Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit-based agency with a person-centered philosophy, dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.

RIP Matt Prentice – He Will Be Missed

Our friend Matt Prentice built a restaurant empire that eventually stretched from a tiny deli in Oak Park to the top of the Renaissance Center. But as high as he soared, he never forgot that others not only didn’t share his good fortune, they weren’t even equipped to try to ride along.

Some of Chef Matt’s story is well known. He left the Culinary Institute of America when his father took ill. He took over that little, failing delicatessen, put his last $200 in the till – and his friends will laugh, they’ve heard that part so often – and started serving things like $5 Beef Wellington to customers who couldn’t believe their eyes or their luck.

The less well known part of his story is us.

Matt became an ally of Cass Community Social Services almost from the day he met Executive Director Rev. Faith Fowler. The Scott Building wasn’t even finished when he took a tour and picked up his phone. Reaching out to every kind of contact in the food and restaurant world, cajoling, calling in favors, he assembled the materials and manpower to create a commercial grade kitchen for the homeless shelter. From providing the bounty for countless fundraisers to spending five years heading up Cass’ kitchen and feeding programs, through good times and disappointing times for his own business, he never stopped looking for ways to help our organization and the thousands we serve.

We at Cass feel blessed to have known Matthew Prentice and to call him our dear friend.

In our sorrow over his passing, we are making plans to honor Matt in a way we know he would love: Feeding hungry people. Today we are raising money to create a small diner and bakery to be named Prentice Place and located in the Cass Community Social Services campus on Woodrow Wilson Street.

Matt’s Obituary

The Cass Community Restaurant Collaborative is designed to address two problems at once.

  • Support local restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
  • Provide healthy food to the men, women and children who take residence at Cass.

Your donation can help Cass make a greater impact.

Chef Greg’s Soul-N-The Wall(May 5, 2021)

New Tool Library

Cass Community Social Services has begun a unique drive. We are creating a comprehensive Tools Library and would like donations of any kind of used or new tool. Cass also needs volunteers to help setup their Tools Library (Contact Sue Pethoud at 313-883-2277 ext. 203)

The book, authored by Faith Fowler, looks at the “American Dream.” the historical uses of small houses in the United States and how tiny homes have been utilized for poor and homeless people across the country. Readers will also learn about the decisions and logistics involved with building the Cass Tiny Homes and its innovative home ownership model.

Founded in 2014, the mission of the Cass Community Publishing House is to give a voice to writers from groups who are under-represented by the five major publishing companies and to offer a spotlight for religious and urban issues. Books by CCPH will include history, biography, photography, novels and poetry.

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