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We host one fundraiser a year called Solutions at Sunrise. This one-hour breakfast event is unlike any fundraising event you’ve ever attended. Built around the stories of people we’ve helped, Solutions at Sunrise offers a great way to get a vivid, insider’s look into the programming of one of Detroit’s most effective organizations. It is designed to introduce new friends to the work of the agency, while also inviting you to support the work we do through donations and other opportunities. The event is free and making a financial gift is optional.

The event:

Our eighth annual Solutions at Sunrise will take place:

Friday, October 25, 2013
8 - 9 AM
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226

To register to attend the event, please email Janette Rodriguez.

Last year, about 800 people gathered for Solutions at Sunrise. Attendees ranged from long-time supporters of our organization to those getting their first introduction.

In his keynote address, John Van Camp, president of Southwest Solutions, commemorated our 40th anniversary and the continuity of mission and values, even as we have grown from a small community mental health agency to an organization of more than 30 programs impacting 25,000 people a year.

“I joined our agency 39 years ago, one year after it started, drawn to it by the compelling vision created by our forefathers and foremothers” John said. “It focused equally on the wellness of individuals and on the wellness of the community. We can directly tie the vision they created to the concept of neighborhood revitalization that drives us today.”

John recognized two of our original founders – Bill Moldwin and George Van Antwerp – who attended the event.

Another founder was Monsignor Clem Kern, the legendary pastor of Most Holy Trinity in Corktown. Kern was known as “The Conscience of Detroit,” and his legacy is celebrated in the new film – Our Common Endeavor – created by Steve Palackdharry for the event. The film also profiles of the Pedroza family, who participate in our Family Literacy program, and Coniel Norman, who resides at our Piquette Square for Veterans.

After the film, Alfredo Pedroza delivered an inspirational testimonial. Alfredo was only 10 years old, but he comported himself with uncanny poise as he recounted how his family fled the violence in Juarez (Mexico) and is now building a new life in southwest Detroit.

Claudia Hernandez, who was 18 years old, also provided a testimonial that was deeply moving. Claudia, who became the first family member to attend college, spoke about how our dedicated counselors rejuvenated her will to live and succeed.

Claudia’s remarks followed a poem by Joseph Verge, a young poet with InsideOut Detroit, about the resiliency of southwest Detroit. Rashida Tlaib, who represents our community in the Michigan House, served as emcee at the event for the second year in a row. At the end of the program, Olga Stella, chair of the Southwest Housing Solutions Board, spoke persuasively about the need to support us.

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. As a measure of how compelling the event was, more than half of those who attended donated to our organization.

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.


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  • The event is built around Table Captains who recruit friends, family and colleagues to join them at a table of 10.
  • Table Captains are offered various resources including an Table Captains' Rally to help ensure success.
  • Guests from the general public are also welcome. Please register in advance.

Solutions at Sunrise features compelling stories of those we serve, presented in short films and in person. Leadership and sponsorship gift opportunities for the event are available and corporate tables at the event are encouraged. We welcome corporate support for our program expansion efforts. For more information, contact Janette at 313.297.1372 or email her.

Solutions at Sunrise 2012 Corporate Contributions

  • Fifth Third Bank (lead sponsor)
  • Brown & Brown Detroit
  • DTE Energy Foundation
  • Galbraith, Delie & James
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Plante Moran
  • Plunkett Cooney
  • Techmode

Our deepest gratitude to all our partners.


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