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"Run for the Building Fund" Campaign

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Baby items available for Moms in need:  If you are a new mom or mom in need of items for your baby, DAPCO currently reserves eachThursday as our Parent in Need day between the hours of 1-3 p.m.  Currently we service existing clients and referrals from partnering agencies.  Parents need to call to schedule their pick up prior to Thursday; those being referred from another agency must bring a referral letter at the time of pick up.  The number to call to schedule your pick up will be (877) 832-1277 Ext. 103.

These are the items we normally have available: Diapers, wipes, formula and at times; other items. (Parents must be specific in expressing their needs at the time of scheduling) If we cannot provide the item(s) needed at the time you call, we will refer you to one of our partnering agencies. Thank you in advance for following the guidelines set forth.

NEW DEVELOPMENT: DAPCO will be participating as a educator and involved on the coalition of the Washtenaw County Coalition for Infant Mortality Reduction. As a coalition member and educator, our goal is to began conducting educational workshops for new moms and first time moms to be, educating them on various topics to ensure long life for them and their babies.


DAPCO will be moving into our newly renovated organizational office; Mid December. A history making week has been planned; A special project planned for December 15th - Thursday, DAPCO's history making event as we renovate our new permanent office location, 127 North Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. TEAM DEPOT will be heading up the renovation project, courtesy of HOME DEPOT, Carpenter Road store. Recruiting volunteers, not spectators, if you are interested in volunteering, Call (877) 832-1277 Ext. 103. A Open House is being planned for January 2012. Stay tuned to our Calendar of Events for breaking news. In preparation of the Open House, please visit our "Wish List" page our our website for gift suggestions to bring to the Open House event.

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Crochet Club

Held at Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Coordinated by Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach, in collaboration with Parkridge and Staff and the community. Offering crochet instruction for youth aged 8 and up who desire to learn the techniques of crocheting, reading patterns and completing projects. As of fall, we've been joined by some of the EMU interns who come to Parkridge to offer tutoring in class subjects, afterward they join us in the crochet class. (See below some of the recent class photos) No one gets away with just coming to spectate, you must join in and help us with the least detail of rolling the yarn into a ball before projects begin. Thank you men and boys for helping us out with this meaningful task.


PSA for new reoccuring event
Prisoner Family Support Group Meetings

New location for meetings will be held at our newly renovated executive office, 127 North Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Families of Prisoners Support group and Alternate Solutions are collaborating to provide support to families and friends of incarcerated persons in the Washtenaw County area. Support group meetings will be held beginning September 8 and continuing the 2nd Thursday of each month thereafter and the 4th Saturday of each month. Meetings will begin @ 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

If you have a loved one or friend currently serving prison time… and 
· Feel bewildered and don’t know what to do next
· Don’t know how to support your loved one or friend who is incarcerated
· Don’t know how to navigate the legal system
· Feel you need someone else to talk to who is in the same situation or have experienced what you are going through,then this support group may be what you’ve been looking for. Our goal is to provide emotional support, offer resources, advocacy or anything else you may find helpful. We will walk this journey together. FOPS & AS are here for you!

*Alternate Solution is a program component of DAPCO. If you would like to get involved or need more information before attending one of the support sessions, feel free to call (877) 832-1277 Ext. 103 or email us at

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DAPCO is participating in Kroger Community Rewards. Register to get your Kroger Card or update an existing one.

Be sure to add DAPCO to your card, using this number: 83178. A percentage of your purchase will go to support our programs and services.

Link here to get started:

Kroger Community Rewards


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DAPCO is preparing to host our 2nd Annual Dove Awards Recognition Banquet, which is tentatively set for Fall 2011. We are accepting nominations for those you feel have made a reasonable contribution to the community efforts of Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach. Potential candidates must have been active with DAPCO events and programs during 2010 & 2011, making a contribution financially, in-kind hours or physical man power. YOU MAY EVEN NOMINATE YOURSELF. Please Fax forms to: 734-544-0950 or mail to: P. O. Box 19119, Detroit, MI 48219 by August 31, 2011. ALL NOMINATORS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL unless otherwise communicated. Nominees will be showcased on the DAPCO website until the cut off date. See form on the bottom left to print out and mail or fax.

Nomination Form - Click to print

Nomination #1: Submitted by Brenda R. Griffin

Dear Mrs. Parker and Dove Award Committee,

It is with great pleasure that I submit this nomination for the Dove Award for Mrs. Cynthia Richards, DAPCO Volunteer.

Having known Ms. Richards for several years and currently serving with her as Co-Call Coordinator for Praising and Sharing with My Sister Conference Call Program, I have learned and experienced her dedication and love for people and ministry.

As call coordinators, Cynthia and I have invited women to share their gifts and talents with our organization and ministry. What I so appreciate about Cynthia is her willingness to support P&S program even though she is living in another state! Cynthia "stepped up to the plate" with a spirit of unity and sweetness when asked for her assistance.

