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PCM Receives a Grant Gift of $10,000 from Shepherd’s Gate Church

November 28th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Project Compassion Ministries received a grant gift of $10,000 from Shepherd’s Gate Church, Shelby Township, Michigan on November 9, 2017.  The gift reflects a continuing reputation for supporting the efforts of those of us committed to improving the lives of our Lord’s senior children.

Project Compassion Ministries’ grant program will extend our Chaplaincy and God’s Love Bus Program to the underserved areas of Detroit and surrounding areas and promote a stronger sense of well-being, self-worth and life satisfaction among the elderly and individuals with disabilities.  The program will focus on reengaging the faith community to fully support the work of PCM and aging enrichment network development with congregations through technology, volunteers and continued relevant chaplaincy services.

The program is designed to benefit seniors improving their quality of life.  Once new ministries are developed at churches, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, it is hoped these facilities will budget funding to provide this unique ministry as an essential contributor to the interrelated body, mind and soul of a holistic church/nursing home team and their residents.

Project Compassion Ministries remains dependent upon the heartfelt giving of individuals and generous donations of churches, organizations and schools.

Plan Your God’s Love Bus Tours for Christmas and Winter!

November 3rd, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

It’s not too late to plan your Christmas and Winter trips.  Book your tour now!

The Christmas Light Tour is always fun.  Hines Park Lightfest is open from November 16 – December 31, 2017!

Make your plans this winter and explore the many activities in Southeastern Michigan listed below.

Theatre, Museums, Concerts, Detroit Zoo, Frankenmmuth, Emagine Bowling, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Bell Isle, Restaurants, Shopping, Local Events, Plays, DIA, Movies, Museums, Concerts, Casinos, Outdoor Adventure Center, Dollar Store, Detroit Tour, Sports Venues, Gibraltar Trade Center, Worship Services, Great Lakes Crossing.

To schedule a God’s Love Bus Tour, contact the office at (248) 569-9214.

PCM Receives Walker Bag Donations from the American Sewing Guild

October 13th, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

PCM extends a special thanks to the American Sewing Guild for their donation of over 100 walker bags.  PCM will distribute the colorful, useful and much needed walker bags to our dear elderly at nursing homes and senior living facilities in the greater Detroit area.

PCM featured at Faces of Hope

October 6th, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

Project Compassion Ministries was featured at the Wellspring Lutheran Services Faces of Hope event on Monday October 2, 2017 at Schoolcraft College.  Stories of hope were shared directly from the people we serve and how support of Wellspring impacts people within our community.  Faces of Hope reminds us of giving hope to seniors to preserve dignity and enrich their quality of life.  See our video at

PCM Bus Ministry Brings Joy to Seniors Today

September 20th, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

There are some cool bus trips scheduled today for our seniors to enjoy.    Sheffield Manor is going to the Tiger’s Game!  For some seniors, this is the first time to the Tiger’s Game.  This is such a blessing to provide transportation services for those wheel chair bound and ambulatory seniors to experience a change of venue for a few hours.

Four Chaplains Nursing Care Center is headed to Turkeyville in Marshall, MI.   They will enjoy dinner and theater along with an outside flea market.  It is focused on Grandma’s homecooked food and FUN!  The matinee featured is Ring of Fire The Music of Johnny Cash which inspires the audience and promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to an American legend!

Project Compassion’s  Bus Ministry celebrates bringing the gift of joy to seniors everyday.  To donate, go to and click on the Donate button.

Mary Thompson Grant Winners

September 8th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Project Compassion Ministries, Inc., the only provider of transportation for wheelchair bound seniors in Southeastern Michigan, is proud to announce the winners of the $10,200 grant endowed by Mary Thompson Foundation.

The four senior living facilities awarded were
– Hamilton Nursing Home
– Eastwood Convalescent Center
– Boulevard Manor
– Park East Healthcare Center
Trips are scheduled to begin in October.

PCM will provide transportation services with six (6) scheduled God’s Love Bus Trips to those underserved seniors at the nursing homes.  The project will be headed by Calvin Stewart, Bus Supervisor, who has been with Project Compassion for over 25 years.

Michigan Chronicle Article — Project Compassion Block Party and Neighborhood Days

September 7th, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

By Anne Marie Biondo
ARISE Detroit! Special Writer

They played music and read poetry. They swept broken glass from the sidewalks and cleared weeds and debris from alleyways. They visited with the elderly. They ran along downtown streets. They painted tree trunks.

They were among the thousands of city residents who participated in more than 200 events across the city on the 11th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhood Days on Aug. 5.
It was a day that lifted spirits, put smiles on people’s faces and beautified scores of neighborhoods across the city. It was a day, as ARISE Detroit! likes to say, that changed Detroit.

Toni McIlwain, ARISE Detroit! board member, of the Ravendale Community Group and Eastside Community Network, hosted 42 children at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center to paint pictures of the city’s only water park and Chandler Park’s gem. “Those children painted what they saw, and they saw nothing but beauty. They saw a brother and sister holding hands. They saw children splashing in the pool. They saw people laughing and enjoying their day.”
Barb Freeborn of Project Compassion Ministries helped organize a block party of for residents of eight nursing homes along East Grand Boulevard. “This is a great day for them. We have clowns and a strolling trumpeter. We have people who just sit and talk and keep them company. It lifts their spirits and improves their independence.”

