The Firestone Center

about the program

Father Tom Firestone has facilitated an Alternative Spring Break program in Flint for 9 years. Over that time, the program has hosted families, college groups and researchers from across the country, amassing over 10,000 hours of impact. To generate greater impact and continue Fr. Tom's mission, SIPI has created the Firestone Center. We are now looking to expand to 10,000 hours of community service per year. Come help us achieve our goal!

why flint?

Flint is not an exception to the rule, it is an indicator of challenges to come for urban areas across our country. Because of its size, Flint serves as a meaningful living laboratory where the impact of service can be seen almost immediately.

service projects

• Mentor students in inner city schools • Provide services to the structurally unemployed • Assist at a food pantry • Prepare and serve meals • Sort and distribute donated clothing • Revitalize Neighborhoods • Organize & complete community clean-ups • Distribute water and install filters • Build and repair housing • Canvas neighborhoods •

our services

lodging unique place to sleep & reflect in former catholic rectory • access to fridge and kitchen • meeting rooms 
food full service customizable meal plan provided by local entrepreneurs 
service pre-trip consultation • connection to community partners • customized service schedule • volunteer coordination 
programming pre-trip prep materials • tours of Flint • group facilitation • dinner with community leaders • guided reflections 

community partners

Saint John Vianney Parish • Saint Luke N.E.W. Life Center • Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry • Northridge Academy • Durant-Turri-Mott Elementary School • Genesee County Habitat for Humanity • City of Flint - Blight Elimination 

the center

The Firestone Center is located in a former rectory that we are rehabilitating in partnership with the catholic community of Flint.

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