Thank you to everyone who has taken a part in any PUSH events or has donated or spent time in prayer. Here is our recap video (PRESS PLAY)
On a breezy Saturday morning in April (22nd) some of our Detroit PUSHers met to clean up around Central High School in the neighborhood around it. We filled bags with debris, garbage, and other things that had gathered over the years on the corners and in front of homes. Our founder, Rufus Sims was able to talk to some of the neighbors and also receive encouragement say “we need more things like this”.
In the afternoon we drove north to Pontiac in efforts to clean around the old Emerson Elementary school that now closed, had broken glass and other forms of garbage that was affecting the image for the neighbors. There, we gave away flowers to the neighbors and encouraged them to “Keep PUSHing” until they see the change that they want to see.
Until the next event
Founder of The Push Network (Detroit / Pontiac)
On Saturday, May 13, we held an open fundraising photo-shoot in Southfield, MI at Inglenook Park. Those who came, did so in high fashion and were only asked to donate money in amount that would benefit the SPA Awards (Single Parent Awards). The SPA Awards is our way of ‘pushing’ a single parent and acknowledging their efforts in the community. This year we are looking to buy groceries to help those in need.
Thank you again to all who participating in giving a family a PUSH!
Today, April 1st, we begin to reach out to people who have not been to the city or have forgotten how much of a need exist in urban areas. This video displays the Founder of The Push Network driving through neighborhoods that are in need and helping.
Will you Join him?
Join us in Detroit by RSVPing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451523904888990/
Join us in Pontiac by RSVPing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1860775057581857/
Support Financially by donating here: https://www.youcaring.com/detroitmi-774992
The Future is Bright
On March 28, 2017 I met in a room with the Mayor of Pontiac, the School Superintendent, Pastors, College Representatives, and many other people who were taking part in the resurgence that is happening in the city. Although said resurgence is not happening fast enough for most citizens, it was good to hear the positive initiatives that are happening in the city including new businesses coming into town (Mad Dog Tech Company), Dream Cruise plans, available scholarships for students and a community center opening soon just to name a few.
I look forward to connecting with many of the city officials in this room as well as others to help bring a change in the city and PUSH the residence to greatness.
I have a question for you: What’s next?
We live in a society where people are constantly looking for the ‘next’ big thing: the next hot car, the next event that everyone is going to hang out at, and even the next fashion trends. Down to the simplest things in life like the next movie to watch on Netflix. In social media, it is designed to appeal to ‘The Next’. Instagram wants us to keep scrolling to the next what… PICTURE. Twitter wants you to go to the next what… tweet or trend, and Facebook, Facebook wants just everything that is next (they are all over the place).
But what you will find, and you may have heard this before, is that there are 3 kinds of people in the world. That is, 1. The people that MAKE things happen 2. The people that watch things happen 3. The people who WONDER what happened. So I ask, which one are you? Are you the kind of person that has a plan? Because the beauty about thinking about ‘the next’ is that you have to be looking forward to something, in anticipation of something, in FAITH. If you do not expect something out of life, then the chances of something just happening are very slim. That is the equivalent of watching Zumba tapes on your couch eating White Castle and expecting to lose weight. And the thing that happens in our society, is that people will then get mad at Zumba because they didn’t lose the weight. We have to take responsibility for our actions and we have to look forward to ‘the next’.
My message today is simple. Don’t look for ‘the next’ big thing to be on TV or social media. Don’t look for the next big thing to be at your school or your church. Why? Because the next big thing is YOU! Samsung’s launched a slogan campaign (#teamandroid) in 2013 that said ‘The Next Big Thing is Already Here’
This was during the time when iPhone was the biggest phone in the world. The iPhone’s were selling off the shelves, I had an iPhone, my mom, my wife, I mean EVERYBODY had an iPhone and people were not thinking about Android phones at the time. It was a joke that Google even had a phone and people thought they should stick to search engines and YouTube. But Samsung made a bold move and they challenged what seemed to be a giant that was not able to be defeated.
Now, I don’t want to get all biblical and start talking about David and Goliath, but I will say that when you look at things like the City of Detroit, the residents need to know that they are ‘next’. They need to have enough confidence to know that no matter what situation the city goes through, whether it be a corrupt government, a school system in decline, or a slow job market, that Detroit doesn’t give up and in 10 or so years, everyone will look to us for the answers.
Stand tall Detroit, and know that YOU ARE NEXT