Latino families provide lunch and needed items at drop in center

February 19th, 2016
Catalina Lopez (pink sweater) and her son Leonardo serve lunch to Dana Funchar at Go-Getters. Diana Castillo (yellow shirt) also serves a tray of food.

Families participating in our “Say & Play with Words” program volunteered at our Go-Getters Drop-in Center this week, providing home-cooked meals that they then served. Go-Getters is a gathering place for adults recovering from severe mental illness, many of whom are formerly or currently homeless. The 19 Say & Play families, all of whom are Latino, were divided into three groups, and each came on a different day. The families also provided Go-Getters’ consumers home-made blankets and scarves, as well as recycled t-shirt bags filled with toiletries.

The individuals at Go-Getters were very appreciative of the food and items, and were particularly delighted by the visit from children.

Say & Play is an innovative educational model for low-income families designed to increase preschool children’s vocabulary. Family service learning is integral to the model.

“We are grateful to our funders at PNC Bank and The Skillman Foundationfor providing our families the opportunity to learn together as they serve others in their community,” said Lynn McGregor, who oversees our Say & Play program. “The volunteer effort this week reflects weeks of planning and preparation that involved many language-rich interactions between parents and children. It is so rewarding to see the families in action and to hear of their interest in working independently to assist those in need in southwest Detroit.”

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