Greater Detroit Area, Michigan

Greater Detroit Area, Michigan

Metro Detroit is still on the mend from historic flooding that ravaged the city in the summer of 2014. Then-president Barack Obama declared it a major disaster for Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. That declaration helped to bring in assistance, but there is still a lot of long-term recovery work to be done.

Partner ministry: 
World Renew Disaster Response Services
Opportunity type: 
Disaster Response
Volunteer opportunities: 

Most of the work needed is reconstruction: insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, and painting. World Renew DRS is partnering with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other organizations that have a steady presence in the community. There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of the volunteer group.


Housing is available at a church on the east side of Detroit. Plan to bring an air mattress or cot, sleeping bag or bedding, pillow, towels, and personal toiletries. A kitchen is available for your group to prepare your own meals. Showers will be available at a nearby YMCA or health center.


Cost notes: 

Cost is $15 per person per night. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip outside of what the special funding covers, such as travel and meals. World Renew does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Packing suggestions: 

A general list of what to bring can be found on page nine of  Preparing to Serve. The site coordinator will tell you about any packing needs specific to this site. 


Volunteers must be 14 years old and above. For every five volunteers who are under 18, there must be a same-gender chaperone. 


No particular skills are required, but it is preferable for each group to have at least one person who has significant construction experience and can take the lead on group projects.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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