Burners Without Borders rock the Street Store

In the heat of the morning, a small crew of volunteers came together to transform an empty sidewalk into a happening.  Atheists, agnostics, Pagan ministers, and more were on site to help Burners Without Borders make the Street Store happen this last weekend in the Cass Corridor area of Downtown Detroit.

Setting up with Rev. Gerrybrete of Universal Society of Ancient Ministry - Image Kenya Coviak
Setting up with Rev. Gerrybrete of Universal Society of Ancient Ministry – Image Kenya Coviak

Volunteers with joyful hearts and focused hands created a show room of apparel and material resources for homeless shoppers in the free pop up event.

The Street Store Burners Without Borders - Kenya Coviak
The Street Store Burners Without Borders – Kenya Coviak

The heat of the blazing summer sun seemed to show the inner shine of benevolent energy.

Shoppers come by foot and bicycle.
Shoppers come by foot and bicycle.

The two sides of Detroit ironically next to each other.

A poetic symbol of gentrification and division
A poetic symbol of gentrification and division

In the shadow of new developments, residents who receive none of the fruits of the “new Detroit robber barons” came together with the spirit of the old Detroit unity.

 

Madeline Frost and Danielle Doxie Kaltz in mission of compassion
Madeline Frost and Danielle Doxie Kaltz in the light of compassion

The architecture of a city embattled but still here stands sentry as its streets filled with hope.

Service with a smile
Service with a smile
Food was freely available
Food was freely available

Hundreds of articles of clothing, hygiene kits, water, and food items available to homeless citizens this day.

A view of the display wall.
A view of the display wall.
Hygiene kits - part of standard for Michigan's Burners Without Borders events
Hygiene kits – part of standard for Michigan’s Burners Without Borders events

The work doesn’t stop here though.   Burners Without Borders never stops here in Detroit.  Soup kitchens, charitable events, hat and glove drives, and a backpack program are a few of the programs that make up a tapestry of outreach and support that blankets Southeast Michigan with compassion.

 

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