Friends of Friendship House Online
9540 Conant, Hamtramck, MI 48212; 313-871-7443
Volume 6, No. 12, December 2011
Editor: Linnea Berg, Executive Director
Generosity Pours Into Friendship House For Needy Families
Holiday Food Give Aways:
The response to Friendship House’s plea for funds to buy turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving and
Christmas has been fantastic. We were able to provide 400 turkeys or hams for Christmas, and that is in
addition to the 398 we gave for Thanksgiving. Members of Genesis the Church (Royal Oak) collected
over $700 toward turkeys.
Twenty two families were adopted by donors this year. Donors were given first names, sizes, genders and
wish list suggestions. Families can only be adopted once in a lifetime.
Thanks is well deserved for food drives on our behalf from: Henry Ford Medical Center (Hamtramck),
Wellspring Church (Farmington Hills), Corinthian Baptist Church (Hamtramck), Covenant Baptist
Church (West Bloomfield), First Baptist Church of Dearborn, Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic
Homeless Kid Kits:
The First Baptist Church of Tekonsha drove up with 118 decorated shoe boxes containing goodies
especially for homeless children. Each both contained a bar of soap, a washcloth, a toothbrush and
toothpaste, plus toys, candy and maybe some crayons. They were labeled by gender and age range.
Friendship House is collaborating with Hamtramck Schools to deliver the shoe boxes to homeless
children since the schools know who they are. Some boxes are being kept on hand at Friendship House
for walk-ins. The church also brought candy and backpacks for next fall’s school supply give-away day.
The Principal of one of the elementary schools wrote: “I wanted to drop you a short line before leaving
for the holidays to thank you and the folks at Friendship House for your wonderful generosity. The
students were so surprised by the Christmas gift boxes as school dismissed today. Everyone who
received one walked out of the school with huge smiles on their faces. The Holbrook Elementary staff
really appreciates the work you do in our community.” Russ Robinson.
Families that signed up for the Adopt-a-Family program but were not adopted were able to pick up a
couple of items for each child at our Santa Shop. Toys, books, puzzles and new clothing have been sent to
Friendship House throughout the year (often by American Baptist Women) and they were included in the
First Baptist Church of Holly delivered 127 baby dolls, 60 hygiene kits, winter hats and gloves, baby and
Other sources of toys include Maine Street Restaurant, Holy Cross Parish and Maria’s Comida all
located in Hamtramck.
4th Sunday Supper Club Schedule:
January 22, 2012____________________________________
February 26, 2012___________________________________
March 25, 2012: Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
April 22, 2012_______________________________________
If you can bring and serve a light supper for about 35 people between 4 and 6 p.m., call Kim at
February 16, 2012 Comedy Fundraiser—SAVE THE DATE
Camp Lael and Friendship House will once again host a joint fundraiser on Thursday evening, February
16 at the Mark Ridley Comedy Castle in downtown Royal Oak (310 S. Troy St.). Doors will open at 7 and
the show starts at 8. The headliner will be Rocky LaPorte. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from
board members of either organization.
Friendship House Board Members are:
Jerome Bowie Denise Henderson
Dave Brault Patricia Simpson
Cindy Cole Gloriane Hymon Wiley
Carole Curley Tom Williams
Julie’s Kids Serenade Friendship House Staff
There is a great group of young men who frequently stop by Friendship House on the way home from
school to see if Miss Julie has any cookies or chips to spare. These kids tend to hang out together, stay
out of trouble, and focus on school. Most of the time, Julie can scrounge around and find something for
them. Anyone who has raised teenage boys knows that they are essentially empty shells that need to be
filled with copious amounts of food. In the photo below, they serenaded Miss Julie and the rest of us
with their rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” They give a good name to teenagers!
Board of Directors Hosts Staff/Volunteer Christmas Party
Staff and volunteers were treated to a potluck dinner provided by members of the Friendship House
Board of Directors on December 14 at Friendship House. After the dinner, the annual “White Elephant”
rounds began where wrapped gifts are opened and “stolen” by people with higher numbers. The most
popular item this year was a neck pillow with a built-in massager. Chocolate was a close second in the
most desirable gift category. A good time was had by all.
Praise Fellowship Church Volunteers with Year-End Mailing
For what we think is the fifth year in a row, members of Praise Fellowship in Plymouth traveled
by church van to Friendship House to help stuff envelopes for the year-end appeal letter. After
they made fast work of their tasks, they enjoyed old-world Polish food at the local Polish Village.
We appreciate their faithfulness each year, and they save us oodles of time.
Donations to Friendship House postmarked December 31, 2011 or earlier will be matched
dollar for dollar. Send a check to 9540 Conant Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212—mail it today!
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1,203 clients were served in the Harvest Food Pantry during November