Local Nonprofit Stepping up in a Big Way

By Matrix Human Services, Special for  USDR

Matrix Human Services, a 110 year Human Service organization in Detroit gives a standing ovation to employees for stepping up to help Flint, MI residents forced to deal with deplorable water conditions contaminated by lead. Thousands of bottles of water have been collected. Employees are asking the community to join forces to donate.  This water drive is being spearheaded by Jesse Butler, Director of Facilities for the long standing  organization.


“It takes one person to make a difference. When employees discovered I was collecting water from friends and family to take to Flint, they jumped on board and the effort simply snowballed. From there, complete strangers started contacting me to donate and one gentlemen simply gave me money to purchase water on his behalf.  It’s an approximate $3.50 investment to help,” said  Butler.

The water collected by Matrix employees will be distributed to specific organizations in the Flint area with whom employees have relationships with including but not limited to churches and nursing  homes.

Matrix Deputy Director, LeWanda Gipson applauds the efforts of all involved.  “Our Matrix employees have always risen to the occasion when there’s an opportunity to lend a helping hand, breathing life into our mission and serving those in need with passion and dedication. Our leadership team supports this drive and will use our resources to help neighboring communities,” stated  Gipson.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  This is not a donation to Matrix Human Service, therefore, it is not tax deductible.  This Matrix employee and community initiative directly benefits residents of Flint,  Michigan.

January 20, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  at:

DETROIT, MI  48201
(313)  831-1000

About Matrix Human  Services

Matrix Human Services is a Detroit-based tax exempt 501(c)3 social service organization with 600 employees and over $40 million in annual revenue.  Matrix offers a range of programs devoted to maintaining and supporting the family unit and improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages. Serving the community for 110 years, our mission is to fight generational poverty. Matrix runs the largest federally funded Head Start program in the City of Detroit at 40 locations serving approximately 1,900  families.

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