Rev. Faith Fowler is the senior pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and the executive director of Cass Community Social Services, a large Detroit-based nonprofit that serves more than 700,000 meals a year and hosts approximately 300 homeless people per night in addition to a daytime program, medical clinics and an employment office. Since 1994, she has been the director of Cass Community Social Services.
Under Fowler’s leadership, Cass Community Social Services has expanded its job programs and campus. Its original goal was to expand the social services available in the Cass Corridor beyond emergency aid programs. Fowler’s focus on sustainability and jobs has helped address income inequality in Detroit by creating jobs for the homeless and those below the poverty line, through products such as mud mats made from recycled illegally dumped tires, coasters made from wood sourced from demolished homes, and Detroit branded sandals. Her expansion of Cass Community’s programs and properties has resulted in an increase in the number of homeless people who have successfully moved into temporary housing. Fowler helped establish the Tiny Homes Detroit project, Cass Community Publishing House and Cass Green Industries, which produces the sustainable products sold by Cass Community Social Services.
Fowler is a graduate of Albion College and holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Fowler felt the need for high school chaplaincy, but was told by her church pastor that she was “wrong.” Nevertheless, she studied religion and English at Albion College. To save enough money for a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University, she worked a full-time job at a childcare and rehabilitation center and a part-time job at a church youth program.
Fowler has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a board member of the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, an advisory member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, and chairman of the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee. She is the author of two books.
Fowler, Faith (September 8, 2014), This Far By Faith: Twenty Years At Cass Community, Cass Community Publishing House, ISBN 978-1939880703 Fowler, Faith (January 1, 2018), Tiny Homes In a Big City, Cass Community Publishing House, ISBN 978-942011750References