Our seventh annual Solutions at Sunrise will take place:
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
8 - 9 AM
Detroit Masonic Temple
500 Temple Street
Detroit, MI 48201
To register to attend the event, please email Janette Rodriguez.
Last year, about 900 people attended our sixth annual Solutions at Sunrise on Wednesday, October 5 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.
John’s speech was followed by the premiere of a short film by Steve Palackdharry called The Chance to Change, which shows how Southwest is helping to create a new culture of learning in the city. This theme was also expressed in the three testimonials.
The impressive turnout stemmed from the volunteer efforts of 90 Ambassadors who recruited friends and associates to attend. Over the past five years, Solutions at Sunrise has raised more than $2 million, and the event underscores the increasing importance of philanthropic support to carry out our mission. The 2011 event raised about $150,000.
The event featured a keynote address by Southwest Solutions President John Van Camp, a new short film about the organization, and testimonials by individuals served by the agency. State Representative Rashida Tlaib served as emcee.
“Our passion and that of our many partners is centered on the rebuilding of the city and we are proud of our role in it,” John said. “We believe we are one of the vehicles of change in this city that is worthy of your investment.”
John recounted several noteworthy accomplishments of Southwest Solutions in 2011, all resulting from strong and dynamic collaborations. They included:
Barbie Ray spoke about how counselors at Southwest have helped her overcome the absence of her mother and the tragic death of her stepbrother. Barbie is 11 years old, in sixth grade, and a straight-A student.
Vanessa Johnson talked about the housing, counseling and support services she has received from Southwest. “Southwest has helped me heal and become whole again,” said Vanessa, who serves on the board of Southwest Housing. “I know that I am one of many thousands that Southwest has helped over the years. And I feel privileged to say on behalf of all: Thank you.”
Rosa Gutierrez spoke about her participation in our collaborative community organizing initiative called Our Kids Come First and how the initiative is working to improve schools and their environs.
Near the end of the event, Lisa Nuszkowski spoke about the importance of supporting the work of Southwest and asked attendees to invest in the organization as we continue to change lives and strengthen community.
“At a time when our city faces greater challenges than ever, Southwest Solutions finds a way to make things happen,” said Lisa, who also is a member of the Southwest Housing Board.
To learn how you can be an Ambassador or attend the event, please email Bob O'Brien at or call him 313.297.1370. If you would like to donate to Southwest Solutions, please use our online donation form or email Bob or call him 313.297.1370.