Natalie Cherrin and Leah West with Temple Shir Shalom’s Alyah Al-Azem

Faces & Places: Project Healthy Community And Mental Health

Project Healthy Community

Project Healthy Community held a successful Strolling Dinner March 15 at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit. More than 220 people attended the event to celebrate five years of programming and to honor Rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel with a Community Development Award. A sermon by Bennett inspired the vision that drives PHC.

The diverse audience included representatives from many nonprofits and religious organizations as well as PHC partners, sponsors and dedicated volunteers.

The room was filled with energy and enthusiasm, due to a keynote speech by Deputy Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District Alycia Meriweather. She commended PHC for listening to community members and institutions to identify areas of need, specifically citing her meeting with their leadership. The guests left with a clearer picture of the mission and vision of this organization that impacts communities in need through educational and nutritional programming.

Mental Health At Jewish Family Service

More than 20 b’nai mitzvah students (including a large contingent from Temple Shir Shalom) gathered at Jewish Family Service on Sunday, March 18, to talk about mental health — and to make a difference in the lives of teens who are struggling.

As part of JFS’s Because We Care program, participants learned about mental health awareness from Ginger Houghton, director of behavioral health at JFS. Then they created stress-relieving kits for the teens who come to JFS for counseling. Each kit included homemade Silly Putty, stress balls and journals, as well as notes of encouragement.

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