Matrix Human Services

Have you had a meal today? Many have not.
A warm bed? Imagine a cardboard box.

Matrix Human Services is dedicated to the city of Detroit with never ending passion, serving more than 25,000 clients annually. To continue helping those in need, we need your help.
Donate today!


Welcome to Matrix Human Services:  Everyday in Detroit, Matrix is touching hearts and changing lives – fighting poverty with 15 programs operating out of 33 locations – programs designed to support, educate and empower families, children, men and women. Our Mission? To break the generational cycle of poverty gripping the city of Detroit.

Matrix has been committed to the city of Detroit for more than 106 years with a never ending passion… and we continue our march – working with every woman, man, and child that enters our doors, ensuring they have food, clothing, shelter, an education, a job, and hope for tomorrow.

By implementing our Transition to Success Model into the lives of our clients, we impact and uplift, developing a real path to independence….not just a hand out but a strong and reliable hand up.

RiseDetroit Charity Challenge


The RiseDetroit Charity Challenge is underway and we need YOU!


We’re asking every single Matrix supporter to take action today!
The RiseDetroit Charity Challenge is offering prizes to the three charities who raise the most money for their cause. Supporters can launch their own fundraisers for Matrix and encourage their social networks to give. Take a moment to read more about this challenge below then visit the Matrix Human Services page on the RiseDetroit challenge site to start a fundraiser or simply donate to Matrix during this amazing event! EVERY DOLLAR BRINGS US CLOSER TO OUR GOAL! Please, get involved or give what you can!


Every donation, no matter how small, brings us closer to the prize!

We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Phillip Fisher’s Mission Throttle and the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

To give back, they will be donating $100,000 to Detroit based causes. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $50,000 donation. Second place gets $20,000 and third gets $10,000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win the $50,000 grand prize donation. We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help.

We’re looking for our amazing supporters to go one step further than just donating and are asking them to actually fundraise for our campaign. Imagine the impact we can have if each of our supporters got their friends and family to donate to our cause. And, it’s super easy to do, all you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with everyone you know.

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, please Click Here and give whatever you can. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small and everything is appreciated.

Please email the CrowdRise team at if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything.

Thanks so much for your support!


Pick your passion and fundraise for your cause!

What Matrix program is near and dear to your heart? NOW is your chance to raise funds for where you see a need! Untitled-3

  • Raise money for the emergency food pantry at the Matrix Center.
  • Fundraise for the Matrix Off The Streets Program providing shelter and supportive services to homeless and runaway youth.
  • Raise money for Reuther Older Adult and Senior Services, caring for one of the most fragile populations, Detroit’s aging poor.
  • Fundraise for our Matrix Employment Center, The Matrix Youth Assistance Program, The Matrix Center (our community center), …the list goes on.
  • Raise money and awareness for the organization as a whole

…the options are endless! Matrix Human Services has 15 programs operating out of 33 locations across the city of Detroit. We offer services to every demographic and through our groundbreaking Transition to Success™ model, we are transitioning individuals and families out of poverty to lives of self sufficiency. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our programs and the valuable work we do. Pick a cause that matters to you, visit our page on the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge, and launch a fundraiser today!


Want to get involved without starting a fundraiser? Simply visit our page on the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge and donate! Every single dollar will bring us get closer to our goal. Give what you can. Every gift is appreciated and rest assured that 93% of every dollar donated goes directly to program funding. That is a number worth bragging about!


RiseDetroit & CrowdRise
Please email the CrowdRise team at if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything!

Matrix Human Services
Please email Jen Dickens for organization or program information, stats and Matrix design assets for use in your campaign!

We are here to help you succeed in this venture! Click here to get started now!

Change to Matrix Head Start center openings scheduled for the week of 9/8

All Westside – Head Start (former Vistas Nuevas locations)

Unfortunately, we were advised Friday that the only center opening MONDAY, September 8, 2014 is the Matrix Head Start CECIL Center.

We anticipate opening the other west side locations for class Wednesday, September 10, 2014. This extra time will help us to ensure that all of our facilities meet our strict safety guidelines and policies.  The safety of our families is paramount to us and we must take any concerns with regard to our facilities very seriously.

All Eastside – Head Start & Early Head Start & Westside – Early Head Start

Unfortunately, we have been informed by the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulations Agency that our school centers are still on a waiting list to be licensed as state certified childcare facilities.  Although we, Matrix Head Start, began this process very early we cannot control the time required by the State to conduct these measures.

We understand that parents and families need to be kept aware of opening dates, so as we receive this information we will immediately communicate the same to our families. As of yet, we have not been given a specific date to open, but we anticipate that our school centers will be open within the month of September, 2014.

We understand that this is both inconvenient and frustrating for our families and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause.  We still look forward to serving our children and families in what we know will be a rewarding year for all.