Rippling Hope is an ecumenical non-profit neighborhood-focused ministry whose goal is to improve the physical conditions of targeted communities in Detroit by providing minor home improvement. Rippling Hope does free home repair year round when they have volunteers. Home repairs done include: garage painted, gutters cleaned, first floor painted, landscaping, vacant home board-ups. The volunteers come from not only Michigan but Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and more. This is the eighth year for Rippling Hope Ministries.

I attended Rippling Hope Leadership Meeting on April 14. I submitted 29 applications for GCA. We have the most applications submitted. Rippling Hope Volunteers will service 62 different groups in Detroit this year. 330 applications were distributed and at this time 271 have been submitted. Priority is those not serviced last year.

All home repairs must be assessed by a Rippling Hope Staff Member. On May 2, all 29 Grandmont applicants were assessed. Prior to this date, Ethel Smith and Regina Pierce assisted me in notifying our residents. I sincerely appreciate their commitment to Grandmont.

A Rippling Hope project is to produce library boxes for neighborhoods. This is a small house on a stand with books. The books are free. Rippling Hope needs book donations.

Free paint is available every 2nd Wednesday, 3-5pm & 2nd Saturday 10am-noon at the Rippling Hope Center for Mission and Service, 12801 Joy Road (corner of Joy & Appoline).

All residents receiving free home repair must do sweat equity. This means volunteering to assist the Rippling Hope Staff. Some sweat equity opportunities are: help with dinner, bring in a dinner for a volunteer group one night during summer, setup / cleanup for Rippling Hope Special Event, assist with the year-end financial campaign mailing, or give a donation. Carl Zerweck, Rippling Hope Executive Director, requested for association groups to come when volunteers arrive to help with dinner and talk about Detroit. Every evening after a day of work, there is conversation with the volunteers. Most important is the relationships. They share stories. Some volunteers have been here eight times.