Manna Community Garden

Manna Community Garden is a community garden in which members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Detroit and the neighborhood come together to build, plant, and pray.

Members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit and the Corktown Neighbourhood come together to build, plant and bless a community garden.


Peace and Justice Hive

The Peace & Justice Hive provides comfortable and attractive rental office space, as well as certain common services and meeting places, to community-based peace and justice organizations and non-profits.

Our Peace & Justice Hive hosts a beehive of organizations serving justice and peace in the city. Organizations benefit and synergize one another, where shared economies are formed, conversations and alliances created, and support in the organizing can happen.

For a full list of organizations within the Hive, click here.

We have office and meeting space large and small.  Costs range starting at $150 a month which includes wireless internet, heat, and utilities. If you or another organization you know, would be interested having a walk through or learning about costs, please contact Daniel Wylie-Eggert at: or 248-933-4467.

Mission: For the Peace & Justice Hive in this current period, it is the mission of St Peter’s:

  • To provide comfortable and attractive rental office space, as well as certain common services and meeting places, to community-based peace and justice organizations and non-profits, such that the interaction and synergy might deepen their service to our parish, our neighborhood, and our city.

  • To use the opportunity of this creative mix and the renewed spaces also to develop new ministries and projects.

  • To provide, when available, such space to budding entrepreneurial or small neighborhood businesses where consistent with this overall vision.

Mural Creation in the Bee Hive project from Madonna University

Madonna University art students are working with St. Peter’s, Hive residents, and Manna Meal folks to plan a mural. The mural will be painted with the help of artists Debby and Rick Zuccarini on the first floor of our main hallway. They have gathered input from our community for a theme that reflects the spirit of St. Peter’s. To get involved, review the schedule below and contact Janet Ray at

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MannaWorks Clay Studio

MannaWorks Clay Studio at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is a working pottery studio that is first and foremost a space for guests of Manna Meal Kitchen to learn about and explore creating functional and sculptural art with clay.  MannaWorks Clay Studio also provides retreat & workshop programming linking clay, spirituality, creativity and expressions of justice and community.  


MannaWorks Clay Studio is an integral part of the Parish House Beehive of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church which includes Manna Meal Kitchen, the Restorative Justice Center, Michigan Peace Team, The Boggs Educational Center as well as other individuals and organizations that focus on justice, peace, creativity, spirituality and healing.  We plan to have the studio operational by April 2013.

Vision Statement: MannaWorks Clay Studio will be a place where neighbors can join together to create art across lines of class, race and faith.

Mission Statement: To provide a working pottery studio for Manna Meal guests to develop a safe space for creating ceramic art in the Corktown Community for the sake of joy, the strengthening of community and supplementary income.


Manna Community Meal

Manna Community Meal is a soup kitchen in the city of Detroit that was started in 1976. It is located on the lower level of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (through the red door) but is directly linked and affiliated with Day House Catholic Worker.


Manna Meal is co-sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The soup kitchen is co-managed by Tom Lumpkin, Priest at Day House, and Marianne Arbogast. Its mission is to offer sanctuary from the harsh realities of the street and to foster human dignity.


Manna Community Meal is committed to serving the Corktown community in Detroit by providing a free, hot meal five days a week to some 200 people who are not able to provide for themselves. Many of the guests are homeless and out of work. Many suffer from mental illness. Manna Community Meal encourages safety in the neighborhood by prohibiting drugs and violence in and around the soup kitchen.


Donations may be sent to:

Manna Community Meal
1050 Porter
Detroit, MI 48226


Marianne Arbogast: 313-843-3613
Tom Lumpkin: 313-265-7271


Monday 7:30 a.m–11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.


Corner Shower Laundry

Corner Shower Laundry's mission is to “give people a fresh start” by providing a warm, clean, safe place to wash/groom themselves and do laundry.


Corner Shower and Laundry will house four private shower stalls, three sink stations and a lavatory in the shower area. In the laundry area we will have four washers and dryers with spacious counters for folding. And, finally, there will be a reception area and another lavatory.

Download the February 2020 newsletter here. 

Here is a story about a manna meal homeless guest.

During St. Peter’s Sunday service a manna meal homeless guests, let’s call him John, had a seizure during service. Many manna meal guests come to send a service for fellowship, food after service and to use the bathroom for hygiene.  Sunday is the day the manna meal is not open. Thus approximately 15 people come every Sunday as part of the worship service but also have their Sunday meal in a potluck fashion sitting with the St. Peter’s congregants who they now consider friends.

During Sunday service John had a seizure. The service stopped and one of the parish congregants is a nurse. She helped John go on his side and get through the seizure. When he came out of the seizure he didn’t realize he had one and he asked when the potluck would be starting and thank people for helping him. He walked down between the pews and people noticed that he had urinated on himself during his to seizure. There were at this point there was no longer shower service available so a grown man has indignity to have the public know he peed in his pants.  

Suddenly he feel again hit his head on a pew and had a second seizure. The seizure was very strong lasted about 15 minutes and took a toll on John. He was very shaken, disorientated and sweating after this second seizure. He wanted to take off his boots for some reason. Upon taking off boots and socks you could see that he had only stubs as feet.  The nurse thought he had lost his toes because of diabetes common among homeless. However manna meal volunteer who also attend St. Peter’s said that he lost his toes due to frostbite during the winter prior.   Eventually he was able to join the fellowship for potluck and have his meal, with wet pants, smelly and dirty socks, and with the smell of a person who hasn’t taken a shower in months.    


About two weeks later, I asked where John was because he was not at Sunday service, another manna meal volunteer shared that John was in the hospital and they had his legs cut off. He had gangary spreading out through his legs since the scores of his toes were never really properly cared for, nor cleaned the infection spread up his legs.  If the corner shower laundry service was functioning at that time John’s legs would could have been saved. There would’ve been access to clean socks, soap and water for his wounds and people to surround him to get the care he needs.   John story propelled the corner shower laundry project to be founded to give up grown man pride and dignity and to reduce the health care costs on society.

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