In our pursuit to eliminate poverty, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency has served as a lifeline for individuals in need since the nonprofit organization’s inception in 1971. This past year underscored just how vital Wayne Metro is to the people we serve when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hit home and the need skyrocketed. Far too many people in our communities were suddenly out of work, without the means to pay rent or utilities, make home repairs or even purchase food, and we answered the call – backed by federal, state and foundation funding – and expanded our programs, resources and impact.
We cherish our team members who make this work possible – some of whom began their relationship with us as clients. Many others have demonstrated growth within the organization thanks in part to the professional development services and educational support we provide. We pride ourselves in the fact that we invest in and lift up those we work with and for every day, and we’re thrilled when we get to witness personal and professional advancement as a result of this effort.
Jasmine Gilbert, 37, of Southgate, was a new mom when the pandemic hit and subsequently lost her job and her apartment. She reached out to Wayne Metro for housing support and not only found a new place to live as well as home goods such as dishes, curtains, and a vacuum cleaner, but she also received a computer and professional development support including assistance with her resume/cover letter and interview training. Gilbert ultimately landed a job within the organization as Community Resource Navigator. She now has a place to live, a full- time job, health insurance, a 401(K), and is saving to buy a home while in financial counseling through Wayne Metro’s many programs.
“Wayne Metro is in the blessing business,” Gilbert said. “They blessed me and now I’m able to bless other people. My job is amazing. I love my clients; I love the fact that I get to help people. It’s one thing to have blessings bestowed on you but when you get to help people, especially during a pandemic, you get to pay off their bills and help them make repairs to their house and help them get food, it’s amazing.”
Our team members use their individual strengths to help solve some of Wayne County’s toughest challenges and empower the community through collective impact. Wayne Metro employees can make a lasting impact in the fight against poverty and deliver tangible results that empower people and strengthen communities. Our employees teach independence and provide hope to the most vulnerable part of the population. Benefits include healthcare, education funding, professional development and a 401(K) plan with employer match and financial planning services.