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DONATIONS POUR IN FOR DETROIT RESCUE MISSION
By Chris Lau
Feb. 9, 2006
Dwyan Malone, a fragile, 49-year-old homeless man with heart problems,
stayed at Detroit Rescue Mission during the two weeks before the Super
Bowl, but the shelter, because of lack of funding, was in danger of
pushing him and countless others back onto the streets after the game.
Until generosity poured in.
S.A.Y. Detroit, which two weeks ago started a campaign to raise $60,000
to keep the Detroit Rescue Mission open, wound up with $310,000 - and
counting - from the community. Donations came, mostly in $5, $10 and $20
increments, from 29 states, several countries, all four local major
sports teams and more - all in less than two weeks.
"I'm just thankful," Malone said Wednesday at a news conference hosted
by Free Press columnist Mitch Albom at the Detroit Rescue Mission
cafeteria. "I don't have anywhere else to go but to stay here. I don't
know how to thank everyone for what you've done for me."
The donations will allow other things to happen, too.
The Detroit Rescue Mission will hire a full-time mental health
professional, buy 30 new beds, operate a 24-hour van and stay open 24
hours a day, seven days a week until the spring.
The Neighborhood Services Organization, which didn't serve meals before,
now will serve three day through the spring.
The Coalition On Temporary Shelter, or COTS, will provide childcare for
the homeless through the spring.
"I get a warm bed," Malone said. "I'm still weak. I'm on a walker now,
but I'm getting better."
To donate: Call 313-993-4700, go towww.DRMM.org or write Detroit Rescue
Mission/S.A.Y. Detroit, 150 Stimson, Detroit 48201. Contributions are
By Chris Lau