BY ASHLEY SWORD
Mimi’s Mission, a local non-profit organization based in Woodhaven, has been involved in making a difference in the lives of Downriver residents. The organization has assisted thousands of people in just four years since it was established by Lisa Missler Vilella, a Wyandotte resident who owns an insurance agency in Woodhaven.
Vilella said an intricate part of Mimi’s Mission is the role local businesses play in making the dreams of the people in need come to life. Most recently, Vilella said she received a message from a mother who said her son has Spina Bifida. Due to his condition, she has to ensure he stays out of the heat because it will make him feel ill. She told Vilella that the air conditioning in her van hasn’t been working, so she was looking for some assistance in getting it fixed after being told it would cost her over $1,200 at an auto repair shop.
It was then that Groat Brothers Towing & Repair of Wyandotte came to the rescue.
The business offered to have it done at half the price to help relieve the stress off of the mother in need. Vilella said that without Joe Groat, owner of Groat Brothers, the woman wouldn’t have been able to make this happen.
“We are thankful for the Groat Brothers,” she said. “They are always going above and beyond for Mimi’s Mission.”
On a separate occasion, Bennie’s Plumbing of Brownstown Township offered to work on a new hot water tank for a resident who was going without water at the time.
There are several additional businesses Mimi’s Mission would like to offer a thank you to, including Charlie Kennedy (The Detail Shop, Wyandotte), Vic Simon (Vic’s Casual Dining, Southgate), Gabriel Martinez (Sam’s Club), Jason and Amanda D’Herin (The Waterfront, Wyandotte), Dawn Lancaster (Sweet Treat Station, Woodhaven), Two Men and a Truck (Brownstown Township), Bryon Rocz (Father & Son Restoration, Trenton), Kim Kramer (Your Look Logos, Lincoln Park), Telegraph Chrysler (Taylor), Khris Brunson (Lamar Advertising, Westland), Ginger Diardina and Mike Luc (3V Business Solutions, Wyandotte), Stop Pest Control (Melvindale), Salon Micha (Wyandotte) and Key Concerns (Trenton).
“These businesses as well as many more have made donations to Mimi’s Mission or have offered to assist us in some way,” said Vilella. “We are thankful for them all. The relationships we’ve built with local businesses have allowed us to expand our mission to the point that no other agency in the area has.”
She added that several organizations refer people coming to them for help to Mimi’s Mission because they know they can fill the request for those in need.
“We are here to bring people together, to help families who are having a difficult time making ends meet.”
Mimi’s Mission recently held its first major fundraiser at The Waterfront in Wyandotte. For more information about Mimi’s Mission, visit www.MimisMission.org or www.Facebook.com/MimisMissionDR.