In midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, which forced Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to end the school year early for all students in Michigan on April 2, Triumph Church wants to ensure students in Detroit continue to learn.
“I want to help our youth in the community in whatever way possible,” said Solomon Kinloch, pastor of Triumph Church.
Kinloch stepped up in his leadership and decided that his church would help the community during the crisis by providing free laptops and tablets to low-income families of the Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD).
“I felt that our kids deserved just as much as any other district would provide for their students,” Kinloch said. “My hope is that the spirit of generosity would become contagious and others will step up to the plate to help our youth.”
The laptops and tablets are on a first come, first-served basis while supplies last and recipients have to pre-register at www.TriumphCh.org. The giveaway will occur every Friday until May 29 at Triumph’s east campus at 2760 East Grand Boulevard in Detroit.
Along with providing technology to thousands of students and families, Triumph Church is also feeding them daily. It has partnered with the community group New Era Detroit to provide “Crisis Care Packages” to families that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
“Since 1920, Triumph Church has helped a community navigate through the stormy waters of the Great Depression, measles, mumps, polio, Civil Rights and so much more,” Kinloch explained. “It’s important that we demonstrate our faith to help calm fears and give our community a sense of reassurance that we will get through this by His grace and mercy. The church has always represented a place of safety and sanctuary – a house of hope in times of calamity.”
Kyra Cook, 28, of Detroit says, Triumph Church has been a blessing her household in many ways.
“I am a single mother with five children, and we are all working remotely, so you can imagine how hard it can be to share one tablet with everyone needing to do work,” explained Cook. “We don’t have the money to just jump up and go out to buy a new computer, especially during this pandemic, so when I got the word of the free laptops, I was too excited. Triumph is truly a blessing. I love that they care about our children’s education.”
Alexandria Griffin, 44, of Ferndale says she was happy to know that the church is providing groceries to families in need.
“It’s great to see people coming together to make things happen, not only to help our youth with the tools that they need for education but to provide food for families as well,” Griffin said.
Triumph Church will distribute groceries to qualified registrants on a first-come, first-served basis and has limited the distribution to one giveaway per household per week. Supplies will be offered by drive-up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next 30 days.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the church will also offer free groceries delivered by its staff and volunteers.
Unemployed workers, single mothers, senior citizens or those physically disabled can register to receive the pick-up or delivery service on the church website.
“One of thing people need to understand is to never think too little when it comes to giving back, everyone doesn’t have to do the same thing, but if everyone does something we will get through this pandemic,” explained Kinloch. “It is not about what you do in a church on Sundays. It’s about what you do outside of the church Monday through Saturday.”