Our vision is to aid in the revitalization of Detroit through empowering those in need. One way of empowering those in need is through our Revive Detroit project. This project includes shelter yard beautification projects that involve renewing landscaping and painting a colorful mural on the shelter wall to make the space more welcoming.
Detroit Is My Home was inspired by a citizen-led project in Tehran, Iran that spread a lot of aid through a small act of kindness. Empty wall-space in public platforms throughout the country were fitted with large hooks and a sign that simply read, “Take what you need, leave what you don’t.” Citizens were given the opportunity to place gently used clothing ranging from coats, sweaters and scarves to accessories such as umbrellas, gloves, and hats. Individuals in need of clothing would simply walk up to the wall and take whatever article they needed. This fosters a judgment-free and active humanitarian effort that can benefit many people in its simplicity and significance.
Detroit Is My Home wishes to start creating a series of inspiring murals around the city designed with large hooks to allow citizens to hang up donated items for those in need to take. Our first wall of kindness was created at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries private lot. Our volunteers painted a mural on the side of the building, repainted the outdoor furniture, cleaned up the lot and renewed landscaping in order to foster a welcoming bright environment for the individuals who visit the shelter. With more support through volunteers, donors and future grants, we hope to create more Walls of Kindness throughout the city of Detroit.