Our Charities

"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’   Matthew 23:34-46

 Seeing the face of Jesus in those in need. 

Jesus tells us in  the Gospel of Matthew that when we help the least among us - feeding, clothing, or visiting them - we are feeding, clothing and visiting him.  Because of this, we believe that we are able to see Christ in a special and clear way in the face of the poor and needy.  As a Council, we realize that that face of Christ is constantly being revealed to us in new ways.  We try to  constantly hold our eyes and hearts open to be able to perceive his presence as he appears to us today, here, now.  We expect to be surprised. Sometimes his face appears to us in the face of special-needs teenager, a homeless man, a young, pregnant unwed mother, in a dying parishioner, a family struggling with unemployment or an illness,, or a brother Knight in need.  We strive to be ready in prayer to respond in action. 

Below are just some of the agencies we try to help through our fundraising and service projects. We constantly look for new ways to respond to in charity and love.  Let us know if you know a deserving charity.

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 For Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Traditionally, the Knights of Columbus have had a special mission to help those with intellectual  and developmental disabilities. Our Council 8659 has developed a special relationship with the following local agencies that have a time-tested commitment to those with these special needs. 
The St. Louis Center
Chelsea, MI
St. Louis Center is a caring, Christian-based, residential community for the developmentally disabled. They are "grounded in compassion and the understanding that all people are equal in dignity, regardless of ability." Residents receive personalized services and abundant opportunities to reach their full human potential. The doors of St. Louis Center have been open since 1960. The Center is located on 180 beautiful acres along Old U.S. 12 in Chelsea, Michigan.

Angel's Place
Southfield, MI
Angel's Place a non-profit organization that provides homes and services to persons with developmental disabilities. "Each home is as unique as the individuals themselves." Founded in 1992, it  now encompasses twenty residential homes located in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County.  A non-residential program also provides community living support services to persons with these disabilities.

Oakland County Special Olympics
Troy, MI
Oakland County Special Olympics is part of the Michigan-wide organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics Michigan has been part of the Special Olympics movement since its start in 1968. Athletes "develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families."

St. Francis Camp On The Lake
Jerome, MI
St. Francis Camp on the Lake is a non-profit organization committed to providing "the ultimate camp experience" to children and adults with developmental disabilities. They provide week long summer camp programs which are aimed at "inspiring individual campers to be potent, loving, contributing human beings." Founded in 1984, the camp is located on 36 acres in the beautiful Irish Hills. 

The Arc of Oakland County
Troy, MI
Serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1967, the Arc "advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities." They "strive to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire our community and influence public policy." 

 For Pro-Life & Pregnancy Agencies
The Knights of Columbus are passionate about the dignity of life at all its stages, but especially the dignity of vulnerable pregant women and their unborn children.  Our Council 8659 takes the defense of the unborn and those women at risk of an abortion very seriously.  The following are local agencies that work with at-risk pregnant women to help them value the precious gift of their unborn child.
Mary's Mantle
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Mary’s Mantle is currently the only Catholic maternity home in the metro-Detroit area. The doors of the home opened in June of 2010. Since then, over 40 women and their children have called it home. Housing is provided for up to four expectant mothers at a time who are at least eighteen years old with no other children in their care, regardless of their religious affiliation.
Mother and Unborn Baby Care
Southfield, MI
Mother and Unborn Baby Care is nonprofit organization serving women in crisis pregnancies and their families since 1984. They provide free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds; peer counseling that is Christ-centered, informative and honest, without pressure or judgement; significant material support; and comprehensive referrals for other needs such as medical care, housing or professional adoption services. 
The Lennon Pregancy Center
Dearborn, MI
The Lennon Pregnancy Center offers non-judgmental counseling, material assistance and education before, during and after pregnancy. The Center encourages women to continue their pregnancy and provides its supportive services for up to five years following the birth of the baby. The Center "desires to break the negative cycle that often is passed down from generation to generation and to assist women in becoming the best mothers they can be."
The Oxford Pregnancy Center
Oxford, MI
The Oxford Pregnancy Center is vowed to provide quality services so that no woman should have to face an unplanned pregnancy alone. No judgement, no opinions, just honest answers and accurate information. All their services are free and confidential. Among the services they offer are: Pregnancy Tests,Ultrasound, Information about the dangers of Abortion, Education, Adoption Information, and Parenting Support
 Other Charitable Agencies & Organizations

Grace Centers of Hope
Pontiac, MI
Established in 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is one of the largest faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in southeast Michigan. Grace Centers of Hope offers a one-year life skills program for men, women, and children who are seeking shelter and healing for their souls. Their christian based approach to recovery offers the community and accountability which is so critical for long-term success.

FOCUS Campus Ministries
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is "to share the hope and joy of the gospel" with college and university students in Michigan and around the country. Through Bible studies, outreach events, mission trips and one-on-one discipleship, missionaries "inspire and build up students in the faith, sending them out to spread the good news and to live out the Great Commission: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19)."

Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Detroit, MI
Sacred Heart Major Seminary prepares candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit and for dioceses nationally and internationally. SHMS is a leading center of the New Evangelization forming priests, deacons and lay ministers "who are prepared to bring the truth of the Gospel to an increasingly secularized world."

Holy Cross Children's Services
Clinton, MI
In 2018, Holy Cross Services celebrates 70 years of service to Michigan children and families. Founded in 1948 as Boysville of Michigan, Holy Cross Services has grown from one site to 20 and continues to provide hope and healing to children, adolescents and their families. HCS services include residential campuses and group homes, charter schools, foster care homes, supervised independent living programs, day treatment and a variety of community-based services to help children live productive lives.

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"The Church cannot be "voiceless" or "tone-deaf" in defending and promoting people with disabilities. Being close to families helps them overcome the solitude into which they risk closing themselves because of lack of attention and support. This is even more true in terms of the responsibility of the Church to inspire and form a Christian life. The community cannot be lacking in words and gestures, especially, in reaching out and welcoming people with disabilities.

...In a special way, catechesis needs to discover and develop coherent ways to ensure that every person, with his or her gifts, limitations and disabilities, however serious, may encounter Jesus on their life’s journey and abandon themselves to him in faith. No physical or mental limitation can ever hinder this encounter, because Christ's face shines in the intimacy of every person."

Pope Francis, The Vatican conference on disabled persons.1/27/2018