FREEDOM CENTER: Serving those who serve us


By Milan Eagle media

Since opening their doors in 2011, the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center (also known as the MI Freedom Center) has served over 637,000 guests in four Freedom Centers across Michigan. The first Freedom Center was launched from a re-purposed Delta Airlines conference room at Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal near Gate A43. It was soon followed by the launch of additional Freedom Centers at the Troy and Lansing Military Entrance Processing Stations to assist new recruits and their families in the transition to military life. The most recent addition is the North Terminal Freedom Center near Gate D17 at Detroit Metro Airport.
Their guests include active duty and veteran military personnel as well as Gold and Blue Star family members. They have 200+ volunteers who fill an amazing 80 shifts per week helping them to fulfil their mission of “Serving those who serve us”. At their centers, they provide guests with a warm, relaxing environment during their travels (often on way home or on way to deployments) plus food and beverages to show appreciation for their sacrifices. In 2019, they were recognized by guests via the receipt of a “2019 People Love Us” award from Yelp! Plus, they have received the 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency from the highly respected charity watchdog organization, Guidestar.
The Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization funded solely by donations from the public and corporate sponsors. There are plans in work to establish an Endowment Fund to ensure reliable funding for the centers, but the centers currently rely upon in-kind donations of supplies and the generosity of kiosk donations and corporate grants to sustain operations. If you would like to join them in their mission of “serving those who serve us”, please visit MIFreedomCenter.org or contact Patrick Colbeck at (313)744-7507.

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