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While in New Orleans and surrounding areas after Katrina hit a couple of our founding members worked with and along side United Peace Relief; which was newly formed to accomodate the needs of disaster victims where there were located. They provided food, clothing and blankets as well as worked with other charitable organizations networking to provide relief and services. The people they were helping said to them when it was time to leave to go back and set up this type of operation in our own locales.
We in Detroit see that it has been a disaster zone, in many ways resembling the devastation of the Gulf region. Our neighborhoods are far apart, separated by blight and deeply affected by neglect in their own neighborhoods. Many support systems are gone while the need has risen. At the same time, in other areas not so far away, charitable services are offered and not taken advantage of as to the capacity of the offer can provide.
United Peace Relief Detroit operates in the same vein as the original United Peace Relief and is designed to travel to where the need exists and provide humanitarian relief. As well as food, clothing and blankets we provide resource information tailored to their needs and assist in obtaining available resources. Because we are local we can follow up on care, aid, whatever the resource, and keep updated on the availability of the resources. The advantage we have by remaining local, is that we are knowledgeable of the community and are able and motivated to continue to enrich it. United Peace Relief Detroit is all about local community, promoting food security, health awareness, emergency relief assistance, ongoing services through networking with local grass roots, non-profits and relief agencies through resourcing. We at United Peace Relief Detroit see that if all available resources, food, and possessions were utilized and not wasted or thrown away and local mobile outreach happened regularly, Detroit and Southeastern Michigan would be lifted up and all of our quality of life would be positively affected. Social anxiety, homelessness and crime would be reduced so that communities can grow to be healthier and happier.
Mobile emergency disaster relief in Detroit
Resourcing for those who need services and resourcing non-profits and grass roots organizations together that help them
- Jean Wilson
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