Emergency Response Services, Inc. prides itself on leaving our community in better condition than we found it. We frequently have the opportunity to live out this mission with neighborhood cleanup events. A recent chance to beautify our surroundings arose when we partnered with MHT Housing and the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan.
The construction of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish was authorized in 1905, though construction did not begin until 1913. The exterior saw completion in 1915, however the interior was not finished until 1930.
By decree of Pope Pius XI, Detroit became an archdiocese in 1938, elevating the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish to the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral’s storied history even includes a visit from St. Pope John Paul II in 1987.
Over the years, the neighborhood around the Cathedral lacked the maintenance and attention needed to keep the area in its best possible condition. For this reason, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament sought to improve the appearance of the vicinity for all Detroit citizen to enjoy. Emergency Response Services, Inc. joined in to assist.
The ERSI team brought manpower and equipment such as hedge trimmers, weed eaters, lawn mowers, and more, to kick off the hard work. The tasks included trimming grass, tree limbs, and overgrown sidewalks, in addition to picking up litter and clearing access paths.
Once the cleanup was complete, volunteers and other community members enjoyed refreshments and a petting zoo. Families were able to get up close and personal with llamas, ducks, and goats. National Coney Island catered the event, serving up delicious hotdogs, watermelon, and drinks.
After cleanup, the Detroit neighborhood looked manicured and fresh for citizens to enjoy. Emergency Response Services, Inc. enjoyed being able to help the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament with their goal of enhancing Detroit.