DETOUR, a power-house bluegrass band based in Michigan, announced last year they would be donating proceeds from the sales of their song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans. Last week, songwriter and band member, Jeff Rose presented another check to Lilly Nowicki, Event and Database Coordinator with Goodwill.
Ruth Blick, the Director of Marketing and Communications with Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan said, “Thank you, to you and the band for your continued commitment to Patriot Place and our veterans experiencing homelessness across the country. You will never truly know the impact that the song and support has on so many lives.”
The song, “Homeless of the Brave” appears on DETOUR’S current album, “A BETTER PLACE.” Jeff Rose wrote the song after hearing on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans. “I am still just absolutely stunned there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone”. The song is a story about American veterans who return home, only to find they cannot get jobs, or in some cases, even find places to live and sleep.
It’s time we stand up and say,
there’ll be hell to pay, if another soldier dies upon these streets,
In the richest land on earth, please tell me what it’s worth,
if we let them go down in defeat, oh there has to be a way that we can save,
those living in the land of the free and the homeless of “The Brave.”
To learn more about Patriot Place and the song “Homeless of the Brave,” please visit www.goodwillnmi.org/vets. Radio stations can download Public Service Announcements and Detour’s music at airplaydirect.com/music/detour.
DETOUR includes the talents of Melissa Armstrong (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar); Jeff Rose (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Peter Knupfer (Fiddle ); Scott Zylstra (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar); Jack Grant (Harmony & Lead Vocals; Bass); and Kevin Gaugier (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo). For more information, please visit DETOUR online at DetourBluegrass.com, Facebook and Twitter .