We’re committed to helping create a healthy metropolitan Detroit community and we support local programs that positively impact the quality of life of the people here in our city. The MotorCity Casino Hotel Helping Hands committee, an active group of associate volunteers established in 2003, is the driving force behind many of the philanthropic initiatives that help us make a difference in our community.

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Philanthropy & Community at MotorCity Casino Hotel

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Mariner’s Inn – Thanksgiving Dinner

On Monday, November 25, 2019 our Helping Hands committee partnered with Mariner’s Inn to provide and serve Thanksgiving lunch to residents and alumni of the program.

Mariners Inn serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction.

Mariners Inn provides 24 hour residential substance abuse treatment for adult homeless men of Southeastern Michigan, in a professional, compassionate, therapeutic environment conducive to reducing their problems of drug and alcohol addiction, thereby promoting their return to health, independence, and increased self-worth.

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Wish Upon a Teen

On Friday, November 8, 2019 our Helping Hands committee teamed up with Wish Upon a Teen and Children’s Hospital of Michigan to transform 10 children’s ordinary hospital rooms into fun, unique spaces that are relaxing, comforting, and makes them feel at home. The committee purchased and decorated the rooms in themes chosen by the children.

Wish Upon a Teen is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing resources, time and opportunities to teenagers with severe life-limiting medical conditions. Through creative, social, and educational opportunities, our goal is to normalize their environment and rebuild their self-esteem as they transition to adulthood.

Wish Upon a Teen’s founder, Michelle Soto, has an extensive background as a Child Life Specialist caring for children and teenagers. Through this experience, she learned that the particular needs of teens are often overlooked within the medical community. The combination of normal teenage stressors along with the impact of a severe life-limiting medical condition or injury can make the transition to adulthood extremely challenging. Wish Upon a Teen provides ongoing support, age-appropriate programs and a variety of fun events to teenagers throughout the United States.

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Cass Community Social Services

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 our Helping Hands committee partnered with Cass Community Social Services to provide and serve lunch to 150 people.

Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) was established as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) in 2002. Prior to that many of its programs started as a part of Cass Community United Methodist Church.

The Detroit-based agency works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing and jobs.

CCSS prepares and serves 700,000 meals annually.

  • 300 homeless men, women and children currently stay in one of CCSS’ shelters or permanent supportive housing programs.
  • CCSS operates two weekly free medical clinics and a day program for 125 adults with developmental disabilities.
  • 80 adults are currently employed in the agency’s Green Industries which marry jobs with sustainability.