A special (exciting!) update from Mitch on A Hole in the Roof

Dec 8, 2009 | News | 0 comments

Dear Friends– 

It is with humble gratitude that I make this very special announcement—WE DID IT! The hole in the roof of  Pilgrim Church/I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministries has been repaired. Shingle Bells, our campaign to raise the remaining $20,000 needed to repair the roof, is complete–thanks to the generosity of donors from around the world. Perhaps you sent dollars, wishes, or prayers, from as close as Trumbull Avenue or as far as Hong Kong, Singapore, or New Zealand. Perhaps you offered to donate your time, materials, or toys for the children. Whatever you gave, you gave us hope.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Tomorrow, December 9th, will mark a special day for all of us—the official unveiling of the new roof and rededication of the church. If you’re in the Detroit area and would like to attend the ceremony which begins at 1:00 p.m., please know that you are welcome to share this moment with us. If you can’t make it, I hope that you’ll check MitchAlbom.com to watch the videos and view the photos from the event.  Anita Baker and  Good Morning America will be there to help celebrate the occasion and, I hope, so will many of you! 
We may have achieved our Shingle Bells goal–but we’re not even close to being finished. There are many other churches, synagogues, mosques–faith groups of every denomination—who care for the homeless who need help repairing the spaces in which they carry out their work and offer their services.  A Hole in the Roof Foundation raises and distributes funds to help pay for the materials and labor that are needed to help faith groups make such repairs to their most essential infrastructure:  replacing broken windows; shoring up load-bearing walls or loose foundations; repairing leaks and other plumbing problems; fixing or replacing heating sources. If you know of a place in need, please send a formal request through www.aholeintheroof.com.  If you’d like to donate to help with our next project (to be determined), click here.
Thank you again for helping us rebuild communities, one roof at a time.




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