Detroit Rescue Mission surprises two women in need with car, house

Two metro Detroit women who have been struggling to get by, now have a big reason to smile Friday.

An event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, first talked about his life then demonstrated what the civil rights leader really stood for.

"We know how to help the homeless people we know how to talk to them and serve them," said Dr. Chad Audi president and CEO of Detroit Rescue Mission.

Inside a room packed with people who believe in the Detroit Rescue Mission or have taken advantage of its many programs, were two women who had no idea what was coming.

"Today I'm going to call Miss Thompson here and everybody here is going to give her a car," Audi said. 

Sharon Thompson is what the organization describes as the working homeless.

She once relied on city buses to get to work - but now, no more.

"If anybody needs a ride, I got you," she said. "I swear to God to bring you to work on time." 

Lynette Bradley, a struggling mother of three, came here for lunch and left with a home.

"I always wanted to be a homeowner," Bradley said. "I grew up with my parents being homeowners. So with me being a home owner now, it's like at 25 I'm a home owner. I am so blessed. I am not lucky I am blessed. No one has ever given me anything. I've always worked for it.

"So now I've got the ultimate gift and I cant do anything but say thank you."

It's an appreciation that extends far beyond here.

The non-profit puts a roof over the heads of 1,800 people a day and makes some 4,000 meals.

These women are the latest success stories.
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