From Cass Street to Cass Corridor
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.