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

Volunteer Opportunities

food delivery

Monday Food Distribution

WHS has partnered with Forgotten Harvest to aid in the fight against hunger. Every Monday, local residents of Detroit’s District 4 eastside community, congregate to the JVCC for a weekly food distribution event. Harvest Boxes (about a weeks worth of perishable and non-perishable food items) are prepared and distributed by volunteers between the hours of 6:00pm-8:00pm. This event currently averages around 75 harvest boxes per week.

Saturday Dinner

Saturday Community Dinner

WHS has taken your average “soup kitchen” meal to the next level. Every Saturday, local residents can spend their afternoons in the newly-renovated, commercial kitchen, at the JVCC to receive a hot meal. Volunteers assist in meal preparation and community engagement with our wonderful neighbors. Saturdays at the JVCC are filled with food, fellowship, and fun.

mentoring youth

Mentoring WHS Youth

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.

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!