Mose Primus of Yorkshire Woods community invited neighborhood children to help put finishing touches on the east side neighborhoods’ vegetable garden. About 50 children showed up to paint tree stumps left after Primus and his board members cleared six vacant lots to plant the garden. “We thought, let’s make the trunks into benches and stools. Once they dried, we decided to paint them. That’s where this paint party came in.”

Jomo King, Grandmont Community Association, drew 500 people for its annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Some 50 artisans, crafters and small business owners participated. “It not only allows us to showcase our local talent. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s no nonsense. You don’t often hear the positive things going on, but we just held a quality event in the neighborhood,” King said.

Tor Vinson, Detroit Roses, held a back-to-school supplies drive at Stoepel Park. “We decided to focus on youth, which ties into one of our pillars: Strengthening Our People. We pride ourselves on getting into the community. ARISE Detroit! helped us get the word out,” said Vinson.

Dr. Threada Lynn Young, of “Bridging the Gap, Bringing communities Together” walk/run on the Detroit Riverfront said the event was designed to bring old and new Detroiters together and drew 57 runners and 150 participants overall. “I didn’t think the communities, the neighborhoods were aware of what was going on downtown, in Midtown and along the riverfront. Sports is a way to break down racial barriers,” said Young.

Jevona Watson, of Detroit Sip, held an entrepreneur fair at her coffee shop on W. McNichols after cleaning up alleys behind six businesses. Her new coffee shop, Detroit Sip, will open in September. “We Detroiters cannot afford to pick and choose when we want to celebrate and be proud. We have to do it all the time. The lesson is, we will always need each other,” she said.

ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit coalition promoting community activism, volunteerism and positive images to create a better Detroit. Learn more at or phone, 313-921-1955.
Spirits soar and work gets done on 11th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day.


Announcement from Dr. Ingrid Draper, Board Chair

August 15th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
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 or Bridgette Boyd at
God Bless.
Dr. Ingrid Draper

44th Annual Block Party, Thank You!

August 8th, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

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!

PCM 44th Annual Block Party

July 31st, 2017 Posted by God's Love Bus, PCM Chaplaincy, Project Compassion Ministries No Comment yet

PCM 44th Annual Block Party


Gold Sponsor

Kitch, Drutchas Attorneys & Counselors

Bronze Sponsors

John and Leeanne Stenson

Brian Keith

Michigan Chaplains Association


Absopure Water

ARISE Detroit!

Erwin and Judith Aufdemberge

Elizabeth Hakola

Irene Martin

Carol Pohl

Eyla Russ

Lorraine and Glen Sattlemeier

44th Annual Block Party Details

Greetings in Christ Jesus!

It is time for Project Compassion Ministries 44th Annual Block Party on Saturday, August 5th bringing the Love of Christ to residents in over eight nursing homes on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The Block Party gives nursing home residents the chance to gather on the lawns outside of their homes and to socialize with our volunteers, (both young and old) from Detroit and neighboring communities.  They come together for one purpose: to bring the Love, Compassion and Joy of our Lord to His eldest children!

This year we are striving to ensure participation of our donors, churches and social organizations in our block party.  Most nursing home residents do not have regular visitors and greatly enjoy the conversations, the attention, the prayers, the games, the songs and (most of all) YOUR presence.  We are currently in need of entertainers: singers, musicians, dancers, clowns, magicians — you name it!

Please pray about what you can provide on this special day. Join the other volunteers for a continental breakfast, orientation for the day’s visits, and team assignments, at 12:00 p.m. at Iroquois Avenue Lutheran Church, located at 2411 Iroquois Avenue, Historic Indian Village, Detroit 48214.

Just before 1:00 p.m., volunteers will be transported to the nursing home visitation starting point by a PCM “God’s Love Bus.” Volunteers may also choose to drive their cars to the starting points. The party will conclude by 3:00 pm.  Volunteers are encouraged to gather back at the church around 3:15 pm for a time of sharing and socializing.

If you are not able to join us at the Block Party, please prayerfully consider one of the following sponsorship opportunities.
Platinum Sponsor $2,500                                                        Gold Sponsor $1,000
–    Prominent Logo on all Print Materials                            – Logo on all Print Materials
–    Mention in all Media Releases                                          – Mention in all Media Releases
–    Acknowledgement on Website/Social Media                – Acknowledgement on Website/Social Media

Silver Sponsor $500                                                                Bronze $250
–    Acknowledgement in all Print Materials                        – Acknowledgement on Website/Social Media
–    Acknowledgement on Website/Social Media

In addition, you are invited to go to explore other ways to provide assistance and support to this wonderful ministry, especially the Chaplain and God’s Love Bus ministries. Please prayerfully consider making a financial donation to support the ministry, volunteer your time and talents, or find many other ways to contribute.

The enclosed Block Party flyer gives more information about the event, as well as some ways that you, your church or social organization can make this a special day for the nursing home residents – and for yourselves.   For more information or to sign up, please call Barb Freeborn at Project Compassion at 313-897-7470 or 248-797-9046 cell.

Chaplain Eric Stenson, Executive Director

Project Compassion Ministries 44th Annual Block Party