May 2013 
Cass Community Social Services

Upcoming Events
May 15
 Rev. Fowler at St. Paul's Presbyterian 

May 26

Memorial Weekend Carnival

June 21
Pre 4th Jazz Celebration with Ron Otis

June 24
Catch the Fireworks with Cass
Annual Dinner - Celebrating Ten Years
In March, Cass Community Social Services marked its first decade as a nonprofit at its Annual Dinner at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth.Many Cass supporters, employees, and even the Ambassadors came for a night of fun and festivities. The night included a silent auction, music performances, a great meal, and wonderful presentations.


Awards were presented from Cass by FOX 2's Huel and Priscilla Perkins to:
Church of the Year:
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church  
Employee of the Year:
Judy Harnish

Volunteers of the Year:
Bob Donna, Bob Pierce a
nd Tom Russell from Birmingham; and Gary Tobel, Greg Guise from Brighton; and Taylor Jacobsen from Saline Presbyterian

The night concluded with a rousing speech by Rev. Dr. Bill Ritter who asked and encouraged attendees to "adopt" apartments in the new Art Antisdel Apartments. Each apartment sponsorship is $2,500. The generous response was incredible.


Just 20 apartments are still available. Click here for more information on sponsorship.Please consider getting your organization, family or a group of friends together to sponsor one of the remaining apartments. We anticipate moving the first formerly homeless tenants into the building this November. 


  • Work Gloves
  • A Used Pick Up Truck 
  • Curtains


Boys and Girls Club Recognizes CCSS   
After along day at school, the children staying in residential programs at Cass are ready to have some fun! Twice a week, they are able to visit the Boys and Girls Club in Highland Park.They love playing basketball in the gym and competing with one another in the computer room. The Cass staff weaved the recreation days into the schedule and arranged for regular transportation over three years ago. 
Last month, the Boys and Girls Club gave Cass an award. Sheila Johnson 
was on hand to receive the Community Service Award for the agency. Other staff members instrumental in forging the collaborative effort include: Genevieve Nowak, Venise Pittman, Kim Baker, Gay Allen and Stephen Heard.

On Tuesdays, the children and youth stay at Mom's Place because volunteers from Birmingham First come to bring games, crafts and snacks. Often the arts and crafts projects are related to stories that they read together.   
Get Ready to Vote for CCSS!
The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge is about to begin. Please vote for us and  help us win the $25,000 bonus grant. Voting begins May 16th. Watch for our reminder email with the link to the voting site. We would love to have you encourage your friends and family to support us also. Every vote counts! 

Alternative Spring Break Groups Came From as Far Away as California!
During their spring breaks, five college groups called Cass their home: Students from St. Ambrose University from Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University Wesley Foundation,  and Soka . University from California. Middle School youth came from Midland, too. Group members went tire hunting, made mud mats and volunteered in the kitchen. We were thrilled to have groups from far and near.  For a well-rounded experience some groups explored Detroit, ate at Steve's Soul Food, and experienced our Wednesday night Warehouse Worship. We are looking forward to many more overnight groups this summer!If you have a group that would like to take a multi-day trip to Cass this summer, please call Sue Pethoud at 313-883-2277, ext. 203, so we can add you to our calendar.
In Memory

Cass has lost a good friend and former Board Member. Sister Kathleen Gaynor died on April 9 in Adrian.




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Detroit, Michigan 48206



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