“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the might shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
– Helen Keller
The beauty of the work at Henry Ford is we have people performing great and noble tasks as well as humble tasks as though they were great. The beauty of what is transforming our city is the same, and here is an example of a great “humble task.”
The following was sent to me by Patrick Irwin, vice president of Human Resources:
On the way back from a meeting today, Kathy Macki and I ran into a group of amazingly enthusiastic and energized teenagers dedicated to making a difference in the “D.”
This summer youth volunteer group is part of an organization called “Summer in the City” which is based out of Southwest Detroit but does volunteer work across the “D.”
Predominately high school students, they are painting and fixing the “D” one viaduct, one graffiti wall, one over-grown field at a time.
In the above picture, the students are painting every inch of the train viaduct near Trumbull and Holden in the shadow of Henry Ford Hospital.
We stopped to talk with the kids and they see a bright future for the “D” — a place for all to live, work and play.
If you get a chance drive down Trumbull to see their work — it is really good and inspires hope that better days are yet in front of us — if we have the courage to reach out for them!
These kids get it — part of the solution — not the problem! Their future is in front of us, no rear view mirror!
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