Mercy-USA Launches the Urban Warmth Project for Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Citizens 01-24-2018


January 24, 2018 

Mercy-USA Launches the Urban Warmth Project for Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

DETROIT, MI: Mercy-USA for Aid and Development, an international humanitarian organization is launching a domestic humanitarian effort in Detroit with the Urban Warmth Project. The organization’s staff and volunteers will distribute winter care packages to families and single adults in three of Detroit’s homeless shelters in an all day effort on January 27, 2018.

Kayla Botelho of Mercy-USA said, “The folks who manage these shelters told us that by the end of January their donated supplies dwindle while the need only increases during these very cold months.”
The organization has arranged three shifts of staff and volunteers eager to distribute the care packages that will help fill the needs gap for the city’s homeless population. Two of the three shelters covered serve families exclusively.

The care packages will include winter items like blankets, hats and gloves plus basic hygiene items. Mercy-USA will also donate disposable diapers to the shelters. “Feminine hygiene, diapers and simple things like shampoo are necessities we take for granted but are often unaffordable for families forced out on the streets to survive. We wanted to make sure that beside keeping warm, the specific needs of women and their children were being met.”

Winter care packages will be distributed at the following homeless shelters:

8:00 am-11:00 am

Manna Community Meals

1950 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216


11:00 am-2:00pm

Coalition On Temporary Shelter: COTS

26 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201


4:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Cass Community Social Services

11850 Woodrow Wilson St, Detroit, MI 48206



Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is an international humanitarian aid organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1988, Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.

For media inquiries, please contact Mercy-USA’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Kari Ansari at 703-628-0260,