Work Days

Work Days2016 has been the summer of rehab.  Thanks to our partnership with Motown Mission, volunteers came from as close as Clarkston and as far away as Maryland and Minnesota to work on homes in Brightmoor.  They installed plumbing, painted inside and out, fixed garbage disposals, installed new gutters and fascia, and demolished garages.  Other groups cleaned up the neighborhood by mowing and painting boards to place on abandoned homes.  Those activities were just by-products of the hope, joy and love that they spread to the people of Brightmoor.

We invite adult and youth groups to contact us about spending a day, several days, or even a week in Brightmoor doing mission and outreach work.  We will tailor a day to the interests and skills of your group.

Read Where I Have Seen God Lately to learn how one family was impacted by our work day mission teams. You can also read about our Acacia Corridor Project that has had such an impact on the neighborhood.

Then to schedule a similar project, please contact us.

See below and check out our Facebook page for many photos and videos of past work days.

Summer 2014

In our first summer of mission team visits, we had a dozen groups come for a weekend or a week:

  • Rhinelander WI
  • Grace UMC Youth (GUMY), Olathe KS
  • 45 Christians, First UMC, Birmingham MI
  • Motown Mission
  • United Methodist Men, Renaissance District
  • Palatine IL UMC
  • Plymouth MI UMC
  • 4th and 5th graders, First UMC, Chelsea MI
  • Life Changes (twice)
  • Young Neighbors in Action (twice)
  • First UMC, Warren MI

Hear what some of our summer volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander WI have to say about their time working with neighbors in a garden:

The Rhinelander youth also started the clean up and beautification of Acacia Avenue, a main route to Gompers Elementary and Middle School. This Brightmoor Alliance project will continue all summer long. Check out the before and after pictures.

Street cleanup

Click on the photo below to see many photos of our summer 2014 missions teams and the wonderful work they are doing in Brightmoor.

 Summer 2014 missions teams photos

Click on the photo below to see the delightful new paintings on the Brightmoor Free Store windows, courtesy of the youth group at Warren First United Methodist Church.

Paint Free Store windows

Click on the photo below to see more of the tire cleanup day sponsored by Brightmoor Alliance.  As Pastor Courtney said that day, “Today we break all the rules and bring the Kingdom to Brightmoor. They dumped tires on our community and now our church is the last stop as hundreds of volunteers, our neighbors, usher them out of Brightmoor to be recycled. This is the work of the church.”

Tire cleanup

The summer started with a week-long visit from the youth at Grace United Methodist Church in Oletha KS. Click on each of the photos below to see some of the work this wonderful group did.

Grace UMC youth group

Paint windows in Fellowship Hall

Archdiocese of Detroit Martin Luther King, Jr., Service Day

To honor the memory and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the youth of the Archdiocese of Detroit spent a day working at our church building painting murals to use around the neighborhood.

Click on the photo below to see more photos of this day honoring Dr. King.

Archdiocese of Detroit Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project

Archdiocese of Detroit Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project


On Saturday, October 5, nearly 250 volunteers worked in  Brightmoor in a project coordinated by the Detroit Renaissance District of the United Methodist Church.

Click on the photo below to see more photos of this wonderful day of service.


Plymouth First UMC youth group

25+ youth and adult leaders from Plymouth First UMC spent two days working on cleaning up yards and boarding up two homes on Darcy. They did a fantastic job mowing 4 lawns surrounding vacant homes and a couple of vacant properties.

The team also helped unload and arrange 15 new tables and 100 new folding chairs for the church. This would not have been an easy task without them!

Click on the image below to see photos of this wonderful team at work.

Plymouth First UMC youth group

Spring break youth mission project

Click on the image below to see a news report on the spring break youth mission project.

2013 Spring break work project news report

Then click on the photo below to see details of the spring break project.

Spring break youth work project photos

Detroit Partnership Day

Click on the photo below to see the change that can be made when you release 125 dedicated University of Michigan students and community volunteers on a clean-up project in the neighborhood.

Fall work day

Here is a video of a work day in the fall of 2012 showing the energy and enthusiasm of the people involved in this project as they clean up empty lots and board up and paint abandoned houses.