PBJ Outreach – News & Events

May 2015

Mother’s Day Jewelry Event in Mexicantown!

This is the first year we expanded our annual Jewelry Day to Mexicantown and it was fun watching the young ones pick out presents for their moms. Next Saturday our MLK visitors will be “shopping”.

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April 2015

April Request – Canned Fruit & Children’s Underwear and Socks.

If you would like to donate canned fruit or children’s underwear/socks please bring them in through the west entry of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. The drive to the entrance is just past the church on the right behind the garage. The church is located at 47650 N Territorial Rd, Plymouth, MI. Please label the donation PBJ and drop it in the PBJ labeled box, which is right inside the door.

If you are volunteering with us, you can also bring the items the day or night you volunteer. As always, we thank you and our guests thank you!

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Happy Easter from PBJ!

Our friends from St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church came to Mexicantown yesterday and brought Easter baskets! St Thomas is a very generous supporter and long-time partner of PBJ.

Thank you to those at St.Thomas who made this happen!

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A New Location for Clothes Distribution!

This past Saturday our band of PBJ volunteers expanded our outreach and took clothes to Core City Neighborhoods to distribute for the first time. This will be a new location (about 1 1/2 miles from the MLK and 3rd location) in Detroit. Our volunteers also helped Lillian from Core City Neighborhoods with some of her projects.

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March 2015

Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser for PBJ Saturday, March 28th.

Look what some great high school volunteers put together!

Morgan Ameel (l-r), Kelsey Bogrow, Albany LaGore and Sarah Darling have scheduled a volleyball fundraiser for the homeless at Tecumseh High School for Saturday, March 28. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Morgan Ameel (l-r), Kelsey Bogrow, Albany LaGore and Sarah Darling have scheduled a volleyball fundraiser for the homeless at Tecumseh High School for Saturday, March 28. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Monthly Request – Jelly and Pantry Items

Our jelly jars are getting empty, uh oh!  We are not quite PB&J with out our “J”.

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If you would like to donate jelly or any other pantry items (canned vegetables, soup, fruit pasta, rice, etc.) please bring it in through the west entry of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  The drive to the entrance is just past the church on the right behind the garage.  The church is located at 47650 N Territorial Rd, Plymouth, MI.  Please label the donation PBJ and drop it in the PBJ labeled box, which is right inside the door.  If you are volunteering with us, you can also bring the items the day or night you volunteer.  As always, we thank you and our guests thank you!

PBJ and our very own Mark Moening in the news!

PBJ was mentioned in an article in the March 5th Observer paper and Mark Moening from PBJ was interviewed.  Check it out!

Win a Ford Truck and Help PBJ Win $25,000!

Ford Motor Company is sponsoring a Good Works campaign. The campaign recognizes those doing good works in their community and we know the PBJ volunteers do ‘great work’! You can enter here, http://fordvehicles.emipowered.net/goodworks2015. Our official organization name is P.B.J. Outreach, Inc.

Ford Good Works Campaign

Please read the rules before you enter. Thank you!

This Is How We Do It………Ever wonder what goes on during a Saturday morning prep session?  Check it out!  If you would like to participate, please visit the Volunteer page.

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Feb 2015

Monthly Request – Hand Sanitizers and Snacks

We are often asked what we are most in need of and this month our appeal is for the following:

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  • Small hand sanitizers
  • Large bags/boxes of snacks that we can then break down into smaller packages, such as:
    • Chips
    • Pretzels
    • Crackers
    • Cookies

Thank you!

See What Fr. Steve from Our Lady of Good Counsel Had to Say About His PBJ Experience

Read the article written in the January 25 OLGC Parish Bulletin

FR Steve Bulletin Article

Jan 2015

Are Our Guests Cute or What?

Check out the pictures from today’s activities in Mexicantown. If you are curious where PBJ sets up, it is right across the street from the beautiful Most Holy Redeemer Church.

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A Great Morning in Mexicantown!

PBJ had a great turnout on Saturday morning.   We were able to pass out PBJ, tuna fish and meat sandwiches.  The macaroni & cheese with ham was very popular – who wouldn’t like that!

The ever popular tamales were served, as well as some of the families were able to take home some canned foods and other groceries to help them get through the week feeding their families.

The team also distributed clothing for adults and children.   Take a look at some of the pictures of our friends in Mexicantown.

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United Way

If your workplace is involved in a United Way workplace campaign, please consider designating P.B.J. Outreach, Inc. as a recipient. The PBJ United Way number is 86-1096943. Thank you.

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PBJ Mentioned in USA Today!

One of our great volunteers was featured in the college edition of USA Today. Thanks for mentioning PBJ Josh York!

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Thank You Catholic Vantage Financial!

We were doing our usual on a Thursday night, processing clothing donations and loading the vans for distribution, when we had two visitors join us in the basement.  Peter Bagazinski and Emma Teller of Catholic Vantage Financial stopped by to deliver some wonderful donations they collected on our behalf.
Catholic Vantage FinancialPBJ would like to extend a big thank you to Catholic Vantage Financial employees and their members for the generous donations to PBJ. They held a coat and boot drive for PBJ which generated some great donations for those we service.  The Catholic Vantage Financial employees also participated in Jean Day on Fridays paying $1 each week they wore jeans to work.  On top of the generous clothing donations, Celeste Wojcik of PBJ (middle) was presented with a check for $150 by Peter and Emma.

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Dec 2014

Even Santa Volunteers at PBJ! – The annual Christmas shoebox distribution was held on the Saturday before Christmas. Santa and his volunteers passed out beautifully wrapped shoe boxes filled with gloves, socks, hygiene items and candy to our friend’s downtown.   The shoe box program was spearheaded by one family and their friends resulting in approximately 1200 boxes delivered to PBJ!  That was enough for PBJ as well as a few other charities PBJ partners with when blessed with extras.  It is truly amazing what PBJ supporters can do!

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Christmas Posada CelebrationPBJ was honored to host a Posada Event for approximately 125 children who are parishioners of The Most Holy Redeemer Church in Mexicantown. Mexicantown is one of the neighborhoods PBJ services and were thrilled to be able to celebrate with these families and provide gifts for the children.  If you would like to volunteer in the future and help with our ongoing service to the Mexicantown neighborhood, please visit the Volunteer page for more info.

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Lawyers Serving on the Front Line for PBJ – Dozens of Michigan lawyers and judges, have spent their Saturday mornings making sandwiches; passing out food, clothing, and books; and providing much-needed fellowship to the poorest of the poor in Detroit’s infamous Cass Corridor.  Read more about this beneficial partnership.