A couple weeks ago, I was asked to speak to my church about volunteering at Cass Community Social Services (CCSS). Inspired by my experiences at CCSS and my experiences with storytelling, I decided to not just give a speech, but to tell a story. Here's my story I told about why CCSS means so much to me personally (and it's why I pushed so hard to have CCSS be the charity we donate part of our ticket proceeds to from Listen to Your Mother this year).
A few years ago, I fell in love with Cass Community Social Services and all the work they do in Detroit; I fell in love with the people that work there and the people that live there.
So, yeah, I love Cass Community Social Services and I am so grateful to be a member of a church that supports them. I encourage, no I urge all of you to open your mind, open your heart and get involved with Cass Community Social Services. Go hear their stories and make them a part of yours.
Several people came up to me after the church service and told me about their own family members who struggle with addiction or mental illness. There were hugs, hand squeezes of solidarity and even a few tears. I felt lifted up by their connection and hopefully they felt the same. There is power in sharing our stories. There is power in vulnerabilty. There is comfort in knowing we are not alone.
Click here to find out more about Cass Community Social Services.
Click here to buy Reverend Fowler's book.
Click here to find out more about Listen To Your Mother and here to buy tickets to hear stories and support Cass Community Social Services.
Here's a video from when a few members of this year's LTYM cast and a couple of my kids went to volunteer at Cass.
(Click here to watch the video.)