Green Gym At Church


(Lydia Lanni) What
are we going to do? (Darron Gibson) Is that
what we’re going to do. Whoa! (Lydia Lanni) I don’t know!
I got to sit down. (Darron Gibson) Me too. (Lydia Lanni) Cass Community
they have a green gym, and in those gyms
they have bikes. While you’re pedaling,
you are creating energy. (Stacy Leigh) What they are
essentially doing in this room will help power the machines in
the mud mat room, operated by homeless guys who are part of
a vocational training program. (Faith Fowler) The second room
is a document destruction or shredding room where we employ
50 developmentally disabled people to sort and shred paper
and cardboard and X-rays. I’m Faith Fowler,
senior pastor at Cass Community United Methodist
Church and executive director at Cass Community Social
Services in Detroit. At least three groups of people
pedal the bikes here at the green gym; some are residents,
people formally living on the streets and now living in
our transitional shelter. (Darron Gibson) Well when
I’m working out it’s
really a lot of fun. It’s keeping me working
on my cardiovascular. It’s a dual purpose. (Marcellus Sabra) I work in the
mud mat assembly room, where we actually take tires,
used tires out of the community, and we bring them back here and
we make mud mats out of them, like door mats. (Faith Fowler) So the fact that
Cass is able to pick up the tires at no cost to the
city, 17,000 so far, and actually turn that into jobs
and keep them out the landfill is a terrific proposition. The second group is
the staff of Cass. Very often they come over on
lunch hours or after work or before work. ♪ (music) ♪ The last group of people
are all volunteers. We see 5,000 volunteers
a year here. (Lydia Lanni) The cool
thing about this part of Cass’ ministry– it’s building
pride for people. It’s not about giving a hand
out; it’s about helping and building up people. (Delano Gayles) I dream to start
my own family and have my own house, you know be
on my own one day. (Andre Jones) You know since
I have been here I have been learning how to become a man. So it’s giving my
integrity back, my dignity
back and pride back. (Marcellus Sabra) They put me in
a place where I can sit down and actually evaluate
my situation in life. I feel I’m on the right track
and I feel like I just need to stay on that same track. (Stacy Leigh) Most of
my guys, two years ago they were on the streets,
they were probably using. They were probably suffering
from untreated mental illness and today these guys are
on the front lines of the green revolution, and
they’re also learning skills that make them employable.