From Cass Street to Cass Corridor

The Albion crew at CCSS on July 28.
The Albion crew at CCSS on July 28.

Albion College faculty and staff volunteers joined hundreds of others from around the state and from points as far as Boston and Des Moines in serving at Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) in metro Detroit this summer. In late July, the Albion group assisted with a painting project and with activities that provide charitable support for CCSS, which operates several homeless shelters and other services to inner-city Detroiters in need.

"We're looking to fill the gaps in the system," notes CCSS founder Faith Fowler, '84. Her organization maintains the only shelter facility for homeless men with AIDS in southeast Michigan, as well as shelters for women with substance abuse problems. Her goal is to help her clients get the help they need, provide them with some marketable job skills, and assist with their reentry into independent living.

To that end, she has launched several ventures that provide skills training for the clients and generate revenue to support the organization's programs.

Albion College recently signed a covenant agreement with CCSS under which College faculty, staff, and students will engage regularly in service-learning activities at CCSS.

During its day of service, the Albion group painted and set up shelving in a room to house a document-shredding business that CCSS has recently begun.
The Albion group set up shelving in a room to house a document-shredding business.
During its day of service, the Albion group painted and set up shelving in a room to house a document-shredding business that CCSS has recently begun.
During its day of service, the Albion group painted a room to house a business that CCSS has recently begun.
Tom Hunsdorfer (President's Office) finishes an observation window in the document-shredding area.
Tom Hunsdorfer (President's Office) finishes an observation window in the document-shredding area.
Phil Hostetler (professor of psychology, emeritus) repairs a locker to be used by workers in the document-shredding area.
Phil Hostetler (professor of psychology, emeritus) repairs a locker to be used by workers in the document-shredding area.
Gerstacker Institute director Mike Frandsen learns how to make a mud mat, one of CCSS' principal fundraisers. The mats are made from discarded tires and are being sold all over Michigan.
Gerstacker Institute director Mike Frandsen learns how to make a mud mat, one of CCSS' principal fundraisers. The mats are made from discarded tires and are being sold all over Michigan.
Shana Plasters and Stacey Markin practice sign language with clients at CCSS' center for adults with developmental disabilities.
Shana Plasters and Stacey Markin practice sign language with clients at CCSS' center for adults with developmental disabilities.
Shana Plasters (Career Development Office, Sharon Hostetler (retired staff member), and Stacey Markin (Alumni/Parent Relations Office) display their newly created mud mats.
Shana Plasters (Career Development Office, Sharon Hostetler (retired staff member), and Stacey Markin (Alumni/Parent Relations Office) display their newly created mud mats.
Albion's faculty/staff work team learns about the culinary training offered at a CCSS shelter from Raphael, a former client and now a current employee.
Albion's faculty/staff work team learns about the culinary training offered at a CCSS shelter from Raphael, a former client and now a current employee.