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Feature Story Desirae Simmons

ICPJ works in collaboration to bring community voices to decision-making tablesThe Nonprofit Journal Project

As organizations, we cannot do all of the things, even if we feel compelled to," says Desirae Simmons, co-director of the Interfaith Council on Peace and Justice. "And we don't want these areas of work to be moving without one another because that diminishes power and impact, and can make it feel like we have different goals, which is not true. So how do we stack solutions to the issues we’re trying to solve so that we can have a wider coalition and move multiple things at one time?"  

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20 by ‘25: Take a tour of the rapidly expanding network of pocket parks of NW GoldbergModel D Explorer Series

“In a lot of ways, we see public spaces being only as good as the programming that exists within them,” says Daniel A. Washington, founder and executive director of NW Goldberg Cares. “So for us, it was very important to go into every public space with the intention to actually develop, launch, and offer programs that brought value to the community.”

Development News “White on White: Stone Mountain” by Detroit artist Tylonn Sawyer. Photo: DIA

Detroiter’s work is the latest to be added to the DIA’s permanent collection

“Historically, Detroit has always been a global pipeline for Black artistic talent and progressive voices,” says Nathaniel Wallace, president of the Founders Junior Council. “Creating a fund that will live within the DIA's permanent collection, exposing generations of museum-goers to the richness and brilliant work of our Black Detroit artists, was paramount to the board and important for the culture.”

Development News Biketober is an online contest that encourages people to get out and bike.

Biketober online challenge aims to get more people riding bicycles in Detroit

Interested in getting outside, enjoying Detroit's bike infrastructure and possibly winning some prizes? Then this online contest is just what you're looking for.

Partner Content David Sampson, CEO of Mariners Inn, stands in front of a building that is part of a redevelopment project that will enable his organization to provide seamless transitions to affordable housing for the clients served.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis helping affordable housing in Detroit become a realityOpportunities to build generational wealth

In 2020, four affordable housing developments landed a total of $1.8 million in grants through the Affordable Housing Program, which will result in 318 units throughout the city. Previously, an AHP grant hadn’t been secured in Detroit since 2014: “This comeback and revitalization is for everybody.”

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The Heidelberg Project: 35 years later and still evolving

Ever heard of Heidelbergology? In an interview with The Heidelberg Project creator Tyree Guyton and president Jenenne Whitfield, Biba Adams explores the legacy of the initiative, its current and future endeavors, and why art is essential to the future of prosperity in Detroit: “It has really been the catalyst that has jumped started the arts renaissance in Detroit.”

Feature Story Lisa Grodsky

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program works to stay connected with vulnerable familiesThe Nonprofit Journal Project

Many of our grandparents express how this program's given them a much needed sense of community, says Lisa Grodsky, program operations manager at Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, and helped them to feel supported and happy knowing they aren't alone.

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New clinic helps Michiganders overcome traumas of intensive care

Henry Ford Health System's Post ICU Brain Health Clinic provides specialized care for adults 55 and older who have survived intensive care.

Feature Story Jasun Ward

Afghanistan: Three Metro Detroit veterans share their perspectives

"Check in with your buddies. Make sure they're doing okay."  "My ask would be: Patience and grace for the veteran in your space." These are some of the requests from Metro Detroit veterans as they reflect on the Afghanistan war. Three courageous vets open up about the impact on them and what they need from their communities right now. 

Feature Story Cindy Eggleton

Relationship-centered Brilliant Detroit asks, How can we do better?The Nonprofit Journal Project

"Our country’s educational system was inequitable before, and it still is," says Cindy Eggleton of Brilliant Detroit. "COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to rethink systems, and I’m wondering if we are rethinking enough? As not-for-profits, organizations and people, I take seriously our responsibility to turn this not-so-great thing into an opportunity to look deeply at how systems work in order to better serve kids and families."

Feature Story From left to right: APIA president Willie Dechavez, Commissioner Anthony Eid, Commissioner Richard Weiss, Commissioner M.C. Rothhorn, Commissioner Rebecca Szetela, APIA executive director Rebeka Islam, APIA VP Leinda Schleicher

How underrepresented communities have a chance to overcome gerrymandering

“We are concerned with populations that have been historically underrepresented and have, traditionally, not been brought into these kinds of processes,” says Joan Gustafson, external affairs officer for MNA. Read about how the MNA is changing the ways in which we draw our political maps, one community of interest at a time.

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Power of the Press Fest, a celebration of traditional printmaking, returns to Eastern Market

“This festival is special to Detroit but there’s a real resurgence in letterpress, and especially among young people working in graphic design who are getting tired of staring at computer screens,” says Lynne Avadenka. “There are similar fests across the U.S. but we wanted to bring something special like this to Detroit.”

Feature Story Black Mafia Family

REVIEW: 'Black Mafia Family' brings out generational complexities of the American dream

With Starz already announcing the renewal of Detroit-based “Black Mafia Family” for a second season, reviewer Kahn Davison recommends you "stock up on Better Mades and Faygos", this is going to be a long ride. 

Feature Story DED supporters rally against evictions.

As eviction crisis looms, this Detroit group is clamoring for tenants to organize

As pandemic-related protections against rental evictions fade, many Detroit tenants are finding themselves in a tough spot. This grassroots group is calling on them to come together to create change.

Feature Story Nailah Ellis-Brown is committed to investing where she grew up.

Detroit entrepreneur makes history with one of the largest Black-owned beverage companies in the US

Despite celebrity endorsements from Beyoncé and Kevin Hart, the founder of Ellis Island Tea is determined not to forget her hometown. “I got my resilience straight from the city of Detroit,” Nailah Ellis-Brown says. “There are no handouts. There aren't many resources, and you really have to figure things out on your own."

Feature Story LayLa and Orlando Sherman pictured outside their home in Detroit.

Teen voices: How are our adolescents dealing with loss?

As many as 1.5 million children lost a parent, guardian or another family member during the first 14 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For Detroit Writing Room and Coaching Detroit Forward journalism student LayLa Sherman, the trauma has been heavy. She shares her story, and the stories of her peers.

Longform These medically tailored meals are made available to patients with diabetes at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

Michigan hospitals offer meals tailored to patients' medical needs

Diet can be deadly, especially for people with chronic health conditions. That's why some Michigan health care systems have begun providing free meals tailored to improve those patients' health.

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Five 420-friendly destinations with Detroit cannabis chef Enid ParhamModel D Explorer Series

From yoga studios to selfie studios, cannabis-centric destinations can be found from the city to the country and back again.

Feature Story Chevelle Brown

Innovative chess program teaches Detroit students critical thinking

Chevelle Brown wants to share her love of chess with others, and not just because it's fun. "I recognized the benefits of chess for myself and wanted it for my son, and later his friends,” she says. Now, the Detroit entrepreneur runs I Teach Chess, and is helping students develop critical thinking skills through the strategic game.

Feature Story Detroit Youth Choir

The Detroit Youth Choir is raising funds as well as voices, and youth programming

The Detroit Youth Choir will soon start filming a behind-the-scenes reality series, “Choir”, with Blumhouse, Imagine, and Disney+ that will chronicle their journey. It's just one of the ways the group, which includes over 150 young members, hopes to raise awareness, and funds, for what they do.

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