2018-2019 Recipients

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Get To Know The 2018 NeighborHUB Grant Recipients

Carrie Morris Arts Production

Project: The CMAP Ampitheater and 2019 Outdoor Summer Series

Scope: This project will create an amphitheater and provide free, multilingual family-friendly performance programming across 12 formerly vacant lots serving the West Campau and Banglatown neighborhood.

Carrie-Morris“We are thrilled to receive support from the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors via the NeighborHUB grant program. This support for our physical infrastructure expands our reach, allowing us to provide free, multi-lingual, family friendly performance programming to twice the number of our current audience members in 2019.”


– Carrie Morris, Founder and Director, Carrie Morris Arts Production

Detroit College Access Network/Detroit Parent Network

Project: The Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center (P-HECC)

Scope: This partnership will support the Pathways to Higher Education and Careers Center and help connect both parents and students to higher education, workforce development, skilled trades, on- the-job training, and other opportunities that lead to a postsecondary degree and increased income. Learn more.

Jametta Lilly“We are thrilled to expand our approach of empowering parents as champions for their children to address the gap in neighborhood educational and career attainment. At DPN we engage, equip and empower parents to become leaders in schools and the community. With this startup grant and our partnership with DCAN, we can now train parents as Cradle to Career Ambassadors to help more youth to navigate colleges, trade and workforce programs. Our Family College Drop In Center designed by and for parents along with College Cafes in the neighborhoods will help build more Pathways to Opportunity so that ALL of the families in Detroit can Thrive!”


– Jametta Lilly, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Parent Network

Detroit Phoenix Center

Project: Asset Based Resource Center (ABRC)-Zen Zone

Scope: This program will support the Asset Based Resource Center’s Zen Zone to provide support services and a safe, inclusive and youth-centric environment for disconnected, homeless and runaway youth in Detroit. Learn about the Detroit Phoenix Center.

Courtney Smith“The impact that this project has on our community is unmatched. The development of the Asset Based Resource Center – Zen Zone helps ensure that the most vulnerable youth in our community have a safe, affirming and inclusive environment to access critical resources and support. Thus, aiding in the likelihood that they will thrive in school, on the job and in life. When our youth thrive, our communities thrive.”


– Courtney Smith, Executive Director, Detroit Phoenix Center

Detroit Theater Organ Society

Project: Welcome to The Senate: Catalyzing Community Cinema

Scope: This grant will foster neighborhood engagement and expanded community use of the Senate Theater by transforming its vacant adjacent lot to a new useable community space and replace the theater’s missing marquee. Learn more.

Lindsay Robillard“Welcome to The Senate is a project that is going to help the Detroit Theater Organ Society share the magic of the movies and the Mighty Wurlizter with all of our neighbors, while beautifying our block. We are so thankful the NeighborHUB program is powering this initiative!”


– Lindsay Robillard, Playing Member, Detroit Theater Organ Society

Eden Gardens Block Club

Project: Bringing Generations Together Through Clean and Safe Play

Scope: This program will create a multi-generational, community-built playground that will serve as a hub for building positive relationships between community children and seniors, as well as promote fitness activity for all ages.

Karen Knox“Our multi-generational playground project will impact the community by serving as a central hub for social interaction between neighborhood youth and seniors. It will transform two vacant lots into a family-oriented space filled with laughter and promoting physical fitness. It will be a space where children can learn about leadership, cooperation and play. And, it will provide an opportunity for seniors who may be house-bound to get fresh air and exercise. Our community will be impacted greatly by this project and we are extremely grateful to the Detroit Regional Chamber for the opportunity to make it a reality.”


– Karen Knox, Executive Director, Eden Gardens Block Club

Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association

Project: Fit & Funky: Culture and Wellness Programming in Clark Park

Scope: Named “Fit & Funky”, this program will build on existing park assets to create community space for residents young and old by bringing fitness and music to the North end of Clark Park in southwest Detroit. Read about Hubbard Farms.

Deborah Sumner“Our collaborative neighborhood project between Hubbard Farms and Clark Park is all about bringing our neighborhood residents and families together within Clark Park by creating opportunities to enjoy time together. Whether it is gathering to hear music in our park during a regularly scheduled weekly summertime evening or being able to grab a neighbor to go work out together on our new fitness trail because spending time together as neighbors, develops an extended neighborhood family that cares for one another.”


– Deborah Sumner, Founding Member, Clark Park Coalition; Board Member, Hubbard Farms Neighborhood Association

Motown Museum

Project: Dancing in the Street

Scope: Titled “Dancing in the Streets,” this grant will help transform the greenspace adjacent to Hitsville U.S.A. into a community gathering space and provide programming such as: Health screenings and fitness programs; Food truck rallies and cooking competitions; Popup shops for local businesses and much more. Visit the museum.

Paul Barker“Dancing in the Street will transform a vacant Museum lot into a year-round gathering space designed to bring tourists and Detroit residents together through the love of Motown music. Motown Museum recognizes its responsibility to serve as a community resource in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood and is proud that Dancing in the Street will offer a community gathering space that is safe and interactive. Long before the Museum became a place to visit, the grounds of the Hitsville home was a safe space for aspiring musicians to learn, create and socialize.”


– Paul D. Barker, Director, Development and Community Activation, Motown Museum

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Project: Quality Housing Incubator at the Cortland Community Impact Center

Scope: This grant will help launch a Quality Housing Incubator to provide hands-on home repair and weatherization instruction for area residents. The space will also be open for neighborhood gatherings. Learn more.

Anne Zobel“The NeighborHUB award will support Wayne Metro’s larger effort to transform and revitalize blighted neighborhood properties in Highland Park into a safe, clean and productive destination for community members seeking a variety of supports. Our efforts will focus on renovating a formerly abandoned house across from our Cortland Community Impact Center into a hands-on home repair and weatherization training and demonstration center for entry-level contractors throughout southeast Michigan. This Quality Housing Incubator will also serve as a welcoming, accessible space for neighborhood gatherings and will strengthen residents’ sense of community with places to meet, share, and volunteer together.”


– Anne Zobel, Chief Program Officer, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

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