This week a new roof is going on! This is a big step and a big part of securing the house against the elements. Once this is complete we go from the top down in sealing the building against the elements and unwanted intrusion.
Phase 1 of construction will be complete when volunteers can safely enter the property. We’ve had a lot of interest from people who want to come and physically help us get the place in shape. We are hopeful to be able to let them in soon!
More than physical labor is needed to get us to the goal line:
We need help with home design
So far we’ve been pursuing renovation based on basic floor plans drawn by our contractor. We will soon be at the place where we need to be able to show and talk about an overall concept for what the house will look like. We need an imaginative architect who would be willing to help us design the unique multi-use building. If you have such a connection, please let us know.
We need funds
A lot of the home construction is going to be done with volunteers and through in-kind donations. But we also need the services of professionals to make sure that everything is done right the first time. Your gift, large or small, can make a big difference in this project.
We’ve come a long way since we purchased the home but we still have a lot further to go. When complete we hope that it will become a launching point for our work for justice in the Detroit area and a vibrant community resource. We won’t get there without your help!
The Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center provides free and low-cost legal services to people who need them most in the Detroit area, with a focus on recent immigrants and refugees.
We were founded in 2014 by Kevin Piecuch, our Executive Director and principal attorney, to help meet the great need for quality legal services in underserved communities. We believe that everyone deserves justice regardless of your country of origin, the color of your skin, or your ability to afford an attorney.