2017 Dear Santa Christmas Project Is Underway!

Friends Of Parkside (FOP)’s 2016 Dear Santa Christmas Project is now underway. This year, approximately 37 Parkside children age 6 to 12 submitted their Dear Santa letters for possible adoption by caring people who are called “Santa Helpers”.

FOP has operated its Dear Santa Project for more than 21 years to help bring a Merry Christmas to Parkside children.   “The Dear Santa Christmas Project is one of most important projects FOP offer to the Villages at Parkside Community”, said Zachary Rowe, FOP Executive Director.  The Dear Santa Project is an adopt-a-child for Christmas type project; however, it is personalized and unique experience for children and Santa Helpers. In FOP’s Dear Santa project, children write a letter to Santa telling him the three things he or she wants most for Christmas. FOP staff and volunteers share the children’s Dear Santa letters with friends, colleagues, and other caring people who then select a child they want to adopt for Christmas.  The Santa Helper is asked to buy at least one of the three gifts the child wants most for Christmas and either has the gift shipped to or dropped off at FOP Offices. The gifts are passed out the second or third week of December to the parents. After Christmas, the child and parent have to write a thank you letter to the Santa Helper. FOP usually mail these thank you letters by the third week of January.”

To be a Santa Helper, just click on the Dear Santa Project link on the top menu and follow these five easy steps:

Step 1 – Pick a child

Step 2 – Add to Cart

Step 3 – Proceed to Check Out

Step 4 – Register and download the Dear Santa Letter

Step 5 – Either buy the gift using the Amazon link or download the letter and buy the gift at your favorite store

For more information, please call 313.822.0311 or email: santa@friendsofparkside.org.

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Are You Connected? Get Jobs and Food information by Text, Twit, or Email

To keep Parkside residents informed about jobs, food give-a-way, volunteer opportunities and more, Friends Of Parkside has developed the ParksideConnected! Project. The Parkside Connected allows FOP to send TVP residents text and email messages about things going on in the community. To sign up for the ParksideConnected! Project, send a text message or email to parksideconnected@friendsofparkside.org with your name, phone number, and carrier or call FOP at 313.822.0311, or stop by the FOP office and fill out the ParksideConnected! sign up form. You can now follow us on Twitter@friendsParkside.




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Join Us for the 9th Annual Parkside Health Fair July 19th from 11-3 p.m.!


2014 Parkside Health fair

2014 Parkside Health fair

Friends Of Parkside will host its 9th Annual Parkside Health Fair Wednesday, July 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TVP II Community Center, located at 5000 Conner at Warren, on Detroit’s eastside. The theme is ““Maintaining A Healthier You: physically, financially, & mentally”

This year’s sponsors include:
Detroit Health Department (Gold)
Mercy Primary Care Health Center (Silver)
Deliberative Engagement of Communities in Decisions about Researcher Spending (DECIDERS) (Bronze)

2017 Participating Agencies:
Blue Cross Complete
Chandler Park Conservancy
Detroit Fire Department
Detroit Health Department – WIC
Detroit Police Department
Dominican Literacy Center
Friend of the Court
Green Door Initiative
Harbor Health
Health Emergency Lifeline Program
Healthy Environment Partnership
Henry Ford Health Systems
Institute of Population Health
Lions Foundation
Logical Choice
Mercy Primary Health Center
Molina Health Care of Michigan
My Community Dental Center
Nest Child Care and Parent Institute
Northeast Guidance Center
Pathways Academy
Secretary of State Mobile Branch Office
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Total Health Fair
Wayne County Family Aquatic Center
and more!

For more information, please call Cescily @ 313-822-0311.

To download 2015 Parkside Health Fair Evaluation 

To download 2017 Annual Parkside Health Fair Flyer



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Friends Of Parkside

Friends Of Parkside (FOP)             Detroit, Michigan

The Friends of Parkside (FOP) is a  not-for profit, community-based organization located on Detroit’s east side in Parkside Homes, a public housing complex. FOP was incorporated in March of 1991. FOP has up to a 15-member board of Directors consisting of Parkside residents, and representatives from community-based organizations, agencies, and institutions.

Friends Of Parkside Mission/Approach/Philosophy

FOP is dedicated to the betterment of the Parkside Community. It is committed to working with all residents, organizations, institutions, and businesses on Detroit’s east side. FOP approach is to provide information and action forums for residents of Parkside Homes and their surrounding neighbors so that together they can begin to address those issues that adversely affect their lives.  FOP believes that whatever happens in or around Parkside Homes affects each of us, and that by working together residents can change things for the better.

Friends Of Parkside Goals

  • A healthy, drug-free, and safe Parkside Community, especially for pregnant women, infants, and youth.
  • An informed and knowledgeable community willing to work together to address issues that threatens the quality of life in the Parkside Community.
  • Gainful employment, businesses, and personal growth opportunities in the Parkside Community.
  • Families and individuals committed to improving the community.

The Community Friends Of Parkside Serves

Friends of Parkside is willing to work with all residents, organizations, institutions, and businesses on Detroit’s east side to achieve its mission and goals. FOP primary focus area is the Parkside Community, which is bounded by Ford Freeway (I-94) on the north, East Forest on the south St. Jean on the west,  and Alter Road on the east.

FOP Programs & Projects (Partial list)

-Bright Futures Youth Program (BFYP)
-Parkside Academic Sports Teams project (PAST)
-Parkside Computer Learning Center
-Parkside Connected!
-Monthly Food Distribution
-Annual Dear Santa/Gift Day Project

For more info, please call 313.822.0311 or info@friendsofparkside.org

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed @ Friends of Parkside

Friends Of Parkside is looking for volunteers to assist with its various programs and projects. If you are interested or have questions, please call Bernice McClodden at 313.822.0311.


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