Orthodox Detroit Outreach
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About Us

We are a community of Orthodox Christians from all over the Detroit area committed to serving Christ through service to the needy in our city (Mt 25.14).

Our goals are simply to love God and love others (Mt 22.37-40). Recognizing the image of God in every person (Gn 1.27), we will always strive to serve with humilty, compassion, patience, and above all, love (1Co 13).

Our purpose is to extend the Church beyond the confines of the parish and bring it into the local community. We will do this by bringing Detroit-area Orthodox Christians together to perform the work to which Christ called his Church: to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, to look after the sick and visit the incarcerated, to welcome the stranger, to give everything we have for the benefit of those in need.

Orthodox Detroit Outreach will strive first and foremost to fulfill the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, being faithful to the Apostolic teachings and Living Tradition of the Orthodox Christian Church. We seek to be known by the fruits of our ministry.

We will actively and in an ongoing manner strive to assess the needs of those in Southwest Detroit, providing through various ministrations towards the material sustenance and spiritual aid to those in need.

We will serve the churches of our area by providing both local and coordinated ministries aiding those in need, and offering an educational and experiential resource as requested.

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…thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother.
(Dt 15.7)

Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. (Dt 15.11)

…he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. (Pr 14.21)

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. (Pr 19.17)

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. (Pr 22.9)

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. (28.27)

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day. (Is 58.10)

The young man saith unto him, “All these things have I kept from my youth, what lack I yet?” Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Mt 19.20-21)

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mt 34-40)

[Jesus] answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. (Lk 3.11)

But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. (Lk 14.13-14)

Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. (Acts 10.4)

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (2Co 9.7)

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (1Jn 3.17)


Our Mission/Vision
ODO provides a venue for volunteers to serve a weekly meal and love our neighbors in need in SW Detroit at Ss Peter & Paul Orthodox Church.
Your generous contribution will help sustain and further the important ministry of Orthodox Detroit Outreach.
Orthodox Detroit Outreach is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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