Although the mission of Wolverine Human Services is Helping Children to be Victors, we continue to be so much more than that! We have been proud community members for over 30 years and we continue to be active in our neighborhoods. A large part of this is done through the John S. Community Center on the East Side of Detroit.

Volunteer Opportunities

Core Orchards Detroit

In order to restore our neighborhood on the Eastside of Detroit and make it a safe community environment, Wolverine Human Services founded Core Orchards (the first U-Pick apple orchard in Detroit city limits). Core Orchards offers volunteer opportunities including: Monday Food Distribution, Saturday Soup Kitchen, Orchard Operation Events, Neighborhood Clean-Ups, and more.

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Fresh Era

Fresh Era: The goal of Fresh Era is to provide opportunities for young Metro-Detroiters to participate in the social and economic renaissance of the city. When you sign up for a Fresh Era membership, you are gaining access to a community with opportunities to volunteer, network, and do good in Detroit.

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Mentorship Programs

In everything we do, our mission remains the same: “Helping Children to be Victors.” Allocating the proper resources and tools to children within our care is essential to that mission. The most successful of mentors share characteristics of patience, empathy and reliability, which all help to foster positive relationships, in order to carry out the mission. Some of our mentors have helped initiate art programs, meditative yoga practice, or coaching sports, but the most important thing you can do is donate your time and show our kids that there are people out there that care.


Being away from family during the holidays can be tough for our clients. Wolverine Human Services is always looking for holiday help to make our clients feel at home and holly throughout the holidays.

Note: Due to the vulnerabilities of our youth, there are required background checks and safety trainings that are required to mentor with WHS, so if you’re interested, schedule a time to tour our facility and get the process started!

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The John S. Vitale Community Center

The John S. Vitale Story

John S. Vitale was born on December 28, 1965 in the city of Detroit. He attended De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren. He then went on to play college football for Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan from 1985 to 1988. He later played professional football for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991 and the Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League from 1993 to 1994.

After his football career, John worked for Wolverine Human Services. His final position was Director of Wolverine Center on the east side of Detroit. The center is now named the John S. Vitale.