(WXYZ) — Quicken Loans, Rocket Mortgage and the Rock Family of companies announced a massive effort to partner to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The effort includes establishing partnerships to manufacture and distribute equipment for hospitals, health professionals and governments.
"As Detroit’s largest employer, we recognize our critical role in serving the members of our community,” said Jay Farner, CEO of Rocket Mortgage and Quicken Loans. “This is a time for the public and private sectors to come together for a common goal, and we encourage the entire business community to use everything at their disposal to support our essential frontline workers who are working tirelessly to reduce the spread of coronavirus."
“The Rocket Mortgage and Rock Family of Companies continues to step up to the plate as a partner for the city and its residents,” said DetroitMayor Mike Duggan. “The city is grateful for Dan Gilbert and his team’s effort in helping not only our healthcare professionals, but all of those workers in the city that are essential in allowing families to stay safe in their homes.”
On the manufacutirng side, the Quicken Loans Community Fund partnered with Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC) and Carhartt to purchase a mask production line-machine that will eventually produce more than 500,000 masks per week. Additionally, ISAIC will produce gowns and other in-demand and personal protection equipment (PPE) for distribution to local providers.
The fund purchases the line machine and the ISAIC will train and operate production in a facility provided by Carhartt.
Also, Quicken is sourcing 100,000 N95 masks to provide to lcoal hospitals, and its football helmet company Xenith is sourcing face shields from around the world and will assemble them in Detroit for local hospitals.
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the support and generosity from our community,” said Bob Riney, Henry Ford Health System’s President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer. “Having strong community partners like the Rock Family of Companies will only strengthen our resolve to protect our frontline workers as we fight this pandemic.”
“We are so grateful for the support from the Rock Family of Companies,” Beaumont Health COO Carolyn Wilson said. “At a time like this, our community needs to come together and we are sincerely appreciative of the organization’s generosity.”
The Quicken Loans Community Fund and Gilbert Family Foundation also donated $1.2 million to help fight COVID-19 in Detroit, and Bedrock is giving three months of rent forgiveness for small businesses in the city.
The Quicken Loans call center operations and team members are also scheduling appointmenst for the drive-up testing site at the Michigan State Fairgroudns, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic has donated tends and other assets for the drive-up effort.
“We are so grateful to not only our region’s healthcare providers, but the countless Detroiters who are working long hours so that families can stay safe in their homes. We cannot forget the sacrifice made by grocery store employees, mail carriers, fast food workers and all critical employees. We appreciate you all.”
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