Known throughout the neighborhood for its generosity toward the community, Woodbridge Pub takes its giving a step further on Tuesday nights. A charity of the pub’s choosing receives dinner proceeds between 6:00 and 10:00 that evening in a setup that offers a limited menu for the time period. Throughout the night, the pub serves drinks to all customers.
In early November, the recipient was the domestic violence program from the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. Spearheaded by research assistant Sara Thornton, the fundraiser at Woodbridge Pub included a flat-fee buffet dinner prepared by Woodbridge Pub: salad, beef and tofu tacos, and a pasta dish. The center provided baked goods, sold individually, for dessert, and entered every dinner patron into a raffle for door prizes at the end of the evening.
The funds raised through Woodbridge Pub will help the center launch Detroit Service Corps, a program to support advocates that work with survivors of domestic violence. While the center has seen a reduc-tion in crime throughout Midtown, particularly property crime, since its collaboration with the Detroit Police Department in 2009, domestic violence remains steady. “There’s a disproportionate rate of domestic violence in Detroit,” Thornton explains. “We need more resources allocated to addressing this.”
Thornton’s background in domestic violence advocacy allowed her to become involved with the center during her time as a graduate student at Wayne State. She points to the decline in resources over the last 20 years as a significant part of domestic violence’s prevalence in the city. “We need to bring attention to regain what we’ve lost,” she explains. “There’s a lot more we could be doing. We need more services in place.”