Detroit’s historic buildings are being demolished at a rapid pace. Not often enough does an opportunity come along to preserve a historic building and serve a community. Spirit of Hope is doing just that. The 1925 building, attached to our 1892 historic sanctuary, is ready for revival, but it does not happen without committed believers in Detroit and our comeback. Help us serve hundreds of Detroiters and families every week.
Located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in the former Trinity Episcopal Church. The sanctuary, built in 1892 by James Scripps, is a unique Anglo-gothic structure. The Scripps/Booth family helped build up that entire corner of Grand River, Trumbull and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The family then moved to Oakland County and built the Cranbrook communities.
The education building, soon to be home to the new Faith & Family Center, was built in 1926 as a community center including a large floor for education, another floor for a community gymnasium, and a lower level with a large community dining room and kitchen.
Trinity has always been a working class congregation, representing its neighborhood. Today Spirit of Hope has a congregation made up of people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages and backgrounds. A mostly low income community, we seek to be relevant to our city, always changing and always reaching out.
Every week approximately 600 people come through the building for food, recovery from substance abuse, children’s or youth programs, urban farming, worship, warm clothing, HIV testing, fellowship and more. We are already the community center for our area, and want to save the building that we might continue to do the work we have been called and are excited about doing with our neighbors.
With this renovation the building will become handicap accessible, add several bathrooms, update entrances and reconfigure classrooms and offices for contemporary early childhood and neighborhood service. New electrical drops, a new parking lot and updated plumbing will transform the space into a more welcoming, useful and attractive place for all.
As of January, more than half of the funds are secure, and more partners are coming on board. But we are not there yet. We need you! Detroit needs you! Our families need you!
When a project is this big, every dollar and every donor is important. Even donations you may consider small go a long way in showing the kind of support and love we are receiving from our partners and community.
If you cannot donate now, but want to pledge for a year or two-year long donation, please contact us at:
Pledges help us know what we can expect over the coming year to help us pay any loans necessary to finish construction. Contact us to know more.
If you would like to contribute and name a room at Spirit of Hope
Spirit of Hope’s playground and park are known throughout the neighborhood. The park will receive a new sign with your gift. A regular summer gathering space for neighborhood meetings, worship and garden activities, this park brightens up a major entrance to the Midtown and Downtown areas of our city.
The three story education building from 1925 is anchored by a brand new Head Start early childhood center. Framed by the gymnasium above and the dining hall below, the center will serve at-risk families in our neighborhood and city. Always a neighborhood center, the tradition continues in the historic limestone building with hand-carved stone and beautiful architecture. The outside and inside entrance areas will be marked with the name of the donors.