Feature Story Junk Food and Friends, KaToya Scott , Detroit

Community leans in to help Detroit ice cream entrepreneur through COVID-19

Detroit entrepreneur KaToya Scott has witnessed the joy her truck's ice cream can bring people, but she never expected her community to respond with an outpouring of support to help her business survive COVID-19 setbacks. "You don’t think people care and here are people saying ‘hey we see you.’ "

Feature Story Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez

Immigrant entrepreneur uses culinary connection to feed a vision for Detroit

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez has come a long way from selling cheesecakes door-to-door in Southwest Detroit as a kid. Now the co-founder of Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week owns his own marketing agency and works toward bringing equity to minority- and immigrant-owned businesses: "I want to continue a legacy that doesn’t start or end with me.”

Feature Story Will Jones III

Who do you want to be?Nonprofit Journal Project

Say who you are.

Do who you want to be.


Those two lines have become my central mantra in 2020.

Feature Story Carina Jackson

Mariners Inn finds ways to put clients’ concerns at ease amid the pandemicNonprofit Journal Project

At Mariners Inn, we welcome men who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. We can’t perform most of our services remotely, so we have needed to adapt to ensure our men’s safety.

Feature Story Spirit of Detroit

These 6 Detroiters will share stories about their neighborhoods as Model D community correspondents

A new Model D project is aimed at helping citizen journalists cover news of what's happening in the communities where they live.

Feature Story Recycle Here

How Dreamtroit could be a case study for places stemming loss of culture, affordability

Matt Naimi and Oren Goldenberg, the owners of the Recycle Here! and Lincoln Street Art Park complex, aim to combat displacement of artists and to preserve culture in the neighborhood where Naimi’s fostered a creative and green-minded community around a factory ruin and a garbage dump (as he fondly puts it) since 2005.


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This neighborhood is hopping: How a collective of Woodbridge residents created a ‘co-hop'

In its inaugural year, 20 people (all new to hop growing) participated in the Woodbridge Co-Hop and 45-plus pounds of hops were harvested over two harvest days to create a unique neighborhood brew called Woodbridge Wet Hop Pale Ale brewed by Brew Detroit. The beer will be sold at Brew Detroit’s Corktown location and the Woodbridge Pub.

Development News The Brush Watson development’s now 310 units will contain 163 affordable housing units.

Developments in Brush Park, Corktown, and more to receive affordable housing tax credits

Five residential projects, three new developments and two redevelopments, will either create or preserve a total of 282 units of affordable housing throughout different areas of the city.  

Longform A salad bar in the cafeteria at 10 Cents a Meal grantee Boyne Falls Public School.

Michigan offers "10 Cents a Meal" for all schools to serve healthy, local food

The state recently reinstated and expanded the program, which aims to improve children's daily nutrition, build their healthy eating habits, and invest in Michigan's local food economy.

Partner Content Pamela Martin-Turner, president and CEO of Vanguard

Detroit nonprofits collaborate to launch equitable economic development program

Twelve years ago, a health scare prompted Harriet "Chef Bee" Brown to start "waging war with a fork" and launch a healthy catering company. She is just one of the entrepreneurs Detroit's nonprofit groups are working with to generate equitable opportunities through economic and workforce development in the city.

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New book maps out the stories of 100 Detroit change agents, leaders, and entrepreneurs

Combining portraits, sounds, and ancestral DNA, "i.Detroit: A Human Atlas of an American City" features well-known Detroiters from Marsha Music to Rashida Tlaib, but also the “unsung heroes” and younger leaders pushing for change in their communities.

Feature Story Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is one of nine community members on a city of Flint task force to help give input from the community to law enforcement.

How Michigan moved the needle on racial disparities in COVID-19

African Americans are now underrepresented in both COVID-19 cases and deaths. Still comprising just over 14% of the Michigan population, the two-week moving average for African American COVID cases was an estimated 9% in the first weeks of September, and the death rate has fallen to 12%.

Feature Story Mose Primus, Yorkshire Woods

Community garden helps dreams grow in Detroit's east side, despite COVID-19

It's taken many hands to grow the community garden space in Yorkshire Woods, but the team behind the outdoors space know how important it is, especially during COVID-19, and show no signs of slowing: “In the last five years what we have done is given the community a place to be peaceful."

Feature Story The Love Building at 4741 Grand River Ave. in Core City

Allied Media Projects begins development of Love Building in Core City

Construction began in earnest this September, beginning work to redevelop the 100-year-old building at 4731 Grand River Ave. from a hive of artist studios into the headquarters for Allied Media Projects, Detroit Justice Center, Detroit Disability Power, Detroit Narrative Agency, Detroit Community Technology Project, and Paradise Natural Foods. 

Partner Content Women at a WOW class offered by LAHC.

Nonprofit LAHC breaks barriers to physical activity for Dearborn residents

The nonprofit Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities has spent decades providing a variety of services for Dearborn residents, most recently using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education funding to make physical activity more accessible to all.

Longform Lauren Kazee, an independent consultant, wrote the Michigan Department of Education's Social and Emotional Learning Competencies.

Michigan schools once lagged in behavioral health care. Here's how they made it a priority.

Thanks to new findings, new funding, and a new focus on mental health, Michigan’s schools are expanding behavioral health services.

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Michigan's 'Black Eden': A short history of Idlewild

Idlewild was once known as "the Summer Apollo of Michigan." By the 1950s, the community was so packed that it would draw 25,000 visitors on a given weekend. But then the Black Eden entered an era of decline.

Longform Jametta Lilly.

State task force leads the way on reducing Michigan's COVID-19 racial disparities

Black residents have borne a disproportionate share of Michigan's COVID-19 cases and deaths, but in recent weeks those disheartening numbers have begun to turn around.

Development News Dr. Kimberly Farrow, interim president for Central City Integrated Health

Two Detroit nonprofits partner to strengthen services for city's homeless and at-risk populations

Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) and COTS have announced an expanded partnership that further integrates the two organizations and their missions, providing a stronger network of support for Detroit’s homeless, at-risk, and underserved populations.

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Michigan-based ride-hailing app launches in Southeast Michigan

Although Uber and Lyft are now ubiquitous, the app-based vehicle-for-hire services were once brand-new companies, vying for the attention of would-be customers. Now a Dearborn-based startup is ready to start competing with the major players of the rideshare market.

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