Thanks the the generosity of our surrounding community, the Pope Francis Center was able to raise over $778,000 in 2015. This allowed us to open our doors to more than 26,000 of Detroit's homeless men and women, where we provided them with nutritious meals, showers, laundry facilities and a host of other services. Please click the photo above to flip through our Annual Report where you will find a letter from Executive Director, Father Tim McCabe SJ, a breakdown of our revenue and expenses, guest success stories and more.
DETROIT, Mich., Nov 23, 2016 - The Pope Francis Center is thrilled to announce the launch of their Nutritious Food Program this Thanksgiving, made possible by combined gifts of $320,000 from UAW-Ford and UAW-GM.
The program will provide 20,000 healthy meals per year to the city’s homeless, including holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of UAW-Ford & UAW-GM the first two years of the program are fully funded.
“The most accessible foods for the homeless come from shelters, soup kitchens, fast food restaurants or dumpsters - all of which can be high in salt, fat, preservatives and empty calories. This type of diet can exacerbate serious health problems and increase aggression,” Explains Executive Director, Father Tim McCabe.
That’s why on Thanksgiving morning, roughly 150 guests will be treated to scrambled eggs with onions, spinach and a variety of colored peppers, turkey sausage, oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh berries, whole grain bagels, bananas, coffee, milk and juice.
“Through serving tens of thousands of healthy meals to the homeless, the Pope Francis Center gives those in need the dignity and healthy nutrition that all of God’s children deserve,” said Cindy Estrada UAW-GM Vice President.
UAW-Ford’s Vice President Jimmy Settles adds, “We cannot disregard the plight of others in our communities; instead, we must each find ways to help those who are most disadvantaged among us.”
In an effort to support local business, ingredients for the Nutritious Food Program will be purchased from Detroit vendors like Eastern Market, whenever possible.
“UAW-Ford and UAW-GM are investing not just in the lives and health of our guests but in the betterment of our community - the trickle-down effect will be far-reaching,” said McCabe.