the Make Meaning Podcast

Great short podcast byLynne Meredith Golodner who interviewed BWB-Detroit’s ‘Danielle Doxie Kaltz  about the why and how of the Detroit backpack project!


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We are a 100% volunteer group doing Direct Action by Creating random acts of kindness & service to Detroit Homeless…one supply filled backpack @ a time. Always accepting donations! Once backpacks are filled we hit the streets looking for people who do not go to shelters and offer then a supply filled backpack. The backpacks are stuffed with socks, gloves, a hat, scarves, rain poncho, more socks, juice, hand warmers, water, a soft cereal bar, four-to-five canned goods from various food groups, a can opener, a toiletry pack that includes tissue, handi-wipes, toothpaste, a toothbrush and lip balm..and more if items are donated! Thank you for your donation.

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2yr anniversary of the BWB Free Store is THIS Sunday July 8, 2018

HUGE thanks to Madeline Frost and her amazing crew for all the continued work on the Free Store to help out the homeless of on!


It’s Our 2 year Anniversary of Free Store!!!
Come Celebrate with Us, weather permitting of course!

We now have Hairdressers and Barbers cutting hair FREE for the Homeless! It’s the added service we’ve been wanting to provide.

We hope to coordinate Sundays with Wobbly Kitchen this season.

How can you help??? Please Come out and Join us with your gently used/new clothes, shoes, belts – preferably menswear! Most of the homeless we serve are men. Come help us hang clothing! We start @9am. Clothes are ready by 10am.

Additional donations of bottled water and toiletries are appreciated!

Can’t make this date and still want to help us help them?
Visit our Amazon Wishlist and chip in! HTTPS://

Any way you can contribute helps us help others.

Thank you!




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Guest post..experiences on the street

So it took me awhile to tell my family i was collecting items and helping the homeless as i knew they would be worried.. but when i finally told them they started to get involved.  When I first took my mother on the streets I made her stay in the car or give out backpacks from the car window.

Now she gives them out on her own every year and even gives backpacks to her co-workers so they too can help others..

Here are two posts from her about experiences she has had.

thanks ~doxie


Just wanting to share a couple of experiences I’ve had while handing out back packs to the homeless and people who just need help.                                                                                                                   

Experience No. 1)

This story is about a gentlemen who was setting across the street from the shop where I work.   I didn’t see him at first because I park on the side of our building. But when I got to the office, one of my co-workers ( Don ), bought him to my attention.  It was January cold and snowing a little. When I looked out the window I could see he was cold, he was only wearing a shirt and slacks, no jacket or sweater.  Don told me that after he parked his car the gentlemen tried to talk to him but he ignored him and just kept walking across the street to the shop.  Then I noticed the man was putting his arms up each time a car would drive by and I could see blood, one of the other co- workers ( Pat ) run across the street and came right back and told us to call 911. {Allen} one of the owners of the shop called 911 again, another owner ( Kathy ) who still had one of the homeless back packs,( I had given to her) still in the trunk of her car, which was parked right outside the office door, so I grab it and run over the man. Pulled the scarf out of the back and wrapped around him.  The other co-workers and I surround him to try and give him some warmth.  He was having a hard time talking he just wanted so I took the bottle out of the back pack. That is when we saw the gentlemen had “No” hands.  They had been amputated and he was covered in blood but it wasn’t from his hands.  The amputation was done surgically and not recently.  About that time the police finally arrived and asked the gentlemen what had happened? Who had done this to him?  Why did he have blood all over him?   The gentlemen told the officer” his sister had done this to him but could not tell the officer why.   He gave the officer his name but could not remember where he came from or where he lived.  We called 911 for the second time because E.M.S. hadn’t arrived yet. When they finally did get there the lead officerwas upset that it had taken so long for them to arrive on scene.  So the officer then asked them sarcastically “what did you do stop for breakfast first” than told them, this gentlemen needs help A.S.A.P.   The paramedic checked him out and put him on the stretcher then put a warming blanket on him then started an I.V. drip, they put him in the ambulance they worked on him for about 30min. and then transported him to the hospital. After we returned the shop, Don came over to me and said “ he felt like crap because he had ignored  the gentlemen ” and the man had to sit out on the cold  45 mins longer then was necessary, until we did something to help him.   Because he just didn’t take the time to look at the man.I told him to try and take comfort in the fact that, he did finally say something  To me and because he did we most likely saved the gentlemen’s life.

