Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community


Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.


Essential needs are met in our community, families flourish.


We meet every third Tuesday of the Month except in December at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., Rochester MI  48307.  Social time starts at 9:00 a.m. and meeting begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.  Next Meeting dates are as follows:  April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, Sept. 19, October 17, November 21.


Grande Sponsor $8,000

David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation
Tom Rutherford in Memory of Karen Rutherford and in Sincere Thanks to ALSM

Platinum Sponsors $2,500

McShane Family Foundation
Miller Vein

Gold Sponsors $1,000

Paul & Susan Burback

Lyle & Barbara Bakker

Cindy & Jim Cirar

Douglas Clark

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester

Ginny DeSteiger

Lyle & Gerry Detterman

First Merchants Bank

Lakeview Financial Consultants

Lane Tool & Manufacturing

Dave & Judy McWhirter

Palazzo De Bocce

Daniel Paulson CLU, ChFC /Baird

Skin Ovations

Kathy White Charitable Foundation

Silver Sponsors $500

Jackie Armistead & Shelley Blank, Mary Jane Croissant, Dillman and Upton, Mike & Ann Drake, Sani Dwyer, G&M Gutter & Building Co., The Fletcher A. Gourley Charitable Foundation, Jill Greimel, John & Jan Marshall, Frank & Marilyn Martin, Jan McHale, Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Dr. & Mrs. George Stec, Dan & Lorraine Taliercio, Kathleen Tebbe, Carol Tough, Barbara Wolak

Bronze Sponsors $250

ALSM Past Presidents, Alpha Gamma Delta Sisters: Geri Ceremuga, Betsy Klein, & Carolyn Volk, John & Janet Bailey, Dolores Barry, Carole & Rick Berry, Deborah Cave, Violet Cholakian, Joanne Brown & Colette Stager, Sue Cantwell, Christian Financial Credit Union, Anne M. Cushing, Ron & Marjorie DiLiddo, Rosemary Dirksen, Rob & Sue Dobbelstein, Camille Doerr, Cathy & Gary Egan, Rick & Debbie Eggleston, David & Cindy Guerrieri, Amy Headbloom, Denise Kaminske, Mary Klein, Marcie Krozier, Mary O. Kulesza, Tom & Dar Laskowski, George & Cathy Linden, Thomas & Rita Mahfet, Mattina, Kent & Gibbons, PC, Gayle & Sonny Minneci, Jerry & Carol Murphy, NFP – Kevin Bates, Vincetta & Ray Nicosia, Kathy Novitsky, Mary & Steve Oehler, Mark & Angie Pimlott, Janet & Cary Riggs, Roger & Pat Quitter, Barb & Roger Roller, Joe & Julie Sayers, William & Rhonda Scanlon IV, Bill & Vicki Shepard, Margaret Sych, Sydfit, L.L.C., Thomas & Ruth Williamson, Tie Industrial, Daniel Totonchi, CFP, Tony & Joanne Wisniewski





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ROCHESTER, Michigan (7/7/23)Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan (ALSM) is a non- profit 501© (3), hands-on, all volunteer organization with 266 members. This past year we have logged in 43,832 volunteer hours, helping more than 20,000 infants, children and adults. Since 1993, we have assisted more than 367,286 people in Michigan communities. We are one of 120 chapters within the National Assistance League, established in California in the 1890’s.

Our Philanthropic programs continue all year round. Member volunteers purchase, tag, inventory, transport, pack, store, and distribute merchandise. ALSM programs are provided without any charge to recipients, and staffed by Chapter Members and Community Volunteers.

You can help support our philanthropic programs through donations that support Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits®, Nourishing Neighbors, Pass It Forward, Wee Help, On-2-One Tutoring, Scholarships, Link to Creative Teaching and Community Connections.

