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In response to the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the greater Detroit community, SAY Detroit has launched the DETROIT BEATS COVID-19! initiative to spearhead efforts for immediate and impactful actions to protect and support some of our most vulnerable population — seniors, first responders, children, and the homeless. 

The DETROIT BEATS COVID-19! project will devote 100% of the proceeds to fighting COVID-19.

Primary Goals

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Create a COVID-19 mobile testing center in Detroit

In collaboration with SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, EVO Detroit / Detroit2Nepal, Trinity Health, and MI Healthcare Professionals. Get Help.

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Feed 2,000 Homebound Seniors Weekly

And help partners sustain and grow home meal delivery programs to seniors and adults living with disabilities.


Feed and educate for more than 100 underserved children

Through remote learning and food delivery to members of  SAY Detroit Play Center.

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Support operation of a quarantine center for homeless

At a new Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries facility housing quarantined clients and overflow of new homeless clients seeking aid.


Fund protective wear and supplies for first responders

Such as supporting grassroots projects to create reusable, washable masks and mask protectors.

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Feed first responders

Particularly medical and hospital personnel on the front lines through the purchase of food from local Detroit restaurants at risk of closing.


UPDATE: COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center Moves to Stimson St. Starting June 8

Testing Without Barriers for Highland Park

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Keeping First Responders Safe

Responding to a request from the City of Detroit, SAY Detroit has provided gap funding for the purchase of 135 no-touch infrared thermometers for use by first responders at the Detroit Fire Dept. and front-line municipal employees at the Detroit Dept. of Transportation. A $5,000 donation was made to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.
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Remote Learning at SAY Play

While our facility remains closed to ensure the safety of our student members, we remain committed to bringing our social and emotional learning curriculum into the homes of our members every day. Essential to carrying out our mission and vision for the SAY Detroit Play Center is maintaining a dedicated, one-on-one check-ins with our members and their families.
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Feeding Our Families

While our facility is closed, our work to care for our students continues. With thanks to Jack Aronson’s Clean Planet Foods, we distributed 500 Mindful Meals to our member students and their families on Friday, March 27 – while practicing safe social-distancing, of course! Mindful Meals are 6-ounce meal pouches that can be heated in a microwave in under a minute.

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Emergency Funding for Seniors, Homeless, and PPE

How SAY Detroit and founder Mitch Albom are aiding coronavirus impact and recovery efforts with emergency funding of $55,000 to three local-area groups. 

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Coronavirus Response at SAY Clinic

We’re committed to maintaining a clean and safe environment for all patients, volunteers, staff and visitors while continuing our essential services, which includes primary care visits. We’ve outlined our efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) here. 

The Henry Ford Health System Nursing Emergency Needs Fund

launched with a gift from Cynthia and Edsel Ford, will provide support for our nurses and their families as they serve on the frontlines of this crisis.