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Detroit Phoenix Center – July 2019 Update

The development of the Detroit Phoenix Center’s (DPC) Asset Based Resource Center – Zen Zone is well underway. The first six months were dedicated to rapid prototyping, research, planning, and establishing a system for a successful space creation. Once the system was created, we were able to move fluidly.

As we were working on giving the space a facelift, we hosted one pop-up event in the space, entitled “It’s LIT:  Resource Kickback.” 100 young adults showed up to receive haircuts, hygiene kits, clothing, make-up tutorials, book bags, and more resources. The event was received extremely well by local youth and our partners. We hope to host the event.

We recently moved beyond the planning and prototyping phase to the space development phase.  The volunteer application we put out sparked a lot of interest. As a result, partnerships were established with Google and Comcast Cares. We were grateful to welcome and engage more than 100 volunteers from all walks of life who assisted with our space development. The volunteers painted, sorted clothes, cleaned, laid carpet tile, assisted in our food pantry, and met all of our needs. It was so refreshing to see so many individuals eager to serve!

We are super excited about the next steps, including open drop-in hours, where teens in need will be able to come into our new space and access critical and much-needed resources. We are most excited about our life skills and educational programming curriculum that includes financial literacy, tutoring ACT/SAT prep, basic computer classes, cooking classes, gaming, Zumba, and more. With more community partners on board, we look forward to higher engagement from the community and youth.

If someone wants to volunteer with DPC, they can visit our website at www.detroitphoenixcenter.org/volunteer.html. Volunteers, youth, and community partners are the lifeline of this development. We are grateful to continue as a collective to drive this work into fruition.