Playing hard at SAY Detroit


What we do at SAY Detroit, we couldn’t do without generous donors like you. 

We aim to educate the young people in Detroit to be thoughtful leaders. We aim to build our community by celebrating hardworking families with a safe place to call home. We aim to strengthen relationships between all members of our community. And we aim to prioritize medical care and healthy lifestyle for all adults.

We ask that you make a gift to SAY Detroit and help us continue our outreach to Detroit’s neediest communities. 

Learning and playing at SAY Play

SAY Detroit Play Center welcomed 75 of our city’s youth for six weeks of fun and learning this summer. The all-day Monday-Friday programming featured civics and math lessons to help overcome learning loss during the pandemic school year, creative growth through art and drums, and weekly field trips. Campers also gained real-world experience on the impact of giving and nonprofits. You can read their reflections on paying it forward through the Tom Gores Youth Community Giving project here. And stay-tuned for a special video chronicling their experiences! The after-school program returned September 13, and is ready to welcome you back to volunteer with homework help.

Working Homes for Working Families

SAY Detroit this year will award two refurbished houses as part of our Working Homes/Working Families program. A park rebuild in Detroit’s east side in the Morningside neighborhood has also been completed, despite construction materials shortages due to the pandemic. Watch the 10th Annual SAY Detroit Radiothon on Thursday, December 9 to meet the recipient families.

We are Better Together

SAY Detroit’s grassroots initiative, Better Together is actively helping improve policing and community issues in Metro Detroit. We gather students and police officers together, where they are unknown to one another, and build trust and fellowship before law enforcement officers share their professions. We have hosted more than a dozen luncheons this year.

Offering holistic health for all who need it

The SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic in Highland Park has nearly completed its physical improvements and equipment upgrades, geared towards boosting care and fostering a welcoming space for sometimes reluctant patients. 

The upgrade also included the opening of our patient-only pharmacy, just down the hall from the clinic. This is important for the population we serve as 47% of our female patients suffer from diabetes and other health conditions. Wellness Wednesdays and a free weekly vegetable supply are also offered as part of our long-term plan to address whole health needs.