Working Homes Working Families

Working Homes/Working Families is a new initiative between author Mitch Albom and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. The idea is simple. Detroit has too many empty or abandoned houses. It also has too many families who lack a decent place to live.

By encouraging the donation of homes that would otherwise go unused, then utilizing the efforts of volunteers to refurbish those homes, needy working families can be given a decent, clean place to live, one they must keep up while continuing to work. 

Working Homes/Working Families aims to encourage efforts between many parties. Cities thrive through neighborhoods. Neighborhoods need decent houses and people in them.

If you are interested in donating a house (significant write-offs may be possible), volunteering to refurbish, or just want to know more, please contact us at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries at (313) 993-4700 or email us at

To help fund the program, you may donate at

Meet the latest family we've been able to help
The first house rebuilt and donated through Working Homes/Working Families went to Kristy and Amando Wilson, parents to eight children. They had been living in a mold-infested rental. They are thrilled with their new home, rebuilt by volunteers from the Time To Help Program and made beautiful with donations from many generous people and businesses in the community.

Mitch Albom
The Wilson kids love their new home.

Kristy Wilson
Kristy Wilson sees her new
bedroom for the first time.

Isiah Wilson tries out his new bed.