Working Homes, Families Builds a Neighborhood

Jun 19, 2015 | News | 0 comments

DETROIT — In a matter of weeks, Jesse White Sr. will be moving his family from their one-bedroom apartment into a three-bedroom house with a backyard and trees that are as old as its east side Detroit neighborhood.

“This isn’t just a house, it’s a home,” said Chanel Roland-White, Jesse’s wife, who’s pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

Thursday was a special day for Detroit – and a groundbreaking one at that.

The White family became the first of six to be awarded a home with Working Homes/Working Families, one of the nonprofits under Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit’s umbrella of charities.

The house giveaway was the highlight of the first of a three-day collaborative effort involving S.AY. Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which teamed up with Cooper Standard Foundation and DOW Elastomers for an intensive rebuild of six homes in an east side neighborhood near Courville and Mack. It’s the first time Working Homes/Working Families has partnered with other entities to rebuild homes…


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