We provide dignity to homeless persons by offering the opportunity to work for pay to help beautify the City of Detroit.

Better WAY Detroit™ [BWD] engages, pays, feeds, and counsels homeless persons, and connects them to services for housing, medical and/or mental health care and stable employment opportunities.

In return, BWD participants help beautify our beloved city by clearing Detroit parks and neighborhoods of trash and plant/tree overgrowth to help make them safer. Through their efforts, BWD participants inspire community spirit, pride of ownership and confidence in the dignity of work.

Better WAY Detroit™ was created and is led by Fr. Marko Djonovic who is the pastor of St. Moses the Black parish in Detroit. The initiative is currently 100% funded by individual donations which are essential to the continued health and growth of the program.

Please take a few minutes to view the video below; it helped us launch the program and tells our story. We hope that as you learn more about Better WAY Detroit™, you will consider supporting this unique initiative and help us to bring dignity through work to Detroit’s homeless.

The story of Better Way Detroit™.


You can support Better Way Detroit™ in one of three ways:

1) Monetary Gifts: You may follow the secure Paypal link below to make an online donation or send a check made payable to Better Way Detroit to: Better Way Detroit, PO Box 2923, Detroit, MI 48202.

2) Donations of Goods: We are always in need of large black garbage bags, work gloves, tools, gas cards, Home Depot or Lowe’s gift cards, bottles of water and snacks. We also accept donations of automobiles in working condition for those participants who are in need of transportation to and from their new jobs. Please contact us at betterwaydetroit@gmail.com for information on when and where to deliver your donation.

3) Pray for us! Your prayers are a most valuable gift! Please keep the people we serve and the ministry itself in your prayers. God bless you!

Better WAY Detroit™ is a tax-exempt organization under IRC section 501(c)(3); your gift should qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.


Better WAY Detroit™ was recently featured on Mitch Albom’s “The Heart of Detroit” Television Program.


“Detroit priest hires homeless to help clean up the city”

Catholic News Agency

“How a priest and homeless people are transforming Detroit”

Worthy Things Blog

“Fostering an Honorable Exchange”

Fox 2 Detroit

“Detroit church pays homeless people to clean up the city”


Better WAY Detroit™ was partly inspired by the work of St. Philip Neri, a 16th c. Italian priest who radically served the poor in his midst. It is our hope to grow this ministry with Gospel values and find new ways to empower the poor in Detroit to better their lives.

Better WAY Detroit™ collaborates with the Detroit Mayor’s Office, which connects us with city residents whose properties are blighted. As we go forward it is our intent to look for other ways to serve the city with the help of our Detroit’s homeless. We encourage you to return to this website for updates on our progress!

God bless you for your support of Better WAY Detroit™!

Fr. Marko Djonovic
Better Way Detroit™
PO Box 2923, Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 868-4308