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Longform Pastor Dillon Burns, Manchester United Methodist Church.

In rural Washtenaw County, faith leaders work with mental health providers to address COVID impacts

The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation sought new ways to address rising mental health issues in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge. One solution it identified was equipping faith leaders to help.

Partner Content Gail Taylor shares how to keep finances healthy, and safe, this year.

Putting financial health and wellness first in 2022: Q&A with Chase Bank's Gail Taylor

Because January is so often associated with healthy habits, it’s no wonder that it is also Financial Wellness Month. We sat down with Gail Taylor, local Community Manager from the Chase branch on Michigan Avenue, to discuss setting and protecting goals for a successful financial journey. 

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New “grab-and-go” spot for plant-based, organic meals celebrates grand opening in downtown Detroit

Residents and visitors of downtown Detroit have a new go-to option for fast and healthy, plant-based dining.

Development News Jefferson East, Inc. estimates that at least 160 homes are currently in need of furnace repairs, a result of last year’s historic rainfall.

New $250K grant to help East Jefferson residents repair/replace furnaces damaged by 2021 floods

Jefferson East, Inc. estimates that at least 160 homes are currently in need of furnace repairs, a result of last year’s historic rainfall.

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PNC Bank to finance $57.3M project at Marygrove Conservancy

PNC commitments continue a historical collaboration with The Kresge Foundation to benefit Marygrove Conservancy.

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What impact are minority developers having on Detroit's skyline?

These four Detroit developers are sharing their perspectives on minority development in the Motor City.

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Big Plans: Five Detroit developments to watch in 2022

From charming urban forests to abandoned landmarks restored to grandeur, here are some of the projects we’ll have our eyes on this year.

Feature Story Nicole McKinney

Friends of the Children-Detroit battles generational poverty with a 12+ year mentoring modelThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"With each of our children, we strive to meet three long-term goals: to ensure they graduate from high school, to keep them out of the juvenile justice system, and to help prevent them from becoming teen parents. Our mentors spend at least four one-on-one hours a week with their children, two hours in the classroom and two outside of it, exploring and sharing activities and experiences together."  

Feature Story A student participates in a Pick a better snack™ session presented by the Battle Creek Family YMCA.

Battle Creek Family YMCA changes palates one vegetable at a time

The Battle Creek Family YMCA has implemented a variety of initiatives to address lack of access to fresh food and vegetables in its community.

Longform Janet Martinez and Milagro Fernandez-Rivera. Photo by Nick Hagen.

How Detroit’s public schools are meeting these families’ needs'I take being a stakeholder very seriously. I have learned to advocate for my children.'

While a lack of financial resources impacts the Detroit school district’s ability to obtain quality textbooks and teachers, these parents are making it work.  

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How some Detroiters are building a better city by transforming vacant lots

"Transforming those four vacant lots started with a vision, and I believe that when you have a vision and put it out into the universe, you attract what you need and everything falls into place," Gray says. "But, it's not enough to have a vision. You need to put in hard work and you need money. And in this case our community needed money to make the garden a reality."

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Michigan Nonprofit Association launches Anti-racism Accountability and Action CohortThe Nonprofit Journal Project

“It's an opportunity for white leaders to better understand their whiteness, to deconstruct it and work for racial equity...people get to remain whole because that’s the goal, that people actually feel they have agency and power to change oppression and racism."  

Feature Story David Merritt at the Give Merit/FATE space.

A former UM basketball star is on a mission to help redevelop this West Side Detroit neighborhood

A faith-based effort is underway to revitalize a West Side Detroit community. And the ambitious undertaking is enlisting residents to help plan the development and give the neighborhood its own name.

Longform Edward "Eddie" Lewis. Photo by Nick Hagen.

Creating a path to middle-class wage jobs for DetroitersInnovative training programs, job placement, and broadening requirements

A recent report by Detroit Future City (DFC) has found that residents – and in particular African-Americans, who have an unemployment rate 1.5 times that of white people – do not have a clear path to accessing middle-class wage jobs in the city. Here's how that can change.

Feature Story A listing off Kercheval Ave, Detroit

Detroit’s hottest residential neighborhoods in 2022, according to realtors

From budget-friendly bungalows to sprawling historic colonials and luxury urban condos, those in the know say Detroit has something to offer almost every buyer on the market this year. Get their tips on what to look for. 


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Resilient Neighborhoods: This East Side nonprofit has embraced an innovative heart health program

This Detroit nonprofit is the first group in the state to pilot a new heart health self-monitoring program.

Feature Story Khalid el-Hakim

Mobile museum sees Black history on the move in Michigan

Detroit-born Khalid el-Hakim’s mobile museum has evolved into one of the biggest collections of African American history and artifacts in the country. Now the pioneer in Black Museum Studies is touring Michigan, from Bloomfield Hills to Beaver Island. 

Feature Story Euphemia Franklin

SEMII works to protect, educate and empower Native American communitiesThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"Everything we do is being done differently now and our staff are finding solutions," says Euphemia Franklin, executive director of South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc. "We have to change and be like the water. If rocks are thrown into the water, it knows how to flow around them and keep moving. That's what we have to do as human beings and as human services."

Longform Dr. Sheila Marcus.

Michigan docs tackle youth mental health crisis with on-demand psychiatric support from U-M program

Michigan Child Collaborative Care helps primary care providers address their young patients' mental health by offering same-day phone consultations with psychiatrists, among other services.

Feature Story Reporter Kyla L. Wright is looking forward to Detroit stepping further into the spotlight in 2022, particularly in the entertainment industry.

What our journalists predict for Detroit stories in 2022

From a Motown comeback, to ethical tech entrepreneurs, to green infrastructure and climate resiliency — our journalists will be keeping their fingers on the pulse of Detroit in 2022. Here's what they'll be watching.