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Longform Dee Meux, a certified nursing assistant at Samaritas, wears Glass smart glasses.

Smart glasses help family caregivers connect to professional help for loved ones aging at home

Caring for an older relative despite having no formal caregiving training can be stressful, but a new pilot project in the Grand Rapids area is using smart glasses to help.

Feature Story Maria Salinas with CoC staff.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Maria Salinas shares her perspectives on community organizing in SW Detroit

Maria Salinas of Congress of Communities offers insights on mentoring future leaders and serving residents through neighborhood organizing.

Feature Story Bishop Daryl Harris walks through Osborn.

Resilient Neighborhoods: East Side nonprofit's big plans include community hub and housing project

This East Side neighborhood could soon be home to a new facility that combines elements of a community center and business tech hub.

Feature Story Chef Omar Anani at Saffron De Twah.

Make food, not waste: 30 Metro Detroit food businesses to lead the US in sustainability pledge

In the food business, less is more. These 16 Metro Detroit food businesses have already started leading the country in a sustainability movement boasting economic, environmental, and community benefits. They're looking for more to join them.

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Blue Water Clubhouse works to change the employment reality for people struggling with mental healthThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"Our main goal as an organization is to get our members employed," says Sean Kivel, director of Port Huron's Blue Water Clubhouse. "This is a right everyone should be afforded, yet 90% of people with serious mental illness are under-employed or unemployed. Our organization will continue to offer the services needed to change that reality."

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Pontiac nonprofits find strength through collaboration to boost youth literacy and empower parentsThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"In our community, we have a lot of great programs," says Eisha Branner, founder and CEO of E-Community Outreach Services in Pontiac. "We have a lot of great resources. But we also have a disconnect, especially in the last few years with COVID-19," she says. "There was nowhere near enough support for our families."

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JARC gets nimble in the pandemic to keep its vulnerable people safe and connected to communityThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"During this crisis, I think, finally, there was a real recognition of how critical direct care workers are, especially if you look at the residential providers," says Shaindle Braunstein, CEO of JARC, a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities across Oakland County. "We were the only people standing between many people and homelessness."

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Dining Destination: Michigan's first cannabis lounge part of a bigger movement in Hazel Park's scene

Nowfal Akash is proud of what he and his team have done with the John R. Road location for the new Hot Box Social cannabis lounge in Hazel Park: "It's part of the community now, it feels like it's been there forever." Biba Adams dives into the foodie scene there, from Frame movie pairings to city policy changes, to find out how it's evolving.

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Metromode and Model D recognized for excellence in journalism in Detroit awards

Our team received multiple awards this week in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Detroit’s 2022 Excellence in Journalism awards, with 13 journalists and photographers making the finalist list for their work in the past year. Journalist Mike Galbraith won for his innovative Instagram strategy in a series, while Nick Hagen and David Lewinski took out first place for their portrait and feature photography.

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Harnessing creativity and taking risks, the AANM uplifts the Arab American story for allThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"There’s so much competing for people's attention so we strive to prove that a museum like ours needs to exist. It’s sometimes an uphill battle," says AANM director Diana Abouali. "That's my job, to continue to gain people's support as we tell this multi-layered story of the Arab American experience and the history of our community."

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