Bound Together

Bound Together is located at:

All Saints Episcopal Church
171 West Pike Street
Pontiac, Michigan 48343-1750

Find out more on Bound Together's website, too.

Video of the Bound Together in action.

Click here to view the video presentation by Mitch Albom.

Bound Together was established in 1994 by parishioners of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac MI. Since then, Bound Together has welcomed and embraced many children (and their families.) The children have the opportunity to be part of the Bound Together community 5 days a week from September through May.

On alternate Mondays, we offer either an art experience or a healthy cooking class. On Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we offer academic assistance with reading and math. Children are met (where they are) academically and strive for improvement and competency. We try to offer one on one tutoring  and for the most part, we achieve that! We currently have 24 children ranging from 1st through 6th grade. The majority of our children remain at BT as long as possible. The children, when they “age out” of the program, are invited back for art and cooking. Several of the children do just that!

Work sheets are completed that are found in their individual binders. We keep track of progress and the work is documented in our files. While completing work, we always say that we recognize struggle and celebrate success! We offer incentives to be both productive and positive.

We offer a clean, calm and  nurturing environment that children can take comfort in. Our routines are predictable and consistent. They are greeted with love and understanding.

Wonderful story: One child arrived half way through the tutoring session. This was highly unusual as she usually arrives promptly at 4:00pm.  As she placed her hand on my shoulder she said “Hi, Ms. Jane” I turned and said “Aniyah, I am so happy to see you! It is late for you to be arriving?” She replied, “I got home, no one was there. My mom wasn’t there, and I couldn’t get a hold of my  grandma….so I thought,  what do I do? I said to myself, Aniyah, go to Bound Together. You like it there. They like you and it is nice.” Aniyah walked 2 miles to get to Bound Together.

St. Philps presently supplies folks that either tutor or help serve dinner. We always welcome more people to be involved, as either tutors or helpers, in art/ cooking and serving meals!

The help offered, and graciously received from St. Philip’s Rochester changes the lives of many and has for many years! Thank you so much!

A short video link  Click Here

Jane Porter Executive Director Bound Together 167Wpike St Pontiac MI 48341

September 1, 2020


Hello friends!

WE DID IT!! The BT Technology Challenge has reached its 4K goal (and we will also be utterly thrilled to surpass it if your gift is in the mail!). Our matching challenge for Chromebooks was launched on August 9th with a 1:1 match up to 4K offered by Michael Whitted, a member of the BT board. (Thanks so much, Michael!) And thanks to all of you who have responded so generously!!

Lighthouse seeing an increased need: We just received an email from OUPIECE outlining the increase in demand for emergency food from Lighthouse. We've gotten in touch with Russ Russell (thank you, Donna Censoni, for that contact!) to let them know that we are ready to help with distribution if that is needed.

Applications for tutors:  At this point, we are certain that our opening for the year will be a remote one, relying on on-line approaches.  We have reached out to the UMich program called Backpac that seeks to connect students with volunteer opportunities, and our current OU tutors are actively advocating for us with their colleagues! We will also continue to work with our good friends at NDPMA, as well as other area high schools -- if we are virtual, these students can safely participate in our program. Please feel free to forward applications to those whom you think might be a good fit for Bound Together, or to encourage them to give me a call with their questions. 

Right now, we are looking at having approximately 35 confirmed tutors -- with a need for at least 60 if we reach a threshold of 20 students. If you've not had a chance to let us know whether you will be able to tutor with us this year, please do feel free to drop me a line -- and I will absolutely work to be in touch with everyone in that cohort this week!

Honor Community Health: A testament to the power of networking: Mary Beth Tygielski, a BT board member, has made a contact with Honor Community Health, whose mission is to provide basic medical, behavioral health, and dental services to communities who might otherwise lack access to such resources. We are hoping to meet with these folks next week courtesy of Mary Beth's efforts -- fingers crossed for some tremendous opportunities here.

Backpacks and applications: Regardless of location: it's not the start of school without a new backpack, and some new school supplies. We are on track to distribute same this Wednesday evening to our families and to accept new applications for students at that time. 

We have made new contacts with the Resource Navigator at the Oakland Health Department as well as with a number of schools in order to get the word out about Bound Together. As we put these backpacks together, sincere thanks to Eric Travis, Missioner for Youth and Young Adults for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan (EDOMI), who has gifted us with brain teasers, silly springs and bubbles (yippee!) to add an element of fun into the mix.

Bound Together beginning the week of September 21 (giving students and families a chance to settle in to their new routines, with the start of the school year a bit later than usual.) We will be scheduling some training and "how-to" for tutors and for kids in the very near future -- stay tuned!

A Little Free Library for Bound Together: Thanks to Barry Lawler, one of our most passionate volunteers, we are in the process of developing a "Little Free Library" on the campus at All Saints. The purpose of these small shelves of books is to make reading material easily available in every neighborhood -- a small weatherproof cabinet that can house materials for families to browse, borrow and return to, and that we can populate with resources otherwise unavailable to our community. What we know about transmission during the pandemic tells us that the risks for this enterprise are low and that the possible outcomes are tremendous. We will keep you posted and offer pictures ASAP!

In these unsettled times: please know how important it is, and how grateful we are, to know that all of you are in our corner! Thank you, so very much.

Warm regards,



Michele J. Wogaman
Executive Director, Bound Together
tel: 248-334-3827  | cell: 248-875-5768 |

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