DETROIT (WWJ) – A well-known Detroit literacy advocate suffered a devastating fire that has left her homeless, and the community is reaching out to help.

Many refer to Sylvia Hubbard as the book-booster.  She founded the Motown Writer’s Network 13 years ago to promote local authors and reading.

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Hubbard and her three children lost everything in a fire earlier this year.

“Even though we lost everything, we have each other and no one can take that away from me at this time, and I’m just so grateful ” Hubbard told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis.  “I’m just grateful we got out alive. The fire department was saying, you know, a lot of times in those flash fires, you usually are losing somebody.”

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A fundraiser for Hubbard is Saturday at the Carr Center in downtown Detroit.

“We just want to do all that we can to encourage her,” said event organizer Andrea Daniel, who said they’re looking for monetary donations as well as furniture and clothing.

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