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OPERATION SCHOOL BELL visits Warren Fitzgerald

WARREN, Michigan – Operation School Bell visited Fitzgerald Public Schools, Warren Michigan with new winter jackets, hats/gloves, shirts, socks, underwear, hygiene kits and books for

over 700 students at Westview and Mound Park elementary schools. OSB chairs, Carole Berry, Carol Murphy, and Karen Fisher, greeted Superintendent Hollie Stange, who expressed her appreciation of Assistance League of Southeastern

Michigan’s generosity of clothes and necessities for all the children. An excited third grader, when choosing her new jacket, hat and gloves, said, “I can’t wait until winter!”

Thank you to our hardworking OSB chairs, liaisons, chapter members and to a community of care and support from GM Controllership, 110 Marketing, First State Bank, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

NOURISHING NEIGHBORS: Monthly Meal Kits fight food insecurity

ROCHESTER, Michigan (7/7/23) – Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan collaborates with Neighborhood House Food Pantry to provide 200 plus nutritious Meal Kits each month. In addition, Assistance League impacts our community’s food insecurity by giving monthly financial support for pantry inventory. Full shelves insure resources for kit assembly.

Nourishing Neighbors Chairs, Dee Barry, Barbara Donohoe, and Diane Ebinger organize weekly Meal Kit member assemblies with healthy recipes and nonperishable food pantry ingredients. Kits are distributed to each shopper and are a model for client meal preparation. Pantry shoppers add the necessary fresh ingredients when they visit. A recipe cart also keeps menus available for a repeat selection. “Clients develop favorites and will often request a certain kit” added Diane Ebinger.

A typical meal kit is identified by its colorful bag.

  • Printed entree recipes are attached to the bags.
  • Nonperishable ingredients are included.
  • Meal kits feed 6-8 people.
  • Clients receive a random selection when making their monthly visit.
  • Card insert in kits provides a list of nutrition related mental health resources.

To help make a difference in someone’s life, monetary donations are gratefully accepted at:

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan

P.O. Box 80932, Rochester

Michigan 48308-0932

or go to our website:

BOOK DRIVE - Fantastic Results!

Once again our members, family, friends, and community have responded. Our donations numbered 1,287 books and $675 in monetary donations.

Operation School Bell, One-2-One Tutoring, Wee Help and Neighborhood House Back-2-School Blast Off will all benefit from receiving new books. The gently used books will be given to local agencies.

Thank you to all who supported the book drive, and a special thank you to Mary Humes, Jill Greimel, Geri Hogan and Sandy Bera, the OSB book committee, for their help. A child who reads is a child who succeeds.

Thank you.

Barb Roller Book Drive Chair and OSB Book Committee member



Aging Out Of Foster Care: ‘Journey into a new life’

ROCHESTER, Michigan, 6/20/2023:  Any young person moving out on their own needs certain essentials, but it’s particularly true for those who were raised in the foster care system as children, have turned 18 and are now on their own.

It’s called “aging out,” the process of a youth leaving formal control of foster care into independent living.  In Michigan, approximately 10,000 children are in foster care, and less than 1,000 young people age out every year.

Understanding what makes a house a home, the Michigan Assistance League chapter has collaborated with nonprofit agencies, Big Family of Michigan and Orchards Children’s Services, both assist young adults beginning a new, independent life in a home, apartment or dormitory.

“Transitioning out of foster care is a difficult and overwhelming time.  Thanks to Assistance League’s generosity, our young people do not have to worry about being able to afford basic household items. Now they have a beautiful and clean space to be proud of as they begin their life as independent adults,” said Erin King, Supervisor, Foster Care and Independent Living of Orchards Children’s Services in Southfield.

Assistance League’s Aging Out co-chairs Dolores Barry, Violet Cholakian and Mary Ebert shopped, coordinated and assembled 24 bathroom/cleaning supplies kits.  Each recipient receives a kit which contains new hamper, bath mat, two sets of towels, wastebasket, caddy with personal hygiene products, a gift card to a local grocery store, and over 30 cleaning supplies such as mop, paper products, liquid cleansers, broom and dustpan, utility bucket, and laundry products.

