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Detroit Regional Chamber, General Motors Announce NeighborHUB Grant Winners

• Five grants up to $30,000 awarded to Detroit neighborhood nonprofit organizations.
• Yearlong project work to begin this month.

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 16 2019 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors announced the second cohort of awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program. Five neighborhood nonprofit organizations will receive a grant and in-kind business support for innovative and collaborative solutions to problems their community faces. The NeighborHUB program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber and General Motors that is designed to empower residents in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to affect change in their neighborhoods through physical presence and innovative programming.

The grant awardees include:

  • Bridging Communities, Inc.
  • Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
  • Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • The Avalon Village
  • 360 Detroit, Inc.

“In its first year, the NeighborHUB program was an unqualified success, helping organizations engage Detroiters to drive change throughout the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “As we award the second cohort of nonprofits the opportunity to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods, we are proud and eager to see the continued momentum fostered by this program.”

The NeighborHUB program was announced last year at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference and the first cohort of t grant awardees are set to finish their projects this month. This year’s application period launched in July and was open through August. Through a collaborative process, an advisory selection committee composed of representatives from the Chamber, General Motors and a representative from local organizations including the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources, reviewed and voted on the proposals.

“We are confident that the committee has selected organizations that will use the grant to provide their neighborhood with viable and innovative resources,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officers for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that this program will continue to serve as a roadmap for creating change in other communities across Detroit and the region.”

More than 50 grant applications were submitted, and the selection process was very competitive. Project work will begin this month and continue until October 2020. Learn more about the projects at www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

NeighborHUB Grant Program Awardees:

  1. Bridging Communities, Inc.
    Project: Community Kitchen
    Scope: This project proposes the construction of a community kitchen in Southwest Detroit to expand opportunities for intergenerational exchange, commerce, learning, and healthy meals created in the community by the community.
    Grant Award: $30,000“Wow we are truly honored to receive this prestigious award. As a nonprofit, I understand the competition that our application was a part of. We look forward to the celebration and the announcement,” said Phyllis Edwards, the executive director of Bridging Communities, Inc.
  1. Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
    Project: Kids’ Grief Relief
    Scope: Providing a safe and supportive Hub where children of trauma can begin to heal properly through education, healthy expression of grief, social interaction, and physical activity.
    Grant Award: $30,000“We are overwhelmed with gratitude and cannot overstate how honored we are for being selected as a recipient of this year’s NeighborHUB Grant.  Your support will ignite an astounding level of success that we would not have been able to achieve without you!” said Tacara Woods, founder of Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss.
  1. Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
    Project: Reactivation of the Historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine
    Scope: We’re restoring the historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine Parlor, bringing home a family-owned business spanning three generations to its original location and activating a vacant storefront with culturally resonant programming.
    Grant Award: $30,000″Thank you so much! We are thrilled to be supported for our work in the North End. We cannot wait to showcase our project upon completion,” said Jerry Ann Hebron, executive director for the Northend Christian Community Development Corporation.
  2. The Avalon Village
    Project: The Homework House
    Scope: Homework House is a big red brick house where under-served Highland Park children come for a kaleidoscope of creative educational activities, meals, laundry and shower facilities – a beautiful, enriching space.
    Grant Award: $30,000″We are truly grateful to the Detroit Regional Chamber for this NeighborHUB grant. It will make a life-changing difference for the children of Highland Park and for all of us at Avalon Village,” said Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, founder and CEO of Avalon Village. “This funding will give us the final push we need to complete The Homework House, an after-school safe haven in our self-sustaining eco village. The house was slated to be demolished, but we have been lovingly restoring it for several years with a geothermal heating and cooling system, a solar roof and so much more. We can’t wait to open our doors to local students! Special thanks to the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency for their partnership and support.”
  1. 360 Detroit, Inc.
    Project: Community House
    Scope: Create a community art house and gathering space to host art classes, cooking classes, and reading and financial literacy training.
    Grant Award: $30,000“Positive action, not just talk is the key ingredient for a healthy community,” said George Adams, president and founder of 360 Detroit, Inc.

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About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.