Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Brother's Keeper

You know as depressing and dismal it is to live in this state it is nice to know there are a few glimmers of hope in this world and a few inspiring acts that of goodwill toward men that happen to renew my faith in mankind just when I feel like what little faith I have is hanging on by a thread.

I've always been a fan of Mitch Albom's work, now he's not the most eloquent of writers but he tells a good story and well he always has me coming back for more, especially when he writes about subjects that are real and hit home. I got his new book for Christmas....Have a little Faith and well as usual he doesn't disappoint. Sometimes the end of the story is just as important as the story itself though....Just good to know that there are still people out there, of influnence big or small that haven't lost grips with reality to the needs of the community. But Mitch's work within the community is more than just community service.....it takes him on a personal journey and the examination of  his faith along the way. Anyway I've pasted a little bit about his community project here in the ghetto and thought you might like to read about it. Oh and by the way, they finally hit their goal and the church now has the hole ( gigantic on at that) fixed.

The mission of A Hole in the Roof Foundation is to help faith groups of every denomination who care for the homeless to repair the spaces in which they carry out their work and offer their services.  The seed that gave root to the Foundation – and also inspired its name – is the I Am My Brother's Keeper church in Detroit, MI.  Here, despite a gaping hole in the roof, and no matter how harsh the weather, the pastor tends to his community to provide spiritual nourishment and a sanctuary for the homeless.
A Hole in the Roof Foundation raises and distributes funds to help pay for the materials and labor that are needed to help faith groups make such repairs to their most essential infrastructure:  replacing broken windows; shoring up load-bearing walls or loose foundations; repairing leaks and other plumbing problems; fixing or replacing heating sources.

Our first project is the I Am My Brother’s Keeper roof in the crumbling but vibrant Detroit church. After that, we will distribute any and all funds based on applications, need and the most good they can do.

The Hole in the Roof Foundation was established by Mitch Albom in 2009 and is a 501(c)3 charity organization based in Detroit, MI.  The board of directors includes Mitch and Chad Audi, President of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.


  1. I am affiliated with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and was aware of this project before I read Mitch's new book. (I love all his books.) So I knew in general about the church project.

    I live in Long Beach, CA and we are priviliged to get Mitch's column printed in our local newspaper - The Press Telegram - through the AP.

    A while back he wrote his column about the success of the project and the new roof!! I got vaklempt (sp??)! It's amazing how even in these economic times, that so many faithful friends came together to make this happen. There are wonderful people in the world and God is good!!


  2. That Mich is a great guy! I need to read more of his books. I loved Tuesdays with Morrie.

  3. MMP thanks for the comment.....glad you are able to get his column in your area, I am luck to get his radio show here also. And I agree with you God is good

  4. Doug, he's a great story teller, definately read 5 people you will meet in heaven, and give Have a little Faith a try too...