Welcoming Home a SAY Play Family

August 18, 2023

On Thursday, Aug. 17, SAY Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families (WHWF) welcomed a SAY Play family into their own home, just steps away from SAY Play where the kids spend most of their after-school hours.

The McReynolds arrived in Detroit from Arizona in 2021 after having made arrangements to rent a home in Detroit that seemed too good to be true. It turned out to be — the home was in a condition where repairs they thought could be made weren’t realistic, and soon after, their landlord lost ownership. Through WHWF, Danzel Sr. and Danjetta now have a newly refurbished home for their five children.

Danzel Jr. (15), Katie (11), Ava (10), and Ivan (9) attend the SAY Detroit Play Center, with Kamari (7) to start as soon as she’s old enough. This summer, Danzel worked at SAY Play as a camp counselor for his first summer job, through the City of Detroit’s Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) program.

“Truthfully, I have been in awe and disbelief that this house belongs to us. Every day we are way more comfortable with it being ours, and everybody is in their own space. We play games every night after dinner at the kitchen table – our kitchen table.”

— Danjetta