“These are exactly the things I was looking at and trying to shop for them,” said a 20-years-old woman who moved into her own apartment and works at a grocery store.

A 19-year-old recipient, who lives in an apartment and attends college said, “Oh my gosh.  There is so much stuff. This is amazing.  Literally perfect.  Thank you so much.”

“While our chapter programs continue to help so many children and adults, we can’t forget those ‘aging out’ of foster care.  It is very important to let these young adults know that we care and support them as they begin a new life of independence,” said Denise Kaminske, President of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan.



Did you know………

Layette Kit Assemblies July 2023

On two warm days in July a wonderful group of women, including veteran and new members as well as some community volunteers, gathered to assemble our Wee Help Layette Kits. Making quick work of the tasks at hand, their efforts were nothing short of amazing.

On July 24th, our volunteers arrived to help us prepare the items to be included in our layette kits. Bottles, pacifiers, books, and bibs were unwrapped and sorted by gender. Having increased the number of layette kits that were going to be made, 380 sleepers and 380 onesies were unpacked, neatly folded, and stacked in bins.

On July 25th, the assembly line was ready. Shortly after the assembly of kits began, a new member suggested a change regarding how the bags were packed that would make it easier to accommodate the pack of wipes which were a recent addition. An adjustment was easily made on the assembly line, and everyone went quickly back to work. That suggestion not only better accommodated the wipes but made it easier to add the hat and bib and seal the bag at the end. Henry Ford would have been proud! With great care and attention to detail, our volunteers assembled 190 boys and 190 girls layette kits that morning.

Shortly after the last kit was assembled, our liaisons began arriving to pick up the layette kits for distribution. By noon Friday of that week, 167 boys and 166 girls’ layette kits had been picked up for delivery.

Wee Help provides layette kits and Safe Sleep packages to mothers for their newborns. Kits contain receiving blanket, clothing, diapers, bottle, pacifier, bib washcloth baby book, knotted hat and a fact sheet from The Office of Women’s Health on Postpartum Depression. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan has been serving infants and their mothers through the Wee Help program since 1994, benefitting 14,234 infants.

If you would like to donate to Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, please visit our website at and click on “Donate”. Thank you!


ROCHESTER, Michigan (10/10/22) – Where do you go for the perfect fall outing? One that combines a concert, silent auction, boutique shopping, raffles, complimentary valet parking and a luncheon with friends?

The answer, of course, is Mistletoe Marketplace, the 19th annual holiday fundraiser by Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, held at Palazzo Grande on Wednesday, November 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The entertainment will be a special guest performance by NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” contestants, the nationally acclaimed Detroit Youth Choir, with members age 8-18.

You will be able to bid on deluxe items, take part in raffles and shop while visiting with friends. Palazzo Grande is located at 54660 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township 48316.

Sign up online while there are still open tables at:

For registration questions, please contact Tiffani Wolf at 269-599-3473.

Tickets are $90 per person. Funds raised benefit the chapter’s established philanthropic programs, which include Operation School Bell for school children, Wee Help for infants, Assault Survivor Kits for victims of abuse and Nourishing Neighbors for those with food insecurity.

BLAST OFF 2 SCHOOL: Books, bags and backpacks

ROCHESTER, Michigan (08/29/22) – For the first time in two years, more than 400 students ages pre-K to high school shopped in person at the annual Blast Off 2 School event at held Neighborhood House on August 13.

Now in its sixth year, the annual program is sponsored by Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Neighborhood House and Ascension Providence Hospital, all based in Rochester.

This year, 433 children shopped for themselves with the help of an Assistance League volunteer. Each child received a bag full of new necessities: socks, underwear, shirt, hoodie, hygiene kit and an age-appropriate book.

Neighborhood House also gave each student a backpack filled with school supplies.

Due to previous COVID-19 precautions in 2020 and 2021, only “contactless” shopping was allowed. Eligible families then picked up their child’s bags at curbside.

One youngster, Jackson, 10, was so excited that he kept pulling items out of his blue Assistance League bag to show his mother.

