Giving people a fresh start through shower and laundry services

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It all started when…

 a diverse group of volunteers helping out at Manna Community Meals saw an opportunity to provide additional services to the Manna Meal guests. This group of volunteers joined together to create the vision of providing those in need with a means to a fresh start. Corner Shower and Laundry was “born” and quickly developed a mission to build and operate clean and safe shower and laundry facilities and services where the homeless and others in need in our community can shower and launder their clothes.
 
The Corner Shower and Laundry"s Board of Directors meets regularly to develop strategy for fundraising and oversee ongoing operations.  We have been blessed to have a number of volunteers and donors who have participated in meetings and events and/or provided generous donations – both monetary and in services or goods. In addition to various volunteer opportunities, we also welcome participation in our meetings.  

Two organizations that are integral to Corner Shower and Laundry: St Peter’s Episcopal Church Detroit and Manna Community Meals.
 

 
 

Our Team

 
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We welcome all to share their talents and compassion as we address the needs of the most vulnerable.

The core council of Corner Shower and Laundry is comprised of a diverse group of caring citizens.  We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Unitarian, atheist, urbanites, suburbanites, students, teachers, retailers, consultants, and more.  We come together with the compelling vision of doing a good deed and repairing the world.

Board of Directors

Sue Goldsmith       Holly Goldstein 

Arthur Gabhart      

Janet Ray

Legal Counsel

David Pernick

Sue Goldsmith, Board Member since 2014

I think the homeless need showers and laundry for the most obvious reason - personal hygiene and wellness.  Most of us take for granted these simple events - to bathe and to launder - and don't always appreciate the benefits we get from them.  Prior to my involvement in this project, I didn't think twice about where or how others got these services, but once I became aware, it just felt like the right thing to do.  As our mission statement reads, "to give people a fresh start" is a simple, loving act that can provide health & wellness & so much more.

 

Arthur Gabhart, Board Member since 2016

I am interested in this because people need places with clean and safe facilities.         

 

 

 
 
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Strategic Partners

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St. Peter's Episcopal Church

St. Peter's Episcopal Church provides a home within their Parish Hall for the Corner Shower and Laundry to serve the homeless.

St Peter’s describes itself as a “welcoming, inclusive, Episcopal/ecumenical/earth-based congregation that practices communion as neither pretty nor perfect but open to all of us to show up as we are.  We are participatory, active, loving, and committed to the often uncomfortable challenges of inner and communal spiritual growth.”
 
CSL’s Board of Directors has worked closely with the Vestry of St. Peter’s to designate a section of St. Peter’s that CSL is renovating into the shower and laundry facility. We are so grateful to St. Peter’s for the strong support and sponsorship they have provided and continue to provide.

Manna Community Meal

Manna Community Meal is also located within St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and provides meals for approximately 120 guests daily, 5 days a week.

Manna Community Meals has served the homeless and others in need in the Corktown area of Detroit for more than 40 years. Its mission is to offer sanctuary from the harsh realities of the street and to foster human dignity. Manna Meal is affiliated with Day House Catholic Worker and is co-sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The soup kitchen is co-managed by Tom Lumpkin, Priest at Day House, and Marianne Arbogast. It is their guests that inspire CSL to build and operate this needed facility.

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, is considered as if he saved an entire world.
— Talmud
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IMPORTANT cONTRIBUTORS

Their support has been vital in getting us this far:

Abida Blaze, Blaze Belly Dance

Held fundraising dance recital for basement renovation 

Ana Escober

Interior Designer from Ecuador who developed first floor plan  

Barron Dumpster

Donated dumpster to haul away demolition debris

Curtis Bryant, People Helping People

Held fundraising dinner to for basement renovation

ds Architects, Inc

DS Architects, Inc. provided timed and input to create our working floor plan.

John Bigger, Integrity Building Group

Architect who developed final construction drawing and design

Katrina , Madonna University School of Social Work

Held Panera fundraiser for renovation 

Knights of Columbus

Volunteers who demolished the ceiling and financial contributors

M Laundering

 Donated 3 commercial washing machine and dryers

Michigan State University students

Consulted on social media exposure

MRA construction

Volunteered two days with their entire work crew for demolition 

Murphy Brothers Plumbing

 Fixed water waste pipe above the church

Paul Corrado, Corrado Construction  

Our General Contractor and supervisor of volunteer construction crews         

Robert Arens, Cal Poly SLO, Department of Architecture

Architect from California who advised on design issues 

Rotary Club, Birmingham location

Financial contributor

Sachse Construction

Sachse Construction gave time and input to help us create a construction budget.

Stacy Gittleman, Detroit Jewish News

Journalist who wrote several articles about CSL 

Three lyons creative group

Helped develop the first website and marketing material 

University of Michigan school of social work

University of Michigan, School of Social Work students
Conducted needs assessment, developed brochure and template grant proposals