Mission of ODF
Thanking God through service to others.
The Mission of ODF is to support our outreach charities serving the Detroit Metropolitan Area through fellowship and providing charitable, educational and outreach programs that inspire and improve lives. We serve by living the ancient Faith in a modern world, loving and caring for one another in our great city, as a very compassionate, vibrant and dynamic organization.
Charities We Currently Support
“DOOR Radio” actively shares and broadcasts discussions on moral and social issues, as well as announcing the work of each of our supportive ministries. “Fresh Start” actively supports the homeless of Detroit by distributing food and clothing.
Outreach Detroit Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in August 2015. We support several outreach programs that are designed to inspire and improve the lives of poverty stricken men, women, and children in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Our involvement stems from our experiences with people in the Detroit area who are struggling financially and suffering from hunger and homelessness. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 40% of the Detroit population lives in poverty. We have witnessed their struggles first hand while walking the streets of the downtown Detroit area and have decided to do something about it.
Our Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) program broadcasting from WNZK 690am, reaches all of Michigan and south as far as Toledo, Ohio. Our target population includes poverty stricken people in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, ages 5 and up (i.e. men, women, families, and children).
The need truly is great. Supporting the findings of the U.S. Census Bureau, which reported 39.3% of the population of Detroit living below the poverty level, Karen Bouffard of the Detroit News, has reported that Detroit statistically has more children living in extreme poverty than any other major city within the U.S. , Unemployment is key to poverty, and unfortunately, the United Way has reported that, almost half (49.1%) of Detroiters between 16 and 64 years of age were not working during 2010–2011, and corroboratively 27 percent reported working full-time during that same period.
In the suburbs of Detroit (i.e. cities in Oakland and Macomb counties), the number of people living in poverty is not as staggering however it is still significant (especially for counties of this size). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10% of Oakland County and 12% of Macomb County residents lived below the poverty level in 2013.
Many individuals are spotted sleeping on sidewalks, and begging for food in order to survive. Their clothing is worn and ragged, which only succeeds in lowering their self-esteem and morale. This can all be alleviated through the many services provided by community outreach programs, which can successfully help them overcome mental, physical and financial obstacles to rebuilding their lives and help them overcome poverty.
Our overall mission is to educate the metropolitan Detroit community on the outreach programs we support through our radio show on WNZK 690AM. Our vision is to make our target populations aware of the services available through community outreach programs in order to improve their lives.