“I got a Minions toothbrush, underwear and socks!” he said. When she tried to get him to leave, Jackson said, “Wait, I’m not done showing you. Got a book, too!”

“Our goal every year is to ensure that these children have what they need to begin a new school year,” said Cindy Weber, the Southeastern Michigan chapter’s president. “It’s always a privilege for our organization to be a part of this.”

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s established Philanthropic Programs include Operation School Bell for school children, Wee Help for infants, Assault Survivor Kits for victims of abuse and Nourishing Neighbors for those with food insecurity.

AGING OUT: 'Journey into a new life'

ROCHESTER, Michigan (07/29/22) – Any young person moving out on their own needs certain essentials, but it’s particularly true for those who were raised in the foster care system as children, have turned 18 and are now adults.

It’s called “aging out,” the process of a youth transitioning from formal control of foster care toward independent living. In Michigan, approximately 13,000 children are in foster care, and about 1,600 young people age out every year when they reach their 18th birthday.

That’s where Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan comes in.

Understanding what makes a house a home, the Michigan Assistance League chapter has collaborated with Big Family of Michigan, a nonprofit corporation, to assist young adults beginning a new, independent life in a home, apartment or dormitory.

“These young people have had very challenging lives and deserve the best we can do for them. Thank you, Assistance League, for your generous donations,” said Sharon McCaughrin, president and CEO of Big Family of Michigan in St. Clair Shores.

Assistance League’s Aging Out co-chairs Dolores Barry and Violet Cholakian shopped for months, coordinating and assembling 20 duffle bags for young adults. Each bag contains new bedding, a bath set, and personal items in a women’s cosmetic bag or men’s dopp kit toiletry bag. Then, it’s delivered to Big Family.

“The bedding is nicer than anything I have ever had – and it’s mine!” said one 18-year-old woman who has benefited from the Aging Out program. “I do not have to share with my sister because she also received her own bedding.”

Both 18, they now live in their own apartment. One sister has a 4-month-old baby.

“We had so much fun putting the stuff on our beds, and we are thankful to everyone for making us feel so special,” said one sister.

“Our chapter touches the lives of so many people through our community programs, including Aging Out. We’re honored to give these young adults a head start as they begin their journey into a new life,” said Cindy Weber, president of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan.

In addition to Aging Out, Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s established Philanthropic Programs include Operation School Bell for school children, Wee Help for infants, Assault Survivor Kits for victims of abuse and Nourishing Neighbors for those with food insecurity.

NOURISHING NEIGHBORS: Monthly Meal Kits help keep shelves full

 ROCHESTER, Michigan (07/07/22) – In collaboration with Neighborhood House Food Pantry in Rochester, Assistance League® of Southeastern Michigan assembles about 200 Meal Kits per month for distribution to pantry clients and their families, as well as providing financial support to keep the pantry stocked.

As co-chairs of Assistance League’s Nourishing Neighbors program, Diane Ebinger and Sherry Davenport organize new recipes every other week to ensure that Food Pantry clients receive nutritious meals.

The Food Pantry provides families not only with canned foods, but also dairy and protein items, fresh fruits and vegetables, and even pet food.

“Helping to keep Neighborhood House shelves full is always part of the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s mission,” said Davenport, co-chair.

“Meal Kits are just one part of our Nourishing Neighbors program. The most significant impact Assistance League makes through this partnership is with monthly donated dollars dedicated to supporting the Food Pantry inventory,” she added.

Here’s more about the Meal Kits paid for by Assistance League:

  • A typical Meal Kit may include everything to make Salmon Linguine.
  • Inside, there is an easy-to-follow printed recipe, along with canned salmon, onion, garlic powder and pasta.
  • No perishable ingredients are in these Meal Kits, but any fresh ingredients needed for the recipe (such as milk, eggs, butter) are available at the Food Pantry.
  • Each Meal Kit serves six people.
  • Families pick them up at Neighborhood House.