Our tenth annual Solutions at Sunrise will take place:
Friday, October 23, 2015
8 - 9 AM
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
More than 920 people attended last year's Solutions at Sunrise at the MGM Grand Detroit.
The hour-long, breakfast fundraising event featured two new short films, two speeches by individuals served by Southwest Solutions’ programs, and a keynote address by the agency’s president, John Van Camp.
Many attendees have written to express their appreciation for the event. Among the comments:
“One word describes the event: ‘WOW!’ Detroit needs more of what you do at Southwest Solutions.
“Thank you for finding a way to share the amazing work that Southwest does every day in such an intellectually and emotionally powerful format.”
Many in the audience were already in tears before 18-year-old Sharrod McAllister took the stage after the film You Will Become. The film profiled Sharrod, as well as 16-year-old Sarah Sanders. Through counseling and other support services provided by Southwest Solutions, Sharrod and Sarah are recovering from childhood trauma and abandonment, and now feel hopeful about their futures. In his speech, Sharrod thanked his adoptive father, who was in the audience, for providing a loving home and getting him the help he needed.
Imad Morad spoke about his successful small business in the city, which he started with the help of ProsperUS Detroit, an entrepreneurial program led by Southwest Solutions. Imad came to America as an Iraqi refugee, after bring held hostage by Al Qaeda for seven months.
The other short film shown at the event was a tribute to the late Freddie Harris. Freddie was a formerly homeless and talented artist who received housing and support services from Southwest Solutions. Guests at the event were offered a free 24x36 poster of Freddie Harris’ artwork.
In his remarks, John Van Camp focused on Southwest Solutions’ model of neighborhood revitalization through an equal and interconnected commitment to Human Development, Community and Economic Development and Resident Engagement. John gave an overview of the breadth of programs that the agency provides, and made special mention of the Vista Partnership (a resident-centered development initiative), the proposed Wellness Campus in the neighborhood around Michigan Avenue and Livernois, new programs in early childhood education and at schools that take a comprehensive approach to help families become more successful, and Southwest Solutions ongoing work with veterans at Piquette Square and through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Board member Michelle Tanzey emceed the event, and Patty Scully delivered the fundraising message.
Solutions at Sunrise could not happen without our Table Captains, who generously volunteer their time, and invite friends, family and acquaintances to the event so they can learn more about the work we do.
To learn how you can be a Table Captain or attend the event, please email Janette or call her 313.297.1372. If you would like to donate to Southwest Solutions, please use our online donation form or, again, email Janette or call her at 313.297.1372.