2021-2022 Recipients

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Get To Know The 2022 NeighborHUB Grant Recipients

Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corp.

Project Lead: Amanda Paige, Director of Programs, Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corp.
Project: The Bailey Park Community Innovation Lab will support the McDougall-Hunt community through the addition of a public computer lab with computers, a print and fax station, a 3-D printer, and individual workspaces.

Congress of Communities

Project Lead: Lindsey Matson, Youth Programs Director, Congress of Communities
Project: Congress of Communities is currently working to turn an abandoned building in southwest Detroit into a youth-driven community center, which will be a hub for youth and resident leadership development, community organizing, and social events.

Detroit Hives

Project Lead: Timothy Jackson, Co-Executive Director, Detroit Hives
Project: The State Fair and Hoover Pollinator Parkway will serve as a centralized location for community resources while providing green infrastructure to address climate inequality and food insecurity for people and pollinators.

Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League)

Project Lead: Monica DeJesus, Chief Development Officer, Detroit PAL
Project: Detroit PAL’s new recreation center will provide education, health, and wellness opportunities to Detroit area students, parents, and community members by connecting them to resources in collaboration with partner nonprofits.

Detroit Sound Conservancy

Project Lead: Michelle Jahra McKinney, Executive Director, Detroit Sound Conservancy
Project: Hub 50-21 will rehabilitate the streetscape and façade at the currently vacant storefront