Serve In the Community
Christ Church Cranbrook has ten Community Partners.
Community Partners are non-profit organizations to whom we are committed to help their mission in as many ways as we can. They provide many opportunities for service that include short-term, “one and done” events and longer term projects that include utilizing participants’ professional skills.
We asked our ten community partners to share five phrases about the work they love to do.
For more information and to be a part of God’s dream to make our city a place of warmth and comfort for all, contact Pastor Manisha who can put you in touch with the Advocates.
When you serve by reaching out beyond your neighborhood and walls, you are participating in the mission of God to transform the world through the love of Jesus Christ. To give everyone an opportunity to serve, to give, to love others and to be transformed through the acts of mission and outreach we are offering the following opportunities throughout the year:
167 W Pike St, Pontiac
Advocate: JJ Benkert
- create a nurturing and safe place for children
- recognize struggle and celebrate improvement
- offer academic tutoring, creative art and healthy cooking experiences for children
- provide nourishment for mind and body
- belong, care and share
Crossroads of Michigan
2424 W Grand Blvd, Detroit
Advocate: Michael Andrews
- love and encourage
- feed the hungry
- clothe the naked
- find jobs
- nurture families
All Saints Episcopal Church
171 W. Pike Street, Pontiac
Advocate: Coco Siewert
- share God's bounty through a gardening ministry
- fill the food desert
- partner with All Saints, our sister church in Pontiac
- feed the community with a breakfast every Saturday
- give people dignity while they shop for donated items
Horizons Upward Bound
Cranbrook Schools, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
Advocate: Rich Lamb
- listen to high school students read out loud
- tutor high school students
- work in the garden (year round during growing season)
Church of the Messiah, Episcopal
231 E Grand Blvd, Detroit
Advocate: Dietrich Knoer
- worship together
- breakdown barriers between “Suburbia” and “Detroit Inner City”
- support youth programming in the BLVD Harambee … Building Leaders for Village Development.
- build unlikely friendships with people who you would otherwise probably not meet
- support integration and inclusivity within the Episcopal Church
212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac
Advocates: Pam and David Byrd, Cherie Foster
- feed people so they have the strength to take the next step out of poverty
- serve people with dignity as they enjoy lunch
- create a space for families with children to have dinner
- clothe the homeless and provide laundry facilities
- offer after school enrichment
Hope Village Initiative
1355 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit
Advocate: Robert Carrigan
- Create a 100% safe, 100% beautiful, 100% clean HOPE Village community.
- Educate children and their families
- Build family financial stability and neighborhood economic opportunity
- Encourage and support resident leadership
- Attract partners and resources
South Oakland Shelter
18505 W 12 Mile Rd, Lathrup Village
Advocate: Shirley Green
- I was hungry and you gave me food.
- I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
- I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
- I tell you, whatever you do for the least of your brothers and sisters you did for me.
8131 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit
Advocate: David Jensen
- safeguard refugees as they establish new homes in our midst
- nurture loving homes (for children, seniors, and people with disabilities
- provide access to healthcare to those in need
- create access to affordable housing
- protect the poor and teach them life skills
Oakland County Jail
1201 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI
Advocate: Sara Prepolec
- visit the imprisoned
- teach the Gospel
- create a safe/confidential/loving conversational environment, if only for a little while.
- help and pray for those who have hit a low point in their lives
- heal the wounds of the hurting