14th Annual Gala of Hope Fundraiser
On September 24, 2016, The Mission: Prevention Education
had its 14th Annual Gala Strolling Buffet and Fundraiser
. It brought to the forefront the underlying issues contributing to the increase impersonal violence being perpetrated against women in the Metro Detroit area. The Mission has provided access to safety
intervention and services to over 14,000 area residents. The Gala’s planned program also featured the presentation of the prestigious Awards to our
The Gala is much more than an enjoyable time; it is an opportunity to assist our program participants, who are 100% low or moderate income and survivors of domestic violence, including many who are single mothers. We provide this service with “holding on to hope
” (Survival to Arrival
). It is also an opportunity to bring together our impressive network of supporters (i.e., community based organizations, corporations, members of the faith based community, local government supporters and individuals) recognizing the work and integrity of the services our agency provides. So, please join us next year for our 15th Annual Gala!
Past Gala Events
The Mission’s Annual Fundraiser Gala “Detroit Metro Moving Forward” was a huge success! The banquet hall was filled the capacity and deco rated beautifully. The food was delicious and plentiful. The young ladies from the Beating Odds Mentoring Program’s “Inspiring Girls Hope” did a wonderful job hosting, sitting, and greeting attendees. Everyone commented on how beautiful the jewelry and baskets were- so much so that every basket and piece of jewelry were sold. The entertainment was beyond exceptional. Both Mr. Roger Tucker and his band 3/4 Step and DJ Ronnie Bailey had the audience rocking, singing, and dancing. Martin and Rose Lewis who have attended the last four galas are already asking for the date of next years’ event. Mr. Sam Newsome who attended for the first time guaranteed his attendance, next year. It was nice to see the honorable Judge Craig Strong and Theresa Webster in attendance. In addition to having a great time, everyone still realized the real purpose of The Mission which is to continue to help those hurting in the community during these tough economic times. Yes, it is more than a mission. It is a family. Thanks to the help of our dedicated board members, community, and volunteers it can remain a family.
Dress for Success: Achieving Change & Life Balance
You are cordially invited to “Dress for Success: Achieving Change and Life Balance” on Friday, April 4th, 8:00am-3pm, at CHASS Center located at 5635 W. Fort Street, Detroit. The event is hosted by Verizon Wireless WAVE initiative and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Women of Color Task Force, in partnership with Detroit area domestic and sexual assault programs; LA VIDA/CHASS Center, On the Wings of Love, The Mission Prevention Education-Mission2Hope, Sisters Against Abuse Society, and Battered Women Awareness Reaching Everyone.
Survivors attending can expect to network with knowledgeable people from the community ready to share resources and their expertise in matters of education and employment readiness, financial and credit literacy, housing and homeownership, as well as strategies to help plan goals and accomplish them. For many women breaking free of the physical and emotional trauma of abuse is a hopeless struggle because recovery is often complicated by the barriers of economics; homelessness, joblessness and education. The purpose of “Dress for Success” is to provide a pathway for survivors to find their confidence, be hopeful and conquer those barriers.
In addition to a day filled with lots of useful information, there’s fun during lunch for survivors with a mini fashion showcasing wonderful fashion tips from a popular local stylist, change can be exciting when you have a great new look, so be sure to visit our “Dress for Success” boutique and gift yourself with something special. So come on make April 4th your day for success, change and life balance, RSVP your attendance to: email@example.com or call 313-675-4557, by March 21st.
Dress for Success Planning Committee:
Verizon Wireless WAVE Initiative, Michael Childress
MCEDSV, Women of Color Task Force Liaison, Paula Callen
LA VIDA/CHASS, Dolores Hernandez, Chair
On the Wings of Love, Shirley Williams, Chair
LA VIDA/CHASS, Elsa Bonilla
The Mission Prevention Education/Mission2Hope, Nedra Lucas
Sisters Against Abuse Society, SAAS, La Donna Combs
Battered Women Awareness Reaching Everyone, Anita Posey
Our Story is Simple. The Effort is Not. The Results are Invaluable.
Houses left empty due to foreclosures have become blight and robbed neighborhoods of its pride. We put the pride back!
The Mission’s Preservation and Trash Out Service works to clean up neighborhoods where homes have been left vacant due to foreclosures and a slow moving housing market. Far too many vacant homes have been reduced to blight as a result of vandalism. These houses become eye-sores, dragging property values down.
The Mission has developed multi-cultural work teams that are led by licensed and skilled tradesmen, and comprised of general laborers who come from the very neighborhoods of the homes they work on. These teams are able to preserve the vacant properties, trash them out, and remove the clutter that makes the property appear to be abandoned.
Every effort is made to match work teams to the areas where they live. Why? In this way, the workmen have a double-interest in the vacant property. Not only do they want to clean it up because it makes their neighborhood look bad but, it’s their workmanship. The work team members keep a watch on the property. Vandals are less likely to destroy the property a respected member of the neighborhood has rehabbed or cleaned up.
An additional plus to the program--the general laborers are individuals who are either unemployed or underemployed. The program provides them an opportunity to gain new skills. Through the program’s Entrepreneurial Course, participants are shown how to turn their new skills into a certified and licensed business of their own.