We want to say a special word of thanks to the United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit for their discernment of and decision to go forward with a loan to help us renovate the Foundry House! The Union was a key player in the founding of Motown Mission's parent 501c3, Young Leaders Initiative, and continues to make investment in United Methodist connected mission and ministry across Southeastern Michigan. Thanks!
"A loan was approved for Motown Mission Experience (also known as Young Leaders Initiative) to refurbish a house at 1449 Webb in Detroit. Motown Mission is now in its tenth year of welcoming youth and young adults from all over the city ... all over the state ... and all over the country to spend a week in Detroit and participate in hands-on urban ministry. In 2009, there were 48 participants. Last year, there were 561 participants. This year, Carl Gladstone has reservations from 722 participants.
Carl has long puzzled over where to house his team leaders. This house on Webb has four dwelling units and a total of 8 bedrooms. A member of Metropolitan UMC lives on site and will serve as house manager. Carl can house his leaders here, but he can also house entire groups of volunteers who come at non-traditional times of the year, when housing at Metropolitan UMC is not available.
The Union studied this unique proposal carefully, discussing it with creativity and animation. After adding several contingencies involving title searches and city permits, the loan was approved."
- Dr. Bill Ritter, Executive Director of the UMU