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Feature Story Crystal Staffney of Joy Southfield CDC.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Crystal Staffney speaks on community health work on Detroit's West Side

Joy Southfield CDC is taking a multi-faceted approach to community health in Detroit's District 7.

Development News A rendering for New Milwaukee Plaza, currently under construction in New Center.

Construction underway for New Milwaukee Plaza, Henry Ford Health’s new pocket park in New Center

“We're trying to create more community through our spaces, whether that's in our facilities themselves or outside of them, and we just want to use whatever properties we have in support of that,” says Tom Habitz, urban planning specialist for Henry Ford Health.

Development News 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 Semi-Finalists.

Public voting opens for $100K small business contest in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park

"One of the reasons this contest has been so successful is because of the level of support the business owners receive from their neighbors and how community driven it is," says Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit.

Feature Story The first Immortals Invasion event was hosted in Ann Arbor in November 2021 and drew a crowd of 500+ attendees at the Nexus Bash alone.

'You can't be what you can't see': Detroit businesses to host free esports series

A multi-day activation from esports company Immortals, and Riot Games, will take place at several Detroit minority-owned businesses this week, with a focus on increasing access and career pathways for underserved communities. "You can't be what you can't see," says Durfee Innovation Society director Brandi Haggins.

Feature Story Krista McClure wants to bring metro Detroit parents together in her collaborative space on W. Nichols Road.

Child Care Shortage: Nationwide crisis hitting home across Southeast Michigan

“Right now, we’re in dire straits," says the executive director of Child Care Network in Ann Arbor. She isn't alone. As the nationwide child care crisis rolls on, here’s what Michigan child care providers are experiencing regionally in Port Huron, Detroit, and Ann Arbor.

Longform R2AAA elder-abuse victims specialist program manager Angela Shepherd, R2AAA assistant director Kara Lorenz-Goings, and R2AAA executive director Julie Wetherby.

Neglect far outpaces other forms of elder abuse in Michigan – and here's what can be done about it

Although the idea of elder abuse often calls to mind physical violence or financial exploitation, the more common reality is an unintentional result of ignorance, burnout, or lack of resources.

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Keeping Kercheval: How these groups and residents are focusing on community as the corridor developsStreet View: Detroit Corridors

It’s grassroots, community organizing — and good neighbors — that’s helping to keep Kercheval honest as it develops.

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Adaptive reuse project on Grand River Avenue takes home architecture and design award

“Repurposing nondescript, big-box space (in this case, a grocery store) is a challenge and opportunity applicable in many communities,” the AIA Jury says in a statement.

Feature Story Participants of the men's ensemble rehearse.

Shakespeare in Prison program offers far more than an escape

"Honestly, at first, a guy like me would get teased doing something like that," Gabriel Odlum, a returning citizen, says of performing in a Shakespeare in Prison program. "But it was empowering to know, regardless of where you're at, that type of stuff is valued. Through it, we found out who we were, and what our strengths were."  

Feature Story Qunicy Jones is ONA's executive director.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Quincy Jones speaks up about bridging the digital divide in Osborn

This Osborn nonprofit is offering training and resources to help increase digital access. It's also pushing for improved infrastructure.

Feature Story Phyllis Edwards and Dan Commer at the new pocket park.

Resilient Neighborhoods: This SW Detroit neighborhood will soon have a new pocket park and greenway

These once-neglected Detroit parks are getting a new lease on life — and some neighboring amenities — through a collaboration between local nonprofits and community members.

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How community banking can lead to community building

As Juneteenth approaches, JPMorgan Chase shares what the bank is doing to help to drive sustainable changes through its five-year $30 billion racial equity commitment.

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How can Michigan maintain care for 500k residents who gained Medicaid health insurance during COVID?

Over half a million Michiganders stand to lose their coverage again whenever the federal government revokes the public health emergency declared in January 2020.

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Concerts and small business markets highlight summer programming plans for downtown Detroit parks

“Downtown Detroit is celebrated locally and nationally for having so many wonderful and active parks and venues,” says David Cowan, chief public spaces officer for the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Development News “The Comcast RISE Investment Fund supported my business at a very critical time,” says Nina Hodge, owner of Above and Beyond Learning Childcare Center in Detroit.

New $10K grant available for women and BIPOC business owners in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park

The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will award $10,000 to 100 local small businesses for a total of $1 million awarded.

Partner Content State Representative Joe Tate spoke to a local news crew on the importance of improving Detroit’s flooding infrastructure after the event.

Fighting Flooding: Detroit community leaders and academic experts meet to tackle future issues

A collaborative study found that over 40% of Detroit households surveyed between 2012 and 2020 reported household flooding. A recent event at Wayne State University brought together researchers, policymakers, and other community leaders to discuss Detroit’s recent flooding and infrastructure issues.  

Feature Story Brightmoor residents look over cartons of locally grown flowers.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Rev. Larry Simmons talks gardening and community-building in Brightmoor

The director of the Brightmoor Alliance talks about how youthful enthusiasm created a valuable source of fresh fruits and vegetables for local residents.

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Lessons learned while covering Southeast Michigan's nonprofitsThe Nonprofit Journal Project

Looking back over the stories the series has captured during the past year, here are three valuable takeaways about how nonprofits are serving their communities, moving forward.

Longform Dr. Sabrina Ford, an associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Medicine Institute for Health Policy, is leading a project to analyze and address the causes of disparity in ER follow-up care for Black patients.

Black ER patients are less likely to receive follow-up care, and this project is examining why

A new Michigan project is engaging community-based organizations to gather information on, and develop solutions to, disparities in ER follow-up care.

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Central Detroit Christian strengthens its equitable housing efforts for low-income residentsThe Nonprofit Journal Project

In our community, 61% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty," says Lisa Johanon, executive director of Central Detroit Christian. "We do affordable housing so kids have a safe, stable place to live, and so they're not uprooted from their home five times during the school year. We're raising up a community of kids whose outcomes aren't dictated by their zip code."