Experience No. 2)

In early March after leaving the T.V. station in Detroit where I work, one day a week.   I drove over to Comerica Park to purchase Tiger Tickets but box office was not open at that time.     I felt the stadium and headed for Woodward.  When I got there I wasn’t sure where I could turn left onto Woodward or not?  So I drove straight across Woodward and turn on the first street that went left.  After turning onto the street I had to stop for a traffic light.  That is when I noticed a man setting on the sidewalk up against a building. I rolled my window down and asked gentleman if he would like a backpack?  He answered “sure would appreciate it”.  He asked me throw it to him, so I reach behind my driver seat and tossed the bag out the window.  It landed in the street then he yelled “it’s OK I will get it”.  That is when I saw, he was only able to drag himself.  About that time the traffic light turned green, so I put my in van in park and jumped out to get the bag for him.  I put my hands up and motioned to people in cars behind me so they would know I was helping the man retrieve the backpack.   I walked it over to him. Then let him know there are  gloves, a scarf, water plus a lot of useful things in the backpack. He told me “Thank you” and I told him he was “Welcome”.  As I turned to return to my van, I noticed 3 men who were wearing business suits and walking on the same side of the street.  I waited for them to pass and neither one of them would even look at the homeless person or myself.                    Carol L. Kaltz

Thanks mom for sharing.. both stories demonstrate difficult situations and show your compassion for helping others. thanks for taking the time to help these people and show others it is easy..just do something..anything…even if it is just saying hi!…



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McDonald’s Gift Cards…One Dollar menu!

From the Homeless Shelter Directory… they acknowledge McDonald Gift Cards.. which we have been giving out for like 7 years.. $5.00 can provide a hot high caloric meal inside a restaurant where the user can get warm.

McDonald’s $1 Menu Helping The Homeless Survive

The Homeless Shelter Directory would like to give a great thank you to the people of McDonald’s for providing your one dollar menu.

In our recent survey asking the homeless how they survive on the streets with little to no money. The top answer was by far the $1 menu at McDonald’s.

Local Food Pantries came in second in the poll.

With the $1 menu many who are homeless or are without any substantial funds can survive through the day.

In a secondary polling question, most of the money for the meals does come from those who donate cash to the homeless.

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This website is an amazing link to resources in your area to assist the homeless.

The Homeless Shelter Directory provides Homeless Shelters and Homeless Service Organizations. This includes all resources necessary to help the needy.

The directory was created for people who want to find and donate food and/or supplies to their local shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities are also needed at most shelters


There are many cities in Michigan to find services; Not sure how often these are updated but these are great leads!!


Choose from our list of cities below to find homeless shelters


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City of Detroit Warming Centers 2018

City of Detroit Warming Centers

The City of Detroit is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within city limits.

Cass Community Social Services, 1534 Webb, has 40 beds and provides services for families (male and female parents and children). The center is open from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m. Contact the Cass Community Social Services at (313) 883-2277.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has 100 beds for men only. The center, 3535 Third Avenue near downtown Detroit, is open from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. For information, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 993-6703.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has a second location with 25 beds for women and children only. The center, 3840 Fairview between Mack and St. Jean, is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.  For information on this location, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 331-8990.

The three facilities will operate daily during the cold weather months including holidays.  The locations combined are expected to accommodate up to 165 persons at a time.During extreme cold (temperatures that have dropped to 10 degrees), services will be extended to include daytime hours.

Clients may be picked up by vans from organizations that offer outreach services or be referred by other homeless agencies. Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission.

All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.

A full list of shelters across the city, including those privately operated, can be found at 

For more information regarding the warming centers, call (313) 224-9974.

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