Posted on 12/18/2023 in News & Announcements

CCSS Christmas Store Brings Cheer to Detroit Families

Winston Churchill said, ” We make a living by what you get, but we make a life by what you give.” President Joan Hennessey and Vice President John Hennessey take that to heart.

Hennessey Engineers family and friends recently gathered together at Full Moon Bar and Grill in Riverview, shared good cheer, and collected toys, hats, gloves, and jackets to benefit Cass Community Social Services’ (CCSS) Christmas Store. The Christmas Store provides the opportunity for unhoused men and women utilizing Cass’ emergency and residential programs to shop for their children for Christmas. It takes one day for volunteers to set up shop at the CCSS Activity Center located  at 3745 Cass Avenue in Detroit. The next day parents “shop” in person for unwrapped toys and clothing. Donations come from various individuals and business.

Faith Fowler, Senior Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and Executive Director of CCSS said over 600 families were served by this program last year and they hope to increase that significantly this year. CCSS is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) that works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing, and jobs. It relies on volunteers to help accomplish its mission. For more information on CCSS volunteer opportunities, please email: