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three lessons from our time in the neighborhood

It was during a homily at St. Suzanne-Our Lady Gate of Heaven church when Father Victor Clore implored his parishioners to, “be a light unto the world,” that it hit me. There is something special about Cody Rouge that comes from a place of spiritual depth. “That’s an awesome responsibility,” Father Clore said, “But, that’s who we are.”  It is ...

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How can we address Michigan students’ desperate need for behavioral health services?

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. It’s well known that anxiety and depression can be crippling for people of any age. But for school-aged kids, ...

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Hundreds of volunteers gather to build brand new playground in northwest Detroit

An international financial services corporation, a national non-profit, a local community organization, and hundreds of volunteers have banded together to build a brand new playground in Detroit. Tucked in the northwest corner of the city, Freedom Path Park was built in the neighborhood near the intersection of Seven Mile and Telegraph roads. Local neighborhood group Grand Seven Detroit applied for and ...

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Detroit Radical Childcare Collective: Not your typical babysitters

Finding quality childcare and preschool can be a discouraging process for families in Detroit. This article is the first in a series that will dig into alternative childcare options for working families.   Adela Nieves Martinez, mother of a busy toddler, has an open mind about parenting. “I want my child to be able to be who she is, and explore ...

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How the city can capitalize on new development to secure stable, well-paying jobs

On July 23 this year, hundreds of people marched downtown to demand higher wages for Detroit area janitors. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 in Detroit — whose members clean downtown office buildings, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and other places used by thousands every day — was in negotiations with several large employers. Its 1,700 members had just voted ...

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Why the process of developing a plan differs in each neighborhood

For the next few months, Model D will sit down with Maurice Cox, the city of Detroit’s Planning Director, to talk about the work of his department. Read the first article from our talks here.  Maurice Cox, director of the Planning Department for the city of Detroit, has set an ambitious agenda for his department. It’s currently developing or will soon ...

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