Thursday, June 26, 2014

Make Your Own Rug!

Happy Thursday everyone! I stumbled upon this easy homemade rug from old t-shirts and thought it might be a fun weekend project to share! All you need is old t-shirts and a sewing machine 
(borrow one from your neighbor!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jackets for Jobs!

Remember last week when we were talking about job interviews? We thought we would send this resource your way!
Check out Jackets for Jobs through MichaganWORKS! They can help getting you properly dressed for your big day. Ask your MichiganWORKS case manager for help or call this number: (313) 579-9160
Jackets for Jobs is a non-profit that does exactly what their name says…they collect donations and help dress Detroiters for success! If you have any other questions, check out their website:

Or email them at:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More 8 Days of ECHO...

We thought we'd give you a bit more information about 8 Days of ECHO! 
Basically we're setting up an event at each of our churches to introduce you and your family to our program! We'll help you sign up for our services, Community Resource Reps, Kids Zone, and snacks!!

Here are the dates and locations:

Tuesday, June 24:  Historic Little Rock Baptist
Wednesday, June 25:  Second Ebenezer
Thursday, June 26:  Oak Grove AME
Friday, June 27:  Bethany Lutheran
Monday, June 30:  Hartford Memorial Baptist

Feel free to call us a313) 674-5077 if you have any questions! Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

8 Days of ECHO

Mark your calendars! Get out your resumes! 8 Days of ECHO is here!
Meet us at our churches, sign up for ECHO, connect with community resources, apply for a job, sign up for health insurance…and meet our staff! Here’s this weeks schedule for 8 Days of ECHO:

Wed. June 18th: Evangel 13660 Stansbury Ave Detroit, MI
Thurs. June 19th: International Gospel Center 375 Salliotte, Ecorse, MI 48229
Fri. June 20th: Greater Grace Temple 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd.
Detroit, MI 48219

More details to come for next week's festivities!

Tips & Tricks: Interview Attire

This week we’re all about preparing your wardrobe for that big interview. Do you know what to wear? As always, you can ask your ECHO Site Coordinator or Success Coach for help, but we thought we’d put together some quick tips for the winning interview outfit.

1. A suit is the safest choice. Try to keep the colors neutral and matching if possible. Even if the job requires ‘casual attire’ wearing a suit to the interview shows that you take this job seriously!
      2.  If you would wear it to a club or a night out on the town, it is NOT appropriate for an interview. 
      Go for knee length skirts and dresses or long sleeve shirts and pants. Avoid showing too much skin. Wear a blazer or cardigan to cover your shoulders and chest area.
      3. Long sleeve shirts. Dark socks. Business shoes. BELTS are very important. Well-groomed facial hair and haircut. Ties are great, but make sure they are simple and not too colorful or patterned.
      4. Make sure there are NO wrinkles! If you don’t have an iron, borrow one from your neighbor!
      5. Don’t forget that your clothing makes a statement. How you dress will communicate how serious you are about the interview. Notice the details: are you missing a button? Are your pants dragging on the floor? The more you show you care about your appearance, the more the employer will feel like you are organized and prepared for the job.

If you want more information check out this site:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Get Involved in Detroit!

There are two big volunteer events coming up in Detroit in the next week and we encourage you to check them out! Volunteering is a great way to relieve stress, try something new, and meet new people...
(who knows, maybe it will lead to your next job!)

So if you are sitting at home Sunday June 15th...get out there and get involved!

Here are the details:
First Community Garden Dig Day
Sunday June 15th
4548 Bewick St. Detroit MI 48214
Sign up at the website, or just show up ready to work in the dirt!
Community Garden Dig Day

Last but certainly not least, RELAY FOR LIFE is happening in Detroit!
This is an all-night event honoring those who are fighting, surviving, or passed because of cancer. The event is an overnight wa
lk from 7pm on June 14th to 10am June 15th.
Its hosted by Marygrove College at 8425 McNichols Rd W, Detroit MI 48221

To sign up, visit this website or call:, call 1-800-227-2345

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Just a little inspiration for a few resources that are coming your way tomorrow...
... any hints what they might be about??

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stress Support Group Info

Hello everyone! Last week we were talking about Stress Management and even though today is "Tips and Tricks Tuesday," we thought we had to share the relevant info: 

Tea is VERY relaxing! Try something herbal...
maybe chamomile or peppermint!
If you need more help managing stress there are lots of organizations in Detroit to help you do it. The APC Cultural Group hosts FREE support groups the first Thursday of every month. All you have to do is call in advance to hold your spot. Here are the details:

Dealing with Stress and Pain Support Group
APC Cultural Group
First Thursday of Every Mont
June 5th 4-5pm
thesixmile spot
14341 McNichols Rd Detroit, MI 48235
FREE all you need to do is call ahead!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Musical Inspiration!

So remember yesterday we were talking about types of stress relief? One amazing way to relieve stress is MUSIC. Sometimes getting your favorite songs can be difficult from a radio or box of CDs that you’ve listened to over and over again. If you or a family member has a computer, you are open to a wide array of free music possibilities.

 Our favorite here at ECHO is “Pandora.”  Pandora is the name of a music website that all
ows you to create your own kind of radio stations for free. All you do is sign up (you need an email address and password) and then you can start typing in your favorite genres, artists, or songs and the website will automatically make a “radio station” that they think you would like.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone at ECHO and we can definitely help you link up with some free music!
(My most recent favorite Pandora station is Miles Davis…what’s yours?)

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Tips for Stress Relief!

It is officially June in Detroit! We hope you are not stressing too much at this beautiful time of year, but if you are, we’ve gathered some wonderful tips to keep calm and enjoy the moment!

      1. Exercise – Now that its summer, there is no excuse of yucky weather! It’s gorgeous in Detroit! Get out there and relieve some stress by taking a jog or a brisk walk or even do some push ups/crunches in your backyard. Physical activity and a little sweat is a guaranteed stress reliever.
      2. Take a long walk – That’s what River Walk is made for! Utilize all that Detroit has to offer and walk the walk. Maybe you’ll meet someone new or get clarity on a problem that has been stressing you out, but above all you’ll feel more at peace.
      3. Laughter - Watch your favorite funny movie, sit back, and laugh! Laughter is truly the most natural medicine we’ve got! Maybe gather some family and friends and watch a movie together…the more laughter the better!
      4. Music – There’s a lot of affordable live music all over Detroit OR there is plenty of ways to listen to great music online for free (…more tomorrow). Find a favorite genre or a new type of music and get into it! Let it move you and fascinate you! Music is a great stress reliever.
      5. Make something – Cook a new meal, write in a journal, make a craft, start a new home project, do something with your hands. The act of creating something or working on something is inevitably relieving!
      6.  Do things for others – Does your neighbor need her lawn mowed? Can you volunteer at your local rec cente
r or does someone in your neighborhood need help moving or cleaning out the basement? Doing something for someone else will make you (and the person you are helping) feel so much better!

Hope you guys enjoy these tips! Let us know what you do when you are stressed! Remember: The key is to GET OUT THERE. Sitting in your house feeling stressed does not help the situation. Simply moving around will make you feel less stressed. We promise!