"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink .... Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" - Matthew 25:40
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You don't have to travel far to make a big difference. And there is something extra rewarding about helping out your own community, the special place you call home. Join us on mission in Metro-Detroit to help our friends right here in our own backyard. Big or small, there are always ways that you can touch a life, heal a wound, or be a beacon of hope to someone else. Join us - your hearts will be changed, too.
Angels' Place Mission
On Saturday, November 30th, Mission Youth Detroit offered a mission at Angels' Place. Angels' Place provides people-centered services, including homes and professional support, for adults with developmental disabilities. We interacted with the residents by playing games, making holiday crafts & gifts, and hanging Christmas lights!
Euchre Night Fundraiser
Thank you to those who were able to join us for a night of food, drinks, and Euchre! This fundraiser will directly support the work of Mission Youth Detroit, specifically to raise funds to continue to build a parish church in Carmen, Santa Cruz Naranjo, Guatemala. Earlier this year, in July 2019 - a group of Mission Youth Detroit missionaries made the journey to Guatemala to help with the construction of the new church and to spread the love of Jesus to the people in the village. There is still more work to be done - and the money raised will be used to complete this worthy project!
P.B.J. Outreach Mission
Just days before Christmas, a group of volunteers from MissionYouthDetroit and Good Girl Comeback will travel to downtown Detroit to serve the homeless and underprivileged community. The P.B.J. Outreach unites volunteers and equips them to prepare and distribute food, clothing, and Christmas gifts. After we distribute the food, volunteers will enjoy breakfast together to talk about the experience and the importance of volunteering.
This year we are collecting the following items: warm clothing, gloves, scarves, blankets, socks, hand warmers, hygiene items, and non-perishable food items. The full list of items need can be found here.
P.B.J Outreach Mission WHO: Ages 12+ DATE: Saturday, December 21st 2019 TIME: 6:30am - 9:30am ATTIRE: Warm clothes and (optional) Mission Youth T-shirt TRANSPORTATION: Missionaries are responsible for their own transportation
LOGISTICS: Depart from Legionaries of Christ Home at 6:30am - 2460 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Arrive at Mission Site at 7am - Corner of Martin Luther King and 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI Return to Legionaries of Christ Building for Breakfast & Reflection - 2460 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Hosted by one of our partner organizations, Good Girl Comeback, this is an incredible event you DON'T want to miss! We invite you to attend a faith filled day for teens and women of all ages. The event features key note speaker Gina Spehn, panel speakers, breakfast & lunch, time for fellowship & reflection and more! Use the link below for more details and registration. You'll be sure to see the Mission Youth Detroit Team there!
On Saturday, August 25th, Mission Youth Detroit organized a day of missions for the parishioners at St. Colette Catholic Church in Livonia. Each person signed-up for one of three missions of their choice: Homeless Shelter Outreach at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, a Kid's Carnival at Lighthouse of Oakland County, or a Cross-walk at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. Each of these missions were specifically designed to transform volunteers into missionaries by facilitating meaningful relationships and spiritual growth at every step of the outreach.
Homeless Shelter Outreach - DRMM
Mission Youth Detroit took four groups of St. Colette missionaries to four different Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries locations throughout metro-Detroit. Tasks included: organizing and cleaning the pantry, refrigerator and freezer, preparing food, chopping vegetables, serving food, interacting with clients, and cleaning after the meal. Beyond the tasks themselves, the missionaries had the opportunity to encounter Jesus, others, and themselves by having the courage to step outside of their comfort zone into unfamiliar territory. It was through those personal encounters that the biggest impact was made.
Kid's Carnival - Lighthouse of Oakland County
The second mission was a Kid's Carnival at Lighthouse of Oakland County for the children of current or past residents. Complete with a bounce house, giant Connect Four and Jenga games, hot dogs and a slushy machine, ring toss and prizes, we spared no effort to make this day as fun as possible. Even the rain couldn't dampen our spirits!
When asked about her experience serving with her children, one of the missionaries told us this: "Luis, my son, was very happy to make little kids smile with the games and prizes! And to play with a guy his age like any other friend. Giving love, you receive back MORE joy and happiness!" - Carolina
Cross Walk - Campus Martius
The third mission was a cross-walk in downtown Detroit. Three groups of missionaries carried giant wooden crosses as they walked from the outskirts of the city to Campus Martius. While on their journey, the missionaries asked the people they encountered to share their prayer intentions, to write them down, and nail them to the cross.