St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Detroit (4860 15th Street) gives year-round services to low income and homeless individuals, which requires a lot of time, love, care and donations. There is a Soup Kitchen that operates 6 days a week and helps between 120-300 people each day. There is also a free medical clinic, a free dental clinic, a free library, free legal services, a clothes closet and more. All of this is organized through volunteers under the leadership of Joe Micallef, who has worked with the church and the Malta Medical Mission for the past 30 years.
The Soup Kitchen provides well-rounded, healthy meals to those who need it. This could not be done without the businesses that donate food. Every month relatives of the Western Market family go to the church with a car full of food from the store and they stay to help prepare a meal and do other volunteer work which keeps the service programs going.
Aunt Rosalie and Uncle Lad are active community volunteers. They enjoy cooking at the soup kitchen, and Aunt Rosalie also volunteers at a local hospital doing free Reiki treatments for cancer patients. Both are immigrants who came to America with their families, who also lived through the Great Depression. Their appreciation of going through struggles helps them to see the value in helping others now that they are in a position to do so. Rosalie and her family came from Italy, first to Canada and then to Michigan. Lad is Czechoslovakian.
Western Market is committed to year-round giving. In addition to St. Leos, we give to Forgotten Harvest every week and we routinely donate to Ferndale charities and groups.