, bikes and more bikes!


SAY Detroit’s Mi-Cycle hosted a bicycle donation event on Saturday, April 22, at the Marygrove Conservancy. The donated unused or gently used bicycles will be distributed by our partner charities to children and adults in need of transportation to work or school or exercise. Thank you to all who donated! 

Emotions, thoughts and feelings: working together

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An intimate discussion led by Dr. Shantalea Johns, a licensed therapist and professor at Wayne State University School of Social Work, focused on thoughts, emotions and feelings during the most recent Wellness Wednesday. A tweak to the format, Dr. Johns sat amongst the guests, creating an easy and personal flow of conversation. Read more ››

Breaking bread while breaking down barriers

Last week 35 high school boys and nine Detroit Police officers enjoyed a meal together at the Detroit School of Arts as part of the SAY Detroit Better Together program. The high school students were not aware that the adults they were breaking bread and sharing stories with were in fact Detroit police officers. The reveal was emotional, but the respect and trust gained from the personal conversation is something that can’t be taken away.