The Motor City, Hitsville, USA, the Arsenal of Democracy and The D. Whichever name we choose, we are proud to call Detroit home and join our neighbors and community partners in restoring hope. Be part of our comeback and plan a Detroit mission trip!
At Camp Restore Detroit we charge a flat per-person rate of $40/night for lodging, three meals a day and project coordination.
In Detroit, just like New Orleans, we have four volunteering “seasons” throughout the year, each of which takes on a unique character all its own. While our weather takes on its own personality, we consistently have projects and need for volunteers year-round that require volunteers of all ages and skill-sets. We take our lead from the community, getting the majority of our projects from block leaders and community organizations.
Our spring season is the prelude to the busy summer season. The camp is often bustling with campers of all ages who generally enjoy great weather. In the colder months we focus on home-repair, tutoring, and people-to-people projects in the community, generally at local drop-in centers. As soon as spring weather greets us, we add blight removal, flower and garden planting onto our docket.
In Detroit, summer is the busiest season. We have a full docket of events and projects. Projects range from blight removal and home repair to local summer camps, Vacation Bible School, sports camps, and even float-building with children of the community! By far, our blight removal dominates the summer. What is blight? Imagine just letting your yard go – for many, many years. This becomes not only an eyesore, but a safety issue for the community. We bring the land to a manageable level where the residents, many senior citizens, of the community can maintain them after we are done. If you want to be at camp with other groups, June and July are your months. There is always excitement and energy at camp during these months.
Fall is absolutely beautiful in Michigan, with the trees changing and the crisp air. While in town, your group can visit a cider mill and enjoy all Michigan has to offer. The weather makes it a great time to work outside, whether on abandoned houses or helping the neighbors with issues they are experiencing. We always have indoor projects as well, working with children, families, and seniors in the community.
Winter is definitely cold in Michigan, but don’t let that worry you! We will keep you warm with our home cooking and busy working in our community. While nearly all our projects will be indoors in the winter, our community still has a lot going on! Campers work on local homes and with children, families, and seniors at various centers in the 9th precinct.
30 days or more prior to arrival
30 days prior to arrival
30 days to 1 day prior to arrival
Through Detroit’s 300+ year history, we have had our successes and downfalls, just like any city in the world. With the challenges we’ve had, especially within the last 25 years, we’re now making a wonderful comeback. We encourage each mission trip group that visits us to take an evening/afternoon to experience our great comeback city.
Check out the Detroit Historical Society for lots of great information on our history!
Every day you and your team will be responsible for getting from Camp Restore to your work site(s), as we do not provide any transportation for volunteer groups. We recommend bringing or renting minivans or 12-passenger vans as the most convenient and efficient mode of transportation around town. Many groups have also successfully used charter buses.
We don’t suggest relying on taxis/Uber, etc. or public transportation for getting to-and-from worksites. Taxis/Uber, etc. can be costly and public transit often doesn’t provide a quick route to worksites.
That being said, there are good transportation options for your free time. The People Mover is an interesting way to get around downtown, and new light rail lines are being added.
We provide a hot breakfast each morning at 8 AM. Our breakfast menu changes daily and you may find biscuits, eggs, pancakes and sausage on any given day, as well as cereal every day.
Each volunteer has the opportunity to pack their own lunch at breakfast, from a selection of sandwich materials, chips, fruit and dessert items.
Our dinners are sponsored by a range of local churches who provide a great variety of local cuisine!
We prepare meat-free options for those who prefer not to eat meat. Please let us know at least a week before arrival so we can accommodate anyone in your group. We often serve large numbers and it can be difficult to suit all restrictions and tastes within our limits, but we do endeavor to help meet the needs of our volunteers as much as possible.
Additionally, there is a full-size supermarket within a few blocks of Camp and we’ve made refrigerators available for use.
In order to help deliver the greatest value, we have volunteers assist with meal-prep and clean-up shifts each week, with different teams for each meal. Each shift, volunteers help set up and prepare, serve and assist in clean-up after the meal. Meal prep and clean-up doesn’t take long and shouldn’t interfere with your work day or evening plans.