I know that Cynthia may not have been so comfortable having to prepare communications to our facilitators and to our sister participants which required both our formulating and sending e-mails twice monthly for our conference calls. She did not, however, complain, but was always agreeable and would remark that she would do her best....and she always did...her best! Working so close with Cynthia,I knew there were occasions when she had to devote time to her family's needs which oftentimes involved travel. I don't recall Cynthia ever excusing herself when she really could have and would have been excusable!

Not only has Cynthia displayed a dedication to the program, she has also been an encouragement to so many with her prayers, phone calls, messages, notes of encouragement and other acts of kindness which she did not have to take time to display. Cynthia does not love in just word, but in deed and in deeds!

It is therefore, my express desire and honor to nominate Ms. Cynthia Richards...all the way in Lake Charles, LA,for the 2010 DOVE AWARD!

May the Lord continue to bless and keep her as a Jewel to DAPCO and to the people she ministers to along the way!


Brenda Griffin
Ladies of Destiny and Purpose, Int'l
Praising and Sharing with My Sister Conference Call Program
Co-Call Coordinator

New Staff - Community Liaison's
Annette McGhee

If you desire to start a business, but do not know where to begin or if you want to expand an existing business,  LODPI is offering FREE coaching and entrepreneurship sessions to low income persons from the Metro Detroit area. Sessions are also available at a nominal fee for those more fortunate.  For details or to schedule your orientation, call (877) 832-1277 Ext. 103 or email your request to: (put in the subject line "Entrepreneur Coaching Session request" 

New TutorsDAPCO is aggressively recruiting tutors and mentors.  Most of our recruits for our reading literacy program tutors are coming from Eastern Michigan University.  We are happy to train and recruit anyone who wants to impact a child’s life and help them learn to read.  Our tutors will be available for tutoring throughout the summer and fall; daytime and after school appointments are also being set up now at various local schools in Washtenaw County.  Mentors are also being recruited: we are always in need of quality role models, male and females, who want to become a positive force in the life of a youth. For more details, please email your interest to

We welcome our new

Sharon Cummings
Jacob Kroeker
Iesha Jackson
Kaitlynn Williams
Karen Savage
Michelle Carter
Toni Jarnigin

(upcoming trainings can be found on our upcoming events page)

Summer Employment Training ProgramDAPCO will be engaged in our Summer Youth Employment Program, training and preparing young adults between 16-21 years old for today’s workforce.  The program is tentatively set to begin Mid-May and continue until September 30, 2011. Scheduling of youth workers will begin immediately and worksites are being coordinated now to maximize the learning exposure of the youth involved in our program.  More positive details on this program will be forthcoming.

Recycling CampaignOur recycling campaign kicked off Monday, May 2nd and will continue until August 1, 2011. We are asking all of our friends and well-wishers to support us during this campaign as we collect and recycle old ink cartridges and cell phones.  We are even offering pick up of these items.  If you would like more information, or would like to set up a donation box at your place of business, call our office at (877) 832-1277 Ext. 103 and a staff person will call you as soon as possible.  Help us as we help our environment, and also raise needed program dollars.

Download the Recycling Campaign flyer


Last year, a special committee was formulated to enhance our current Board of Directors.  We are proud to introduce to you our Clergy Advisory Committee, the Committee is comprised of committed leaders in the community who have linked up with Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach to make a positive impact in our world.

The Committee

Diane Washington

Milton C. and Brenda Woods

Luvenia Miles

Lennell D. and Carol Caldwell

Risarg and Linda Huff


Information & News!
Help is needed in the following areas (Call the number above to schedule an interview)
Office Help
Grant writer
Community Closet Caregiver
Event Planning
Professional fundraiser
Web design
Desktop Publishing
Board Members
Mentors (Male & Female)
Youth Motivational Speakers
Reading Literacy coaches

We welcome volunteers & new office staff:

Bernice Pender
(Detroit Office)
Dianne Houge-Alexander
Tre'Nisha Jones
Jibre Johnson
Leah Bullard
(Washtenaw Office)

Fund Development Committee:
Charles Gillespie
Connie Smith

Advisory Board Members
Sedrick Robinson
Judge Brenda K. Sanders
Ben Vos

DAPCO welcomes Ms. Gail Roberts to our Advisory committee. Ms. Roberts brings a wealth of expertise in the field of Marketing.

DAPCO welcomes DeMarco to our Advisory committee. DeMarco is a professional trainer and brings a wealth of expertise in the field of physical training and healthy living.


Poetry Winner Cynthia Canada


In April, DAPCO was one of several non-profit agencies approached to submit a poem on behalf of our organization. All poems submitted had to be original, related to the programs and/or services of the submitting agency. All contestants who entered the contest had a chance to win $10,000, $5,000 or an IT comprehensive program, valued at $995.00. One of our long time volunteers, Mrs. Cynthia Canada, who has written poetry in the past for some of our events, was chosen by our Executive Director to write a unique poem just for DAPCO.   As a result of Cynthia’s submission, DAPCO was one of the agencies selected to win the IT comprehensive program. We thank you Cynthia for answering the call to action.  You can view Cynthia's tribute poem at a later date and will be posted on this page.

You are always welcome to learn more about us, by attending any of our events or programs.