S.A.Y. Detroit was formed in February, 2006, after Mitch Albom went public with a plea to do as much for the homeless all winter as the city was doing over a Super Bowl weekend. He spent a night in a shelter to call attention to the issue. The response was overwhelming, and S.A.Y. (Super All Year Detroit) was born.
Since then, its accomplishments include:
- the nation's first full-time medical clinic for homeless children and their mothers
- a state-of-the-art kitchen at the Michigan Veterans Foundation
- a full-time day care center for the children of homeless women who are in transition or searching for work
- Newly refurbished homes for poor but working families, that are deeded over to them after two years of occupancy
- The funding of dozens of projects for Detroit area agencies