(WXYZ) – During the 10th annual Walk for Justice, people racked up their step counts at the Detroit Zoo and even made offers to help raise money for the William Legal Aid Clinic. Salvation Army Booth.
“I’m thrilled that the proceeds are going to a really good cause,” said Caitlyn, a participant.
The proceeds are used to help low-income families, individuals, and U.S. military veterans seeking legal help.
From free in-house legal services to referrals, clinic director Amy Roemer says clients are never turned away.
“The Legal Aid Clinic helps with family law issues. We hope to help people who are homeless, victims of domestic violence and financial abuse,” said Amy Roemer, director of the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic.
And Maylasia Black, 31, knows firsthand how much the clinic has impacted her life.
“It was really important that services like theirs were there for people who are struggling like custody and family,” said Mayalsia Black, a client at the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic.
Malaysia’s world came crashing down in 2019 when her two daughters, Nadia and Mikalya, were abducted by her ex-husband.
“Nobody knew where he was,” Mayalsia said.
As Malaysia searched for her children for over 7 months, her health took a hit.
“I was so skinny and sick, and my hair was falling out,” Mayalsia said.
Once the children were found in another state, the next challenge for Maylasia was to get them back. It meant legal help, money she didn’t have.
“I’m talking about $5,500, $3,500 just someone to review my case, fees, $10,000 to get a good lawyer, I was so discouraged,” she said.
That’s when Amy stepped in, reunited Maylasia with her children while charging zero dollars for legal fees.
“When I arrived…they were so ecstatic, they were screaming, ‘It’s my mum, mum come get me,'” she said.
Last year the clinic resolved nearly 1,800 legal issues, and this year they hope to help even more as they aim to raise $100,000.
“As a lawyer, you can’t do that, and so working for legal aid and doing that is really rewarding,” Amy said.
The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic plays a pivotal role in Metro Detroit helping impoverished families and veterans free of charge through generous donations. To contribute to this great cause, go to https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi/wblac/