Faith-Based Volunteer Group Helps Spruce Up Corner Of Southwest Detroit

September 12, 2018 - 2:48 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A volunteer group is helping to brighten up a blighted corner of Detroit, one paint stroke at a time.

Rick Bronder is part of "Faith Works," a Rochester Hills-based Christian organization with a mission to help widows, single moms, veterans, people with disabilities, the elderly and others in need through actions rather than words. 

"We have every skilled trade that you can imagine in our group," Bronder explained, in an interview with WWJ's Lauren Barthold. "What we do is we go to their homes and we fix things; we try to keep their homes safe."

Bronder, who's retired, said that while members of the 80-member group typically help with things like carpentry, electrical, plumbing or even fixing a furnace, they're working on a special project in Southwest Detroit this week. 

"We're out here under a viaduct at Junction and Vernor, and we're painting murals. It's got birds, you know, and it's got water and some lava, flowing lava," Bronder said. "...I thought painting cars was the most important thing that I could do, but that's nothing compared to doing what I'm doing now, today. It's such a blessing to serve other people."

For information on how to get involved, visit this link