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|About||The Matrix Human Services Center, a 50,000 sq. ft. community center on Detroit's Northeast side, through collaboration with nearly 200 Mission Partners, offers visitors access to educational programming, recreational & community activities.|
The Mt. Zion Lutheran Church (founded 1924) was located at Gratiot and East McNichols on Detroit's east side. In October 1997, church members disbanded the church because of declining membership and sold the four (4) buildings and property to Matrix for $1. To meet the needs of low income Detroit residents, Matrix has pioneered the shared space programming model at the Matrix Center in the Osborn community. Many of the youth and families using the Matrix Center lack private transportation, so having multiple community resources in one location is an added benefit. Matrix will celebrate our 20th anniversary of the Matrix Center in 2017.
The Matrix Center encompasses a Mission Partner Network of 150 organizations providing programs and services, 360 days a year, to 15,000 Detroit children, youth, adults, seniors and families. It is located in one of the poorest and most blighted sections of Detroit. Through the onsite presence of Matrix and other nonprofit organizations, children, youth and families from low income families have access to free or reduced cost services: Head Start, after school youth programs , Tech Town, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, OTS Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, emergency food (Forgotten Harvest), arts programs for children/youth, youth summer employment program (Grow Detroit's Young Talent), health education, summer program for children/youth, midnight boxing/basketball for youth (Detroit Police Department partner), youth leadership program (NSO), financial literacy and much more.
Matrix Mission Partner Network organizations and tenants at The Center include: Henry Ford Health System Women Inspired Neighborhood Network, Henry Ford Health System Institute on Multicultural Health, United Children and Family Head Start, Forgotten Harvest, Narcotic Anonymous, NSO, Detroit PAL, John Seay Ministries Substance Abuse Training, Tech Town, Detroit Councilman Scott Benson's District 3 Office, University of Michigan Center for Family Advoca