The Homeless and Community Outreach Committee of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. marked more than 3,500 hours of volunteer service earlier this month as members prepared and served meals to nearly 800 people at Crossroads, a social service agency that provides emergency assistance, advocacy and counseling to those in need.
"Our mission is to provide hands-on service to the Detroit community. We are always happy to partner with like-minded community agencies and to benefit both the non-profit community and those people who depend upon these agencies for their day-to-day survival," said Beverly A. Gray, president of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter.
Under the leadership of Homeless Committee chair Charlene Jones Mitchell and co-Chairs Bronwyn Burton and Carolyn Gamble, the chapter has provided meals for more than 1,200 individuals this year. Deltas served veterans at Piquette Square on Valentine's Day and homeless men, women and children at a variety of organizations, including Cass Community Services, Operation Get Down, and Metropolitan United Methodist Church, throughout the organization's 2011-2012 calendar year. The committee also facilitated the donation of clothing, toiletries, and other items to address additional community needs.
"Members of our chapter support projects that serve the homeless members of our community because we understand the value of a supportive community during troubling times. We're also excited about another supportive project, 'Wrap It Up,' a campaign to collect towels for area shelters including the Ronald McDonald House," said Charlene Jones Mitchell, committee chair.
Established in 1939, the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. strives to confront the challenges facing African Americans, women and girls, and to build stronger, healthier families and communities with emphasis on the metro Detroit area. The Detroit Alumnae Chapter coordinates initiatives focused on a five-point programmatic thrust: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement. Efforts include working in metro Detroit homeless shelters; mentoring youth; operating Delta Manor, a residential facility for seniors; hosting financial literacy and healthy living events; and organizing voter registration activities and political awareness forums. For more information, visit www.detroitdeltas.org.
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