REDFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Helping the homeless and mentoring young girls. Two charities have two different missions, but they both need transportation to make their goals reality.
Gregory and Vivian Manns of Redford formed Fishermen's Ministry two-and-a-half years ago to reach out to drug addicts on the streets of Detroit.
This is a cause which hits close to home for Gregory.
Before he became a family man and minister, he spent 20 years homeless and on drugs.
That's until a moment nine years ago.
"I felt like God telling me to get down and pray, and I thought because I was high that I was really hallucinating at that moment. And then I heard it again, so I did get down and pray. And I was weeping like a baby pretty much when I was on the floor. And when I got up, I took the drugs out of my pocket, and I actually threw them down the toilette," explained Gregory Manns.
He says he's been drug-free ever since.
Now he and his wife search the streets for people in need.
"We want to feed them and clothe them and really just pray for them and love on them," he added.
TEAMING UP WITH GLOBAL PROJECTS
The Manns transport their food and supplies in a 1993 GMC Suburban.
They have a back-up Chevy van, but they wanted to donate it.
"We couldn't afford to pay insurance on two vehicles for the ministry, so we wanted to give it away. So I contacted one of your [WXYZ] reporters to do that. I wasn't able to find another individual to give it to, but I did find another ministry to give it to," said Manns.
That ministry is Global Projects: Hope Help and Healing – a.k.a. Global Projects .
It's known for its awareness campaign to stop human trafficking and mentoring programs for girls 8 to 16.
"Many [of the girls in the mentor program] are from the inner city and being raised by either single moms or grandparents," said Global Projects Founder Dr. Sabrina Black.
She says her organization is in desperate need of transportation, and the girls were thrilled Fishermen's Ministry wanted to donate its extra van to them.
"When the girls have a vehicle, they get a chance to visit various sites. They get a chance to go to the museums, go to the science fairs and things like that. So we really need this vehicle to be able to help our young girls," said Dr. Black.
But the van donation would have to wait.
The Suburban for the Fishermen's Ministry started running rough, and the muffler fell off.
With about 224,000 miles on it, the Suburban needs work.
"It's not safe for me to drive," said Gregory Manns. "It's not safe to transport anybody else in that vehicle."
A Firestone vehicle inspection found a list of recommended service repairs that added up to more than $3000.00
Mr. Manns had the van checked out, too.
It needs more than $1,900.00 in repairs.
Manns and Dr. Black told us their non-profits simply cannot afford the cost.
CAN YOU HELP?
So 7 Action News is sharing their story in hopes that someone watching this report will help the Fishermen's Ministry and Global Projects get their wheels fixed up so they can continue their mission work.
Maybe a certified auto mechanic or service center would donate the repair work.
Or somebody with an extra van or SUV in good working condition may be able to donate it to them.
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