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January 03, 2003 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-01-03

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were looking forward to delivering
meals for a church in Royal Oak. "It's
a mitzvah we enjoy," said Janel
Tarnow, a second-year participant with
husband Steven, who added, "We're
helping those who can't get out today.
Their adult daughter, Michelle, was
joining them.
Residents at Grovecrest Supportive
Care in Pontiac, a home for the aged,
were happy to receive visits from sev-
eral families with children.
"It's a different experience for our
children," said Barbara Guttman of
Novi, accompanied by her husband,
Jay, and children Eric, 13, Amanda, 8
and Jennifer, 6. "They need to see
everyone isn't fortunate enough to
have family visiting today."
Also making the rounds of resident
rooms was Joe Starr of Farmington
Hills with his twins, Shira and Zach,
7. "People love to talk,' Starr said.
"This is just a nice thing to do."
Site coordinator for volunteers at
Grovecrest was Marla Zwas of
Southfield, participating with hus-
band, Jerold, and children Raffi, 2,
and Atara, 4.
Grace Centers of Hope, formerly
the Pontiac Rescue Mission, offers a
30-day emergency shelter and a one-
year residence for substance abuse
rehabilitation. Mitzvah Day volunteers
helped organize a new food delivery at
Grace and served the noontime
Christmas meal.
Nathan Hubbard, 13, of Leonard
Township said he had organized the
pantry previously with the Boy Scouts.
"If you've got things people need, you
should help," he said.

Volunteers working with him
included Shirley Brooks and her hus-
band, Morris Kaplan, of Walled Lake.
Among those holding down the fort
in the lunchroom were first-time
Mitzvah Day volunteers Micha Zwick
of Southfield and Lesley Weiss of Oak
Park. Zwick was site coordinator. He
and Weiss served pizza to the largely
male group of diners, who also were
offered salad, fruit and cake.
Weiss felt good about her experience
at Grace Centers. She volunteered
because "it was something I could do
to help the community on a day when
nothing else is going on." 0

From top:

Shirley Brooks of Walled Lake helps
stock the shelves at Grace Centers of
Hope in Pontiac.

Emma Casstevens, a resident at
Grovecrest Supportive Care in Pontiac,
is greeted by the Corson family of
Farmington Hills, from left, Richard,
Ben, 7, Madeline, 10, and Diane
Greenley.

Micha Zwick of Southfield
hands out pizza to a person
at Grace Centers of Hope.

Opposite page:

Edith Adimaro, a resident at Grovecrest
Supportive Care, gets to know Jennifer
Guttman, 6, of Novi.

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