Detroit ‘Open Door’ Ministry Provides Food, Clothing, More

By: Michael Fossbakk | February 26, 2020

There are thousands of Detroiters that are in need of assistance when it comes to basic needs, like food and shelter. We’ve highlighted a few organizations doing good work to help these folks out wherever possible. Today, we want to add one more to that list: Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

Through its Open Door program, Fort Street Presbyterian Church provides food, clothing, job coaching, medical screenings and more to thousands of Detroiters. It’s flagship program is the Thursday hot meal service where, from 8-11 a.m., people are welcome to come inside for a hot meal that includes coffee and cake. Guests may take home a food box, as well.

“Fort Street Presbyterian Church’s Open Door ministry provides people with a network of services that support their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being,” said director of Open Door Trish Hubbell. “We also know that human beings are wired for connection, and we strive to provide our guests with a sense of belonging. When people feel valued, respected, and cared for they can survive and thrive.”

On Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., guests are welcome to attend “Soup and Sharing.” This is a two-hour program where hot soup and fresh sandwiches are served and all are invited to share whatever it is they wish to talk about. Strengths, weaknesses, fears, excitement — everything is welcome to be shared here.

Guests may also acquire clothing from the program, whether it be for job interviews or just casual needs. Currently, Open Door is in dire need of men’s jeans (sizes 30-40 waist), men’s XXL – 4XL winter jackets and shirts, men’s shoes (sizes 11-14), and long underwear.

All of these programs at Fort Street Presbyterian Church are made possible by a team of staff and volunteers. Some have been volunteering at the Church for decades.

“Open Door has helped some people stabilize their lives, and restored their dignity and hope,” Hubbell said. “We provide many with a shelter from the storm of life — a safe space where they are welcomed and recognized.”

If you’d like to help the Open Door program further its mission of helping people, visit fortstreet.org to learn more about how you can help.