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 Matrix Human Services is rasing much needed funds to replace one of our boilers at the Matrix Center in northeast Detroit. This boiler is __ years old and needs to be replaced in the next 4 months or we risk having no heat in sections of the building's lower level

 The Matrix Human Services Center (Matrix Center) is located on Detroit's eastside and serves the community 360 days a year, Monday thru Friday from 6:30am to 10 pm and weekends, 8 am to 5 pm. Below are just a few of the Matrix Center's impressive service outcomes for 2016 · Over 1,500 community residents and families have benefited from Center emergency food programs, including the Forgotten Harvest weekly free food distribution on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month. · 670 children and youth received a new winter coat. · Over 1,000 children and youth have participated in onsite after school, weekend and summer enrichment and recreational activities. · Since the Matrix’s Center’s opening in 1997, over 15,000 Detroit adults, youth and children have taken advantage of onsite education, workforce development, computer training, literacy, GED and early childhood programs.  · The Matrix Center is most proud of its 20 year history of hosting major community events which have improved the social fabric and cohesiveness of a community struggling with crime, blight, poverty and despair.  On an annual basis the Matrix Center’s Harvest Fest (October), Thanksgiving Dinner (November), Movie Days (monthly), Angel Tree (December), Osborn Parade (August) and Give-a-Away Days (quarterly) have an event attendance of 200 to 2,000 people. These large events are accomplished through the collaboration and support of the Matrix Center Mission Partners, corporate sponsors and Matrix Center volunteer network. Each month upwards of 3,000 Detroit and suburban residents visit the Center for much needed services, activities and community events. The Matrix Center encompasses a Mission Partner Network, 150 organizations and community groups, providing programs and services within the building. Major tenants in the building include UCF Head Start, Leaps & Bound Family Services, NSO , Detroit Councilman Scott Benson, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA), Henry Ford Health System , Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Detroit PAL, Tech Town, UM Center for Family Advocacy, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Food Lab/Detroit Kitchen Connect, Total Life Christian Ministries Church, Matrix Off The Streets, Academy of Warren Charter School ( after school program), Ceasefire Initiative, Detroit Hurricanes, Mosaic Youth Theatre, Forgotten Harvest, Detroit PAL, Midnight Boxing, Basketball and Life Skills Program, Matrix Youth Assistance Program, BuildOn Detroit and Osborn Business Association. Services and programs within the building include: Basic need services – food, clothing, housing, counseling and access to preventive health services, after school programs for youth, early childhood programs, community development initiatives, senior programs, employment readiness programs, technology center, crisis interventions services for youth (SAFE Place), youth and adult literacy programs, entrepreneurship training and more. Mt. Zion Lutheran Church (Northeast Detroit) had a rich heritage and will leave an equally rich legacy. When Mt. Zion started in 1924, thanks to dynamic pastors and leaders, the church grew rapidly. Around 1980, Mt. Zion began serving its changing neighborhood through a variety of social programs.  Youth used the facility for Head Start, after-school and summer programs. Graduate Equivalency Program (GED) and computer classes were held.  Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) held meetings. Meals on Wheels prepared meals out of the church’s kitchen. In the 1960’s the church converted the existing auditorium into a full size gym for community youth and adult groups. The Mt. Zion Lutheran Church was located on 2 acres of land at Gratiot and East McNichols in Detroit’s Osborn community. In addition to the main Church building (50,000 square feet), there were 3 houses on the property. In October 1997, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church members disbanded the church because of declining membership.  Matrix Human Services (Matrix) presented the Church membership with a plan to develop the Mt. Zion Church into a multi–service center for Northeast Detroit residents. The church congregation voted to sell the property and buildings to Matrix for $1. To meet the need of the Osborn community Matrix has pioneered the shared programming and collaboration services model.  Research has shown that by housing various social service agencies and programs within one building, community residents enjoy improved access to the services they need. Programs in multi-service centers benefit from the increased visibility, lower overhead costs and expanded resources available for children and families service initiatives. True to the plan presented to the Mt. Zion membership and working collaboratively with a variety of Detroit area organizations and groups, Matrix has created a successful multi-service community center on the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church property. Matrix Human Services (Matrix), a 501 (C) (3) community based and non-profit  agency, was founded in 1906 by a small and generous group of women who recognized the importance of helping the less fortunate who migrated to Detroit seeking a new life and finding them in an unfamiliar environment. The agency operates out 56 locations in Detroit and 9 locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Matrix serves 25,000 Detroit residents annually through programs providing a continuum of over 60 direct services to pregnant women, children, youth, adults and seniors.   I am raising money for the Matrix Center's emergency food program which as you see below, serves a large number of Detroit families on an annual basis. At the same time we are providing food to these families, they are able to register for other programs at the Matrix Center which provide employment readiness, literacy and financial literacy. Our goal is for these families to become economically self-sufficient and not require emergency food on a regular basis.   Your donation to Matrix Human Services for the Matrix Center is very much appreciated. It will allow us to continue our mission at the Matrix Center of serving disadvantaged children, youth, adults, families and seniors through the multiple onsite programs and services. Consider become involved in   our mission and vision for Detroit -- "Matrix, a proven leader in uniting all human service efforts to move individuals and families toward self-sufficiency in our time with your help... eradicating poverty of the mind, body and spirit.” To learn more about Matrix Human Services and/or the Matrix Center and how you can become involved, please email or contact Scott Gifford, Vice President of Community Development at or (313) 831 - 1000 x1119.      dM


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