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Christ Redeemer Church 15

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Christ Redeemer Church 15

Time: April 8, 2015 at 9am to April 10, 2015 at 4:30pm
Location: Motor City Blight Buster Storefront
Street: 17340 Lahser
City/Town: Detroit
Website or Map:
Phone: 985 640-1801
Event Type: volunteer, blight, removal
Organized By: Gordon Soderberg
Latest Activity: Apr 13, 2015

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Event Description

To support groups both large and small:

We are starting a policy of asking for a $30 per person donation to help pay for the materials, supplies and staff to manage the safety aspects of our volunteer events.

No groups or volunteers are turned away for the lack of funding THIS IS OPTIONAL.

We want to make sure those that can donate have a recommended donation.

For every donation of $20 or more, the volunteer receives a Blight Buster T Shirt as a thanks you and as a way for all of us to identify the volunteers at the our job sites.

Some basics:

    Visiting Groups (over 10) need to bring their own gloves and eye protection.

    Everyone should wear boots and denim or heavy work jeans.

    T Shirts for  groups 10 or more need to send their checks and shirt sixes at least one month in advance so we can be sure to have enough shirts in stock.

Dates& Times:

    Tuesday - Saturday 9AM (volunteer meeting and orientation)

Check our calendar of volunteer events and sign up or let us know what specific dates you are interested in and we can add them to the calendar.


    Volunteers are expected to follow directions provided by Motor City Blight Buster Team Leaders and staff of the programs you are working with.
    Safety is our number one, two and three concern. Please, look out for each other and follow directions.

We want your experience to matter to you and make a difference in the community.

    Your feedback on how we can improve the volunteer experience is always welcome.

    We are a small organization and need your volunteers help organizing the work we do and documenting what gets done us by becoming a members of website.

Over the past 27 years Motor City Blight Busters has concentrated on removing the burned out homes and blight from abandoned properties, which we consider a form of child abuse.

Since 2003, we have concentrated on rebuilding abandoned commercial properties into functioning businesses, cultural venues and community gardens in the Old Redford business district and land we cleared to prevent further dumping and improve the quality of life for our communities members and their children.

Our goals and mission are beginning to change with the increased investment by the city to remove abandoned homes to focus on rebuilding a vital community.

We are documenting all of our training and work using forums, blogs, videos, events calendar and image galleries of projects at

Four videos that document the mission, goals progress of Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit over the past four years. Video:

Detroit 2020/Motor City Blight Busters-Santa Clara Street Video:
Channel 10 - Neighborhood Blight Fighter's - Motor City Blight Busters Video:

Motor City Blight Busters cleanup in preparation for Veterans Village. Video:

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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on April 10, 2015 at 2:31pm

We are building up our tool library this year. If you would like to help fill in the needs list we have provided links to the specific tools we are looking for.

We will update this list as tools are donated and needs change.

Tool Library list.

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on April 10, 2015 at 8:44am
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on April 10, 2015 at 8:31am

At first glance, given the option to trade 80-degree weather and a cold drink under the Mexican sunshine for rainy skies in America's hardest hit city wielding a sledgehammer might be a tough trade.

But when removing the layers of deeper meaning it's a trade 15 local kids are happy to make.

In lieu of a stereotypical spring break adventure, 15 kids from Christ the Redeemer Church are trading sandals for work boots as they get ready help improve areas of Detroit. For three days the group will go between improving a park and continuing a project entitled "Farm City."

It was initially called the McLaren 7; located at McLaren and Lasher Road on the city's West side. Seven abandoned homes used to stand in that area before the Motor City Blight Breakers (MCBB) took them down to make way for a city block-size farm.

The 15 teenagers, who will be chaperoned by six adults, will depart their church on Waldon Road at 8:30am and will work until 4:30pm. In addition to "Farm City," the group will be working on a nearby park to help improve its quality as children will soon be utilizing its facilities.

"We'll be doing anything from raking the park, removing dilapidated fencing, picking up trash," Youth Ministry Leader Lisa Andridge said.

Christ the Redeemer Church has partnered with the MCBB for 16 years. The church originally began summer activities involving the same tasks but as interest grew more dates were added to the calendar. Twelve of those years they have have worked with the non-profit organization during spring break.

"Our kids have been working in that area for that last several years sledgehammering the driveways out." said Andridge. "It's different living in the suburbs and they've gotten to meet other folks and see how they live and see things we take for granted."

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