fbpx

A Detroit Church is Paying Homeless People to Clean Up The City

The homelessness situation in America is severe, sad and getting worse. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there are over 554,000 homeless people in America, and in major cities, especially on the West Coast, the problem is very severe.

Tent cities and major homeless camps are now a normal feature in many American cities, and when ordinary Americans try to help out, they are often stopped by law enforcement agencies who’ve been arresting citizens and members of churches and charity organizations who feed the homeless in public spaces.

So what can be done? It’s unlikely that housing prices will fall enough to allow more people to afford housing. It’s unlikely that the opioid epidemic will end itself over night. It’s unlikely that the criminal justice system will all of a sudden stop turning normal people who choose to possess and consume a plant into felons who aren’t allowed to get work or decent housing. It’s unlikely that the endless wars will finally end and our soldiers stop coming back from PTSD causing deployments.

We have to help other people, and the charitable organization, ‘A Better Way Detroit‘ is doing just this by paying local homeless people ten dollars an hour to clean up the city and empowering them to participate in the betterment of the community. The project is funded in part by donations raised in charity from members of the church and surrounding community, and the idea is giving new hope to members of this Detroit community.

The money the men are getting paid isn’t coming from someone’s bank account or a governmental program. It’s coming from donations sent to the Better WAY Detroit initiative, which is hosted out of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Designed to help put a little cash in the pockets of the homeless, it uses the honest-work-for-honest-pay code, and cleans up the city in the process.

The program is the brain child of Father Marko Djonovic of the Midtown parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, whose finding the endeavour to be incredibly inspiring and enriching.

A few times a week, Djonovic drives his large white suburban truck to shelters and sites where he knows homeless people sleep. Each time, different people are given the opportunity to help clean up a part of the city and get $10 an hour for their work. While the initiative started as a way to clean up Detroit’s public parks, it has evolved into a system of beautifying some of the city’s blighted neighborhoods.

On March 14, it was an empty house’s backyard that’s been the site of illegal dumping, overgrown with dead wood and weeds.

The homeless people involved agree that the project is exceptional and of great benefit to them in such difficult situations, and the project is working closely with the city parks organization to help improve public parks so that more people and children will spend time outside.

“Work is good. Everybody likes money, so what’s wrong with a little work… Take negative situations and turn them into positive situations. This is a positive situation. We’re earning money without panhandling. Instead of standing on the freeway begging people for change, we’re earning something.” Winfield Jackson, homeless

Here is a video of Father Djonovic talking about the project and the impact it is having on the city. He also notes here that the project is fiscally unsustainable at present, given that it relies on charity and on his own personal contributions, and that financial help is needed to keep it going and to help it grow. You can contribute to the project, here.

It’s not hard to think up creative ways in which people can help each other out in this world instead participating in strife and the divide and conquer mentality.


This article (A Detroit Church is Paying Homeless People to Clean Up the City) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Vic Bishop and WakingTimes.com.

 

Loading...

78 thoughts on “A Detroit Church is Paying Homeless People to Clean Up The City

  • September 23, 2019 at 12:37
    Permalink

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    Reply
  • September 27, 2019 at 01:57
    Permalink

    Hello my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all vital infos. I?¦d like to peer more posts like this .

    Reply
  • October 22, 2019 at 02:30
    Permalink

    I just want to tell you that I am just very new to blogging and seriously liked your page. Likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You really come with impressive well written articles. Cheers for revealing your website.

    Reply
  • October 23, 2019 at 16:45
    Permalink

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 06:19
    Permalink

    Great amazing issues here. I am very glad to look your article. Thank you so much and i am taking a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

    Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 06:20
    Permalink

    I got what you mean , thankyou for posting .Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. “Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” by Sheila Graham.

    Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 20:22
    Permalink

    Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with approximately all vital infos. I would like to peer more posts like this.

    Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 20:45
    Permalink

    Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Fantastic job!

    Reply
  • October 24, 2019 at 20:56
    Permalink

    One other issue is that if you are in a situation where you will not have a co-signer then you may really want to try to exhaust all of your financing options. You will find many grants and other scholarships that will present you with finances to support with university expenses. Thanks a lot for the post.

    Reply
  • October 25, 2019 at 06:38
    Permalink

    Thanks for your ideas. One thing I have noticed is the fact that banks and financial institutions are aware of the spending behaviors of consumers plus understand that many people max out their own credit cards around the holiday seasons. They smartly take advantage of this particular fact and commence flooding your current inbox along with snail-mail box having hundreds of no-interest APR credit card offers just after the holiday season ends. Knowing that should you be like 98 in the American open public, you’ll leap at the one opportunity to consolidate consumer credit card debt and shift balances for 0 rate credit cards.

    Reply
  • October 25, 2019 at 21:08
    Permalink

    Thanks for the useful information on credit repair on this blog. Things i would advice people should be to give up the mentality that they’ll buy currently and pay later. Being a society most people tend to make this happen for many factors. This includes getaways, furniture, and also items we wish. However, you’ll want to separate your own wants from all the needs. When you are working to raise your credit score you really have to make some sacrifices. For example you can shop online to save cash or you can check out second hand suppliers instead of high priced department stores intended for clothing.

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 00:21
    Permalink

    Good – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 00:23
    Permalink

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my website 🙂

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 00:26
    Permalink

    I and also my friends happened to be following the nice pointers located on your website and then immediately I got a terrible feeling I never expressed respect to the site owner for those secrets. These young men ended up totally happy to read through them and already have in fact been loving them. Thanks for really being very accommodating as well as for pick out some exceptional themes most people are really wanting to be aware of. My honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 06:39
    Permalink

    I wanted to compose you the bit of word just to give many thanks the moment again about the extraordinary basics you’ve shared on this page. It is certainly open-handed of you to present easily just what a number of people could have advertised for an electronic book in making some bucks for their own end, most importantly since you could possibly have done it in case you desired. These strategies in addition served like the fantastic way to be aware that many people have the identical zeal just as my personal own to realize a whole lot more on the topic of this condition. I know there are thousands of more fun instances up front for individuals that check out your website.

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 06:45
    Permalink

    Thank you sharing most of these wonderful threads. In addition, the perfect travel and medical insurance system can often reduce those considerations that come with vacationing abroad. Some sort of medical emergency can rapidly become expensive and that’s absolute to quickly decide to put a financial impediment on the family finances. Putting in place the great travel insurance offer prior to setting off is worth the time and effort. Thanks

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 08:38
    Permalink

    Taking hormone medication may also enhance the number of moles that seem in your body. They may possibly even continue to appear long soon after you’ve got stopped the medication as your physique needs time for you to revert back again to its normal state.

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 18:27
    Permalink

    Great post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

    Reply
  • October 26, 2019 at 18:35
    Permalink

    I really like your writing style, excellent information, appreciate it for putting up :D. “Silence is more musical than any song.” by Christina G. Rossetti.

    Reply
  • October 27, 2019 at 01:16
    Permalink

    Wow! This could be one particular of the most useful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

    Reply
  • October 27, 2019 at 17:01
    Permalink

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

    Reply
  • October 27, 2019 at 17:05
    Permalink

    These days of austerity plus relative stress about running into debt, some people balk about the idea of utilizing a credit card to make acquisition of merchandise or pay for a holiday, preferring, instead only to rely on the tried along with trusted method of making repayment – cash. However, in case you have the cash there to make the purchase in full, then, paradoxically, that is the best time for them to use the credit cards for several factors.

    Reply
  • October 27, 2019 at 23:17
    Permalink

    Well I certainly liked learning this. This topic acquired through you is extremely efficient for accurate planning.

    Reply
  • October 28, 2019 at 13:52
    Permalink

    I am curious to find out what blog system you’re working with? I’m experiencing some small security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any suggestions?

    Reply
  • October 28, 2019 at 13:56
    Permalink

    Thanks for your publication. I also feel that laptop computers are becoming more and more popular these days, and now are usually the only type of computer utilised in a household. This is because at the same time they are becoming more and more economical, their working power is growing to the point where they are as robust as desktop computers coming from just a few years back.

    Reply
  • October 28, 2019 at 16:07
    Permalink

    What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & assist different customers like its helped me. Great job.

    Reply
  • October 28, 2019 at 16:21
    Permalink

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your website is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this blog. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great web-site.

    Reply
  • October 29, 2019 at 10:20
    Permalink

    I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content by you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal website now 😉

    Reply
  • October 31, 2019 at 02:11
    Permalink

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be interesting to read through articles from other writers and practice something from other sites.

    Reply
  • October 31, 2019 at 17:27
    Permalink

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

    Reply
  • November 1, 2019 at 03:50
    Permalink

    I truly love your website.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own blog and would like to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thanks.

    Reply
  • November 1, 2019 at 19:43
    Permalink

    Good site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

    Reply
  • November 1, 2019 at 22:44
    Permalink

    I really love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own website and want to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Appreciate it!

    Reply
  • November 2, 2019 at 17:26
    Permalink

    Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you¡¦ve on this website. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great website.

    Reply
  • November 2, 2019 at 22:26
    Permalink

    You are so cool! I don’t think I have read through something like this before. So good to find somebody with a few original thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality.

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 03:50
    Permalink

    Very good info can be found on site . “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” by Doug Floyd.

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 04:09
    Permalink

    I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 05:36
    Permalink

    I’m just commenting to make you be aware of what a magnificent discovery our child enjoyed studying your webblog. She noticed a lot of pieces, which include how it is like to possess an amazing helping nature to get the rest without difficulty fully understand a number of very confusing things. You truly exceeded our own expected results. I appreciate you for supplying those good, dependable, educational and also unique tips about this topic to Emily.

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 06:02
    Permalink

    I¡¦ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i¡¦m satisfied to express that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed. I so much for sure will make certain to don¡¦t put out of your mind this website and provides it a glance regularly.

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 17:45
    Permalink

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100 sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    Reply
  • November 3, 2019 at 19:23
    Permalink

    I love it when folks get together and share thoughts. Great site, keep it up!

    Reply
  • November 4, 2019 at 03:54
    Permalink

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will revisit once again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

    Reply
  • November 4, 2019 at 04:12
    Permalink

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

    Reply
  • November 4, 2019 at 23:18
    Permalink

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before but after browsing through many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly.

    Reply
  • November 5, 2019 at 05:55
    Permalink

    Thanks for your helpful post. Through the years, I have come to understand that the actual symptoms of mesothelioma are caused by the build up connected fluid between your lining in the lung and the breasts cavity. The ailment may start within the chest area and distribute to other parts of the body. Other symptoms of pleural mesothelioma cancer include weight-loss, severe inhaling and exhaling trouble, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and swelling of the face and neck areas. It should be noted that some people having the disease tend not to experience almost any serious indicators at all.

    Reply
  • November 5, 2019 at 06:33
    Permalink

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

    Reply
  • November 5, 2019 at 19:05
    Permalink

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

    Reply
  • November 7, 2019 at 05:40
    Permalink

    I and also my friends have already been studying the good things on your web page and then instantly got an awful feeling I never thanked you for those strategies. The boys were definitely totally glad to read through all of them and have now surely been tapping into those things. Appreciate your getting simply thoughtful and for obtaining some superior subject areas millions of individuals are really wanting to be informed on. Our honest apologies for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

    Reply
  • November 7, 2019 at 05:53
    Permalink

    I really like your writing style, excellent information, appreciate it for putting up :D. “Your central self is totally untouched By grief, confusion, desperation.” by Vernon Howard.

    Reply
  • November 7, 2019 at 06:05
    Permalink

    Can I just say what a relief to seek out somebody who truly knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how one can convey a difficulty to gentle and make it important. More people have to learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more widespread because you definitely have the gift.

    Reply
  • November 7, 2019 at 06:08
    Permalink

    My wife and i got quite more than happy when Edward could conclude his investigation from your ideas he made using your web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to continually be freely giving information and facts that a number of people could have been making money from. And we all already know we’ve got the website owner to give thanks to because of that. The entire explanations you have made, the simple site menu, the relationships you will make it easier to engender – it’s got many fantastic, and it is helping our son and our family feel that that subject is satisfying, and that’s rather indispensable. Thank you for everything!

    Reply
  • November 8, 2019 at 17:55
    Permalink

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    Reply
  • November 8, 2019 at 19:48
    Permalink

    F*ckin’ awesome things here. I’m very glad to see your post. Thanks a lot and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

    Reply
  • November 10, 2019 at 06:08
    Permalink

    of course like your web-site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will surely come back again.

    Reply
  • November 10, 2019 at 06:23
    Permalink

    Hello very nice web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally¡KI’m glad to find numerous helpful information here in the post, we’d like develop more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

    Reply
  • November 10, 2019 at 06:25
    Permalink

    My partner and I stumbled over here from a different web page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

    Reply
  • November 12, 2019 at 00:43
    Permalink

    Very good info. Lucky me I came across your site by accident (stumbleupon). I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

    Reply
  • November 13, 2019 at 06:26
    Permalink

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for newbie blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    Reply
  • November 13, 2019 at 09:09
    Permalink

    I’m extremely pleased to discover this website. I want to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you book marked to check out new information in your blog.

    Reply
  • November 13, 2019 at 15:53
    Permalink

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    Reply
  • November 14, 2019 at 00:17
    Permalink

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won’t fail me just as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, however I genuinely believed you would have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something you could fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.

    Reply
  • November 14, 2019 at 05:55
    Permalink

    I must express my thanks to the writer for rescuing me from this setting. Because of checking throughout the world wide web and seeing things which were not powerful, I believed my life was over. Living without the solutions to the issues you’ve resolved by means of your main guide is a critical case, as well as those which could have in a negative way damaged my entire career if I had not come across the website. Your actual skills and kindness in handling almost everything was helpful. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a point like this. I can also now relish my future. Thanks very much for your high quality and result oriented guide. I will not hesitate to propose your blog post to anybody who should get care on this issue.

    Reply
  • November 14, 2019 at 06:31
    Permalink

    Usually I don’t read article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice post.

    Reply
  • November 14, 2019 at 17:44
    Permalink

    Hello there, There’s no doubt that your website could be having internet browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, great blog!

    Reply
  • November 15, 2019 at 05:40
    Permalink

    There are some attention-grabbing closing dates in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity however I will take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as well

    Reply
  • November 16, 2019 at 15:43
    Permalink

    Hello this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    Reply
  • November 16, 2019 at 22:29
    Permalink

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I came across this during my search for something concerning this.

    Reply
  • November 17, 2019 at 06:10
    Permalink

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100 sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

    Reply
  • November 17, 2019 at 18:13
    Permalink

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

    Reply
  • November 17, 2019 at 18:46
    Permalink

    I¡¦m no longer sure the place you are getting your information, but great topic. I must spend a while learning more or figuring out more. Thank you for great info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *