In the past few weeks temperatures have dropped in Michigan into the single digits. It is expected to get colder, while life threatening hypothermia can set in at 32 degrees. This winter there have been reports of individuals experiencing homelessness freezing to death in the city of Detroit. The shelters are full and warming centers are overcrowded. This leaves our young people vulnerable and many are forced into survival sex to meet basic needs. This is especially prevalent in Detroit where 1 in 5 homeless youth are victims of human trafficking.
NO ONE SHOULD BE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE AND MAINTAINING HUMAN DIGNITY!
How You Can Help:
Detroit Phoenix Center, in partnership with Breakers Covenant Church International (BCCI), is endeavoring to pilot the RISE Emergency Youth Shelter. RISE is designed to keep 20 vulnerable young adults safe and warm at night during the freezing temperatures of the Detroit winter, 7 days a week from 7:00PM-7:00AM starting on February 3rd until the duration of the winter!
With your support and donations, we can ensure that RISE provides accessible resources for youth experiencing homelessness, including but not limited too; beds, meals, lockers, laundry & transportation assistance, social emotional support, and safety for the duration of winter.
Additional contributions will help establish RISE as a long-term, sustainable operation that compliments the continuum of services provided by the Detroit Phoenix Center.
The mission of the Rise Emergency Youth Shelter is to provide emergency overnight shelter, food, and support in ways that meet immediate needs and respect human dignity for young adults, ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness.
What You’re Funding
$20 will provide breakfast and dinner for two youth
$50 will provide breakfast, dinner and a snack for four youth
$100 will provide lockers to store items for three youth
$170 will purchase a bed frame for two youth
$340 will purchase a bed frame for four youth
$500 will cover throw blankets, sheets and pillows for 10 youth
$1000 will cover twin size mattresses for 10 youth
Detroit Phoenix Center (DPC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides critical resources, support and a safe, nurturing environment for teens and young adults ages, 13-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Our programs and services empower the young people we serve to actualize their full potential.
We accomplish our mission by providing Resources. Intervention. Support and Education through our Drop In & Resource Center, outreach efforts, community connections, and educational opportunities.
Please note: Youth who utilize the RISE Emergency Shelter will also have access to additional resources through our Drop In & Resource Center, which is open from 11:00AM -7:00PM, Tuesday- Friday.
Breakers Covenant Church International (BCCI) is a loving, energetic, multi-cultural family of believers. The congregation is always growing in the love of Christ and desire to always carry and demonstrate His "servants heart." BCCI’s mission is driven by social justice principles and has been a pillar in the community for over 15 years.
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For volunteer opportunities and in-kind donation inquiries, please contact Courtney Smith at or (313) 288-0294.