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Our Person of the Week serves up food and hope to his community

November 08 2013 | 1 comment

Rev. Opelton Parker FF


When a Detroit 2020 crew was driving along Woodward the other day, something caught our eye.

A church in Highland Park, serving those in need. People stopped to get some free bread.

And to show that people don’t live on bread alone, hundreds of pounds of fruit, vegetables, and groceries are being gathered.

On Saturday afternoons, the Park United Presbyterian Church has a food drive.

Reverend Opelton Parker saw the need and took action.

“Highland Park is a depressed community,” Parker told Detroit 2020. “You have large unemployment and people are really in need, especially when you hear about the food stamps being cut and things of that nature,” he said.

It’s all donated by area food banks…

“They’re just delighted to have the food and it just makes you feel good,” Parker said.

In all, 150 individuals and families will take all of this home.

So for helping to put food on the tables of his neighbors in need and a bit of hope in their homes, we honor Reverend Opelton Parker as Detroit 2020’s Person of the Week.

The Park United Presbyterian Church is located on 14 Cortland Street at Woodward Avenue in Highland Park.


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  1. Joan November 15, 2013

    It’s nice to hear some good news for a change. Keep up the Good Work. Thank you!


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