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Matrix Human Services Center - "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child"

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THE STORY:

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. Donated funds will be used for much needed roof repairs( it leaks when it rains!), client services and building utilities.Below are just a few of the Matrix Center's impressive service outcomes for 2016:

  1. 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.
  2. 670 children and youth received a new winter coat.
  3. Over 1,000 children and youth have participated in onsite after school, weekend and summer enrichment and recreational activities.
  4. 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. 

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. 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.

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.

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To This Fundraiser

$925

MONEY RAISED
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  • Scott Gifford

    $25

  • Sharon Jamal

    $25

  • Donald Tinsley

    $100

  • Monica Mills

    $50

  • Brad Coulter

    $100

  • Donald Tinsley Jr

    $100

  • Kerrie Mitchell

    $100

  • Tim Killeen

    $50

  • S. Thompson

    $50

  • S. Thompson

    $50

  • Micheal - Lisa Nicholas Kimberly- Justin

    $100

  • Gregory A. McPherson

    $25

  • Ann Hilberry

    $50

  • Nancy Combs

     

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41% Raised of $2,250 Goal

The Team: $925 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

MATRIX HUMAN SERVICES

Amount Raised

$525

 

23% Raised of $2,250 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Donald Tinsley

Amount Raised

$250

 

5% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Scott Gifford

Amount Raised

$150

 

20% Raised of $750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ken Brown

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Nancy Combs

Nancy Combs

Tribute to the Matrix Program Committee 1 year ago

Ann Hilberry

Ann Hilberry

DONATION: $50

Ann Hilberry 1 year ago

Gregory A. McPherson

Gregory A. McPherson

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Micheal - Lisa Nicholas Kimberly- Justin

Micheal - Lisa Nicholas Kimberly- Justin

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

S. Thompson

S. Thompson

DONATION: $50

In honor of all your efforts, thank you, Don! 1 year ago

S. Thompson

S. Thompson

DONATION: $50

In honor of the work you do, thank you Scott. 1 year ago

Tim Killeen

Tim Killeen

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Kerrie Mitchell

Kerrie Mitchell

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Donald Tinsley Jr

Donald Tinsley Jr

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Brad Coulter

Brad Coulter

DONATION: $100

In memory of Mary Coulter who always gave back to the community 1 year ago