DETROIT, MI, August 29, 2018 – The 36th District Court was proud to participate in the 6th Annual Hug Detroit Day Block Party, Backpack and School Supply Drive on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The Court donated over 150 backpacks filled with supplies to children who expressed a need and attended the event.
Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount stated, “This was a wonderful venue for us to make our presence known, give back to the community, and to positively impact those we serve”. I am so proud of our Court for coming together and donating over 150 backpacks filled with supplies to ensure that our Detroit students have what they need to be successful this school year.” She added, “We were busy placing orders for school supplies to ensure all backpacks were full, and our vendors surprised us by generously donating the items we ordered. It’s fitting that we acknowledge and thank Arrow Office Supply, Global Office Solutions, and AVE Office Supply for their acts of kindness.”
Kelli Moore Owen, Court Administrator added, “This was also a great opportunity for us share valuable information relating to available outreach programs, community resources, and our Specialty Courts. It allowed us to interact with the community and provide some guidance to the public in an informal setting.” She added, “We are so grateful for our Judges, staff and vendors for their generous contributions and to those who volunteered to serve at the event. I would like to especially thank Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount and Judge Donna Robinson Milhouse for taking the time to mingle with the families, for helping distribute backpacks to the children, and for even passing out a few hugs”.
The Court was recognized with several Spirit Awards for its improvements in increased efficiency, accessibility, and providing better overall service to the public, as well as for their Specialty Courts - Drug and Veterans Treatment Courts, Street Outreach Court Detroit, and the Eviction Diversion Program, which have been proven to assist individuals with unique challenges and circumstances and those who are homeless or facing eviction. The final award was presented to the Court’s Public Service Committee established to make a positive impact in the community and cultivate relationships between the Court and the community while increasing social awareness and responsibility. Look for the 36th District Crew, Court volunteers, in their bright green shirts actively delivering on their Motto of “Proudly Serving Others”.
In July of this year, Council President Brenda Jones presented, and the Detroit City Council approved a resolution recognizing the annual event and officially designated the fourth Sunday in August as HUG Detroit Day.