The city of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs have come a long way, with many aspects of city life improving for residents steadily. However, the public transportation system in Metropolitan Detroit remains inadequate for many. A significant number of Detroiters struggle to maintain employment without access to a vehicle.
Nearly 8,600 Detroiters walked to work in 2020 (a 30% increase since 2014). Studies show that a major barrier to employment is lack of transportation. In fact, lack of a vehicle worsens Detroit’s unemployment rate.
This problem inspired the creation of "Wheels For Work: Birthday Blessing", when Richard Sr., Kevin and Richard Jr. came together with a vision to celebrate their milestone birthdays in September.
Partnering with them is the esteemed Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), an organization with over a century-long legacy of supporting Detroiters through various initiatives such as housing, meals, job training, and much more. DRMM will act as the fiduciary for all donations, making donations tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. DRMM will also help select the deserving recipients of the vehicles.
You may recall the heartwarming story of a formerly homeless department store security guard who walked ten miles each day to work. DRMM's generous donation of a Dodge Neon changed his life.
These birthday boys want to replicate this effort for as many Detroit families as possible. Will you help?
At the Friday, Sept 29th Banquet, we turned over car keys to THREE working families and heard their inspirational stories:
- 130+ generous donors cried tears of shock, then joy, with these families!
- Comedian Crystal P kept us in stitches!!!
- Justice Richard Bernstein preached how powerful it was to bless these families with cars!
- DRMM CEO Chad Audi brought home how vital giving is for those in need!
- Fox News Anchor Amy Lange was a marvelous EMCEE,
- DJ Golden Jet gave us great music and laser lights!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are STILL COLLECTING GIFTS. STAY TUNE