BENEFITING: MATRIX HUMAN SERVICES
ORGANIZER: MATRIX HUMAN SERVICES
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. 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.
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.