Providing food, clothing and assistance to those in need has been a cornerstone of Pastor Absalom Hamilton’s ministry since he founded his church, Kingdom Living Ministries, in 2006.
Hamilton and his church members will continue their tradition of community outreach on Saturday at the 16th Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhood Day.
ARISE Detroit’s mission! is to unite groups across the community and encourage volunteerism to build a better Detroit. Neighborhoods Day brings together churches, schools, and nonprofits to organize events ranging from blight relief to distributing school supplies.
This year, Neighborhoods Day will host more than 100 events, including art festivals, concerts, vaccination campaigns and book giveaways.
“There really aren’t many cities doing what we do, especially on such a large scale with so many organizations and participants,” said ARISE Detroit’s Executive Director! Luther Keith. “We’re giving people hope and uniting communities across Detroit by doing something like Neighborhoods Day.”
Hamilton and members of Kingdom Living Ministries, located on Detroit’s northeast side, plan to distribute clothing and provide a lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips and soft drinks to those in need. Worshipers also plan to clean up the area around the church in the Gratiot and Pelkey area near McNichols.
“Neighborhoods Day is an opportunity to realize what we read in the scriptures and do all we can to help those in need,” Hamilton said. “Whether it’s handing out school supplies or scheduling a doctor’s appointment, Neighborhoods Day is another day our ministry can help members of our community.”
Kingdom Living Ministries has participated in Neighborhoods Day since its inception in 2006. This year they are joined by Greater Harvest Ministries, which is hosting an event with children’s activities and a cleanup of Detroit’s West Side and East Outer Drive Block Association, which plans to plant and water flowers along the East Outer Drive median between Van Dyke and Sherwood streets on the east side.
“On this day, Detroit residents of different ethnicities and different economic backgrounds can all come together and resolve to do whatever they can to make Detroit a better city,” Keith said.
To attend or volunteer for a Neighborhoods Day event, go to www.arisedetroit.org.
Donovan Fobbs is a Detroit Free Press summer apprentice.