The Church-service missionaries that were called to work as mentors in inner-city Detroit are in various stages in life. Some are still working full-time and others are not. These members don’t have other callings in their own ward, their primary focus is to serve the individuals and families the bishop has referred them to and help them reach their goals.
Daniel Dunnigan, the Area Seventy for the region, said of these missionaries, “Take your best Relief Society president, take your very best Elder’s Quorum President and give them as their one assignment pure ministering work.” That is one of the keys of this program’s success.
Each missionary works under the direction of the bishop and receives regular training about how to mentor someone who has a different economical background. But more than anything, these missionaries build their mentorship on a foundation of real friendship and love as they help others achieve their dreams and become more self-reliant.
Each ward and stake has unique needs as the members work together to care for the poor and needy. If you are interested in creating a similar inner-city project in your area, take a look at the following resources for priesthood leaders: Inner-city Training Materials