Howard & Howard Donates $12.5k to South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless

ROYAL OAK, Mich., February 13, 2020 – Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, has donated $12,500 to the South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (SOCH). The nonprofit SOCH has operated the Welcome Inn Day Center on W. 13 Mile Road since 2003.

The Welcome Inn Day Center is a “low barrier” wintertime day-center, which means that guests are accepted as they are with few stipulations or requirements. The Center also works with a group of local churches which provide overnight accommodations, enabling 24-hour sheltering at a time of year when a denial of care could result in dire consequences for vulnerable, homeless citizens.

The donation is part of the Howard & Howard’s “12 Months of Giving” initiative, a year-long charitable campaign involving all the firm’s offices and their respective communities. Through the initiative, which was part of the firm’s 150th anniversary celebrated over the course of 2019, Howard & Howard donated $150,000 to various community and charitable groups.

About South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless and Welcome Inn Day Center

Established in 2003, the South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless operates the Welcome Inn Day Center at 1717 W. 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, MI. The Center is open mid-December through mid-March, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. With the participation of several area churches which provide overnight accommodations, 24-hour sheltering is made available throughout the cold winter months. Welcome Inn guests are provided three warm and nutritious meals per day. An onsite social worker and volunteer nurses provide all guests with basic health screening, clothing, personal items and referrals for additional help and support. More at


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Walsh College Creates Rinkus Scholarship for Military Veterans

Walsh College has created the Walter P. Rinkus Memorial Scholarship for Veterans, its first student scholarship designated specifically for U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

Mike and Judy Rinkus established the scholarship in honor of Walter P. Rinkus, Mike’s father. Mike Rinkus, a veteran himself, is associate professor, Finance, at Walsh College and is former senior vice president and group manager, international trade finance, at Comerica Bank. Judy Rinkus is senior vice president, Bank of America.

“We’re proud to support and recognize America’s veterans with this important scholarship and appreciate the Rinkus’ generosity,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Veterans bring unique viewpoints, skills, and perspective to the classroom. We hope this scholarship will encourage their pursuit of a business education here at Walsh.”

Walter P. Rinkus enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later participated in Pacific campaigns and the invasion of Okinawa, Japan, as a combat engineer. The scholarship honors his legacy and commitment to education and his values of hard work, honesty, and integrity.

Walsh received recognition earlier this year from Military Times magazine as one of 64 select national institutions ranked as a “Best for Vets Business College” which provide high levels of service for active duty and veteran military men and women. The selection process considered the school’s culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost.

Donors to Walsh College have several scholarship-giving options available, including named endowed, named annual, student hardship, and general fund scholarships.

For more information on giving, go to To apply for scholarships, visit

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.


GalaxE.Solutions teams with city of Detroit, donates technology for new police neighborhood centers

DETROIT – In his State of the City address last night, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a donation by custom software developer GalaxE.Solutions that will provide new technology for 14 Detroit police community centers, located in neighborhoods throughout the city, by the end of 2013. The initiative, which will deliver to the police department 100 percent functionality and capability, is part of Mayor Dave Bing’s continuing efforts to make the city safer and more secure for its residents.

The new centers will be equipped with new desktop computers, phones and wireless access points, allowing direct communication with all Detroit precincts. Housed in the city’s neighborhoods, the centers will have a DPD presence, including two full-time officers and a community liaison.

“When the mayor’s office and DPD approached us on the technological challenges they are facing in the area of public safety, we wanted to help immediately while looking ahead to the future,” said Tim Bryan, GalaxE.Solutions CEO. “Promoting and supporting public safety is paramount as Detroit continues its resurgence.”

The community centers also offer residents a resource for blood pressure screening, senior exercise programs and after school care for children, among other resources. A DPD presence and report-writing station in each puts more officers on the streets and in the city’s neighborhoods, enhancing safety citywide.