Early disbursement of food assistance announced

Early disbursement of food assistance announced

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) just announced that it will issue March and April food assistance benefits early to reduce the gap between benefits payments that resulted from the partial federal government shutdown. “Food assistance recipients can expect to receive next month’s benefits on March 3, 4 or 5,” according to […]

Women in Communications, National Automotive History Collection promote library literacy

Women in Communications, National Automotive History Collection promote library literacy

The need to read is still one of the most important skills literacy advocates hope to cultivate in Detroit’s youth. Research shows challenges in literacy have been directly linked to greater risks of unemployment, imprisonment and other challenges. To support a mission of boosting local literacy rates, the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter and […]

Seven properties deeded from Michigan Land Bank will help Mama Shu revitalize Highland Park neighborhood

Seven properties deeded from Michigan Land Bank will help Mama Shu revitalize Highland Park neighborhood

Ten years ago Shamayim (Mama Shu) Harris lost her two-year-old son, Jakobi, when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Rhode Island Ave. in Highland Park. She decided the best way to create a memorial to Jakobi was to help turn some of that city’s most blighted blocks into an eco-village. She started out […]

$500,000 grant from FCA Foundation gives kids in southeast Michigan more access to nutritious food this summer

$500,000 grant from FCA Foundation gives kids in southeast Michigan more access to nutritious food this summer

Too often kids in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties don’t get enough to eat in the summer. Thanks to a $500,000 grant from the FCA Foundation (Fiat-Chrysler) more of those children will have access to United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Meet Up and Eat Up and School Breakfast Programs. While nearly 300,000 children in those […]

Southwest Detroiters have high hopes for vacant site’s future

Southwest Detroiters have high hopes for vacant site’s future

It sits empty, but not forgotten. Neighborhood locals and business leaders have big dreams for “Vernor Crossing,” the former southwest Detroit Department of Public Works yard at 6370 Vernor Highway near Livernois Avenue. Led by the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), research projects a multi-million-dollar makeover of the seven-acre site could transform it from eyesore […]

A day in the life of a Detroit pediatrician

A day in the life of a Detroit pediatrician

by Kresge Foundation Staff Detroit pediatrician, Dr. Nakia Williams, discusses the importance of treating the whole child and not just the illness. Internalized stress can exacerbate certain health conditions, like asthma (a prevalent condition in Detroit), and lead to behavioral issues. One problem can quickly become many. Williams shares those observations as a member of […]

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