DETROIT (WWJ) – Much needed help is on the way for Detroiters who were burned out of their apartment building on the city’s west side this week. St. Vincent de Paul gave some residents of the Jason Manor Apartments gift cards and other assistance as they work to piece together some semblance of home life.
WWJ’s Beth Fisher spoke with Cheryl Kuczewski, who drove from Armada to drop off donations.
“We brought all kinds of clothing … women’s clothing … large size cause I saw some bigger ladies out there, shoes, purses,” she said.
Katherine Jackson, one of at least 50 residents displaced by the fire, lost everything that day, escaping with her one-year-old grandson.
Jackson is grateful she and her family were not hurt and is grateful for the help. “I had to grab him. He didn’t have on nothing … no he did have on his pamper and his shirt. I had to grab him. We went outside and in the cold. I didn’t have no socks on, no shoes on, no nothin’ on.”
On Friday, WWJ reported that Sinai-Grace staffers were so moved by what happened, they created a fund to help their patients rebuild their lives.
Sinai-Grace is accepting check donations through March 13th.
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St. Vincent de Paul will begin assisting Jason Complex fire victims, Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Christine’s Christian Services building, located at 15317 Dacosta Street, Detroit, 48223.
St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be working with victims in the old white convent on the grounds of St. Christine’s, which states CHRISTIAN SERVICES on the outside of the building.