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Announcement from Dr. Ingrid Draper, Board Chair

August 2, 2017
Announcement from
Dr. Ingrid Draper, Board Chair
Project Compassion Ministries
 
Dear Friends of Project Compassion,
 
Recently, the Board of Directors of Project Compassion Ministries took action designed to reposition and strengthen our ministry for the future. While change can be difficult, the Board is excited to lead the organization boldly forward so that our good work will continue to have impact for many years to come.
 
Specifically, Project Compassion Ministries has entered into a strategic alliance with Wellspring Lutheran Services. This alliance provides for Wellspring to provide strategic guidance and support, as well providing a part time Executive Director – Ms. Bridgette Boyd. Bridgette began this new role on July 24th. David Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring, will work closely with Bridgette and the Board of Directors to assure strong support is provided.
 
Regrettably, this decision caused the Board to end its relationship with Eric Stenson, who will finish his official duties as Executive Director on August 7. No other staff changes are being contemplated at this time.
 
This strategic alliance with Wellspring will allow us to pursue important new initiatives, which include:
– Exploration of opportunities to reposition and ultimately expand our transportation services to the seniors of Detroit.
– Renewed and refocused relationships with congregations and other stakeholder groups with a focus on engagement and expanding volunteer opportunities.
– Important new collaborations and relationships within the City, enabling us to identify new partners and new opportunities for service.
 
Please pray for Project Compassion Ministries and all people affected by this important decision. The Board will provide updates as needed in the weeks and months ahead. If you have specific questions or comments, please contact me at idraper4@aol.com or Bridgette Boyd at bboyd@wellspringlutheran.com.
 
God Bless.
 
Dr. Ingrid Draper

44th Annual Block Party, Thank You!

Project Compassion Ministries would like to thank you for volunteering for our 44th Annual Block Party on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  It was a beautiful summer day to celebrate with our seniors, gather on their lawns, entertain and socialize.  Project Compassion’s goal was to come together for one purpose: to bring the Love, Compassion and Joy of our Lord to his eldest children!  The block party was, once again, a great success and we hope all participating enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our theme for decorations at the nursing homes was “Good Times at the State Fair!”  The winners will be announced soon.  All five nursing homes were up for the challenge so it will be difficult to select a winner.

Thank you to our sponsors Kitch, Drutchas Attorneys, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stenson, Brian Keith, Michigan Chaplains Association, Absopure and the many donors who helped make this event a success.  A special thanks to our community partners, Iroquois Avenue Lutheran Church, The Angel Foundation, Let’s Go Group and ARISE Detroit! for their help making memories for seniors and making a difference in the quality of life of residents living in nursing homes. Thank you ARISE Detroit! for helping to publicize our event in the community.  Thank you for our many volunteers and entertainers including the Original DJ, our strolling trumpeter, visitors, dancers, food preparers, bus drivers and clowns.

None of this would be possible without our dedicated staff and their preparation for the event. Iroquois Avenue Lutheran Church, who provided ongoing support for this event, with their attendance, cooking the food, and helping us with setup before and cleanup after the event,

We look forward to begin the planning for our 45th Annual Block Party in 2018 and hope everyone will join us again!

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