Cynthia Lietz, director of the nonprofit Another Day Resource Center in Farmington Hills, stands with prom dresses that girls can borrow through one of her programs.

Cynthia Lietz, director of the nonprofit Another Day Resource Center in Farmington Hills, stands with prom dresses that girls can borrow through one of her programs.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Another Day celebrates 10 years at new location

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published May 15, 2018

  Cynthia Lietz puts together hygiene kits from donations and gives them to homeless people in a backpack with other essential items.

Cynthia Lietz puts together hygiene kits from donations and gives them to homeless people in a backpack with other essential items.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s kind of hard not to smile when speaking to Cynthia Lietz.

The gregarious director of the nonprofit Another Day Resource Center in Farmington Hills is all about being the “hands and feet of Jesus” by helping where she is led and needed.

“There is so much that is needed, so many hurting in different aspects,” Lietz said.

ADRC is celebrating 10 years after moving in January from its former space about six minutes away in Farmington. “We needed to make some decisions regarding our facility,” Lietz said, adding that Todd Lipa, youth and family services director for Farmington Hills, suggested that she move into the former church housed on 10.5 acres. “Todd was like, ‘Why don’t you come on over here?’ And we’re like, ‘I think that is going to be a good idea.’”

The church closed in 2014, and the building is home to several groups, including Community Action Resources Empowerment Services (CARES) of Farmington Hills, Rebuilding Together Oakland County and more, with others on the way. The building, still under renovation, features a dedicated space in the former sanctuary for about 200 guests, several offices off to the side of the former sanctuary, a clothing store, a food pantry, a children’s area and more.

“I love the concept of having a village and just a one stop and helping whatever those needs are,” she said of the other nonprofits.

At Another Day Resource Center in the old St. Alexander’s parish at 27835 Shiawassee Road in Farmington Hills, Lietz talked about her passion for helping people. 

Lipa said at the facility May 10 that the goal is to bring out many different organizations to assist people when they need it most.

“In that assistance, Another Day Ministries is another example,” he said. “They are coming in here … ministering to folks. … We are hoping there are a lot of ministries that want to be a part of this. We are a faith-based organization. We are a program that wants to open its doors to everyone.”

Lipa added that CARES purchased the property for $500,000 in 2017.

Lietz has counseled countless women from a Christian perspective. She assists them with programs and outreach on purity, abstinence, truth and health, as well as a program that assists mothers and fathers with material goods like diapers and clothing. 

The nonprofit organization, which began in 2008, also helps the community in another way, with Prom Dress with a Purpose, a program that lends gently used prom dresses to young women in need. The prom dress program is aimed to help offset the costs of prom. 

Another Day is accepting new and gently worn prom and formal dresses of any size. 

Lietz also runs a crisis pregnancy center.    The Farmington Hills wife and mother to two adult children said she counsels mothers and goes out into Detroit to help homeless veterans and others. 

Lietz added that although she is her own entity, she still can direct people to other groups inside the sprawling building.

“If somebody gives me clothes, I’m going to take them to the Clothing Closet,” she said.

The 10th anniversary will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 19 at the center.

“We’re super excited to celebrate 10 years of ministry — it’s crazy looking back that it’s been 10 years,” she said. “I started out of my home. … We have a lot to celebrate.”

Farmington Hills resident Ryan Heatherly, a board member for the past six months, said in an email that he discovered Another Day Resource Center while looking for a way to serve his community.

“After volunteering in a small project of gathering donations for a local youth home, I was immediately attached to ADRC and the vision of this ministry,” he said. “When someone shares their vision with you and that vision becomes your own, you can’t help but to become part of it.”

Heatherly said that he has grown attached to the work done at the center.

“I was eager to accept a position to serve as a member of the board,” he said. “I believe that we should all strive to leave the world a bit of a better place than how we found it, and Another Day Resource Center has afforded me the opportunity to do so.”

Proposed programs on tap at the building include a daycare/early childhood center, new offices for Farmington Suicide Awareness for Everyone, a health and fitness center, a community living center and more.

For more information on the prom dresses and other programs, go to www.anotherdayresource.org.