by Pamela Young, Published July 11, 2013
YPSILANTI - More than 500 Detroit Tigers fans from Eastern Michigan University hit a grand slam for charity by raising $2,600 for SOS Community Services (SOS) during TRUEMU Day at Comerica Park July 10.
SOS is a community-based nonprofit agency dedicated to preventing and ending family homelessness in Washtenaw County.
During a pregame ceremony before the Detroit Tigers-Chicago White Socks baseball game, Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, Regent Mary Treder Lang and Vice President for Communications Walter Kraft presented a replica major league-size check to Chelsea Brown, SOS development director, and Cheryl Majeske, SOS outreach and volunteer recruiter. SOS received $5 from every ticket purchased through the Tigers' TRUEMU Day website.
"It is wonderful to be able to support a local non-profit and at the same time have a great time with our extended Eastern Michigan University family," said Walter Kraft. "More than 500 EMU students, employees, alumni and friends participated in this first-ever event -- showing our support for the first-place Detroit Tigers and for those in our community who work so hard to help others in need."
In Washtenaw County alone, nearly 10 families will become homeless each week according to SOS representatives. The agency works directly with more than 4,700 persons annually by providing comprehensive services that move families, individuals, children and youths from homelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent, stable housing.
SOS was founded in 1970 by Eastern Michigan faculty and students to help citizens of Washtenaw County. Originally called Students Offering Support, the organization was initially located on EMU's campus, and offered a 24-hour crisis phone line. The organization, now located in downtown Ypsilanti, has expanded thanks to partnerships with various organizations such as Eastern Michigan, local businesses and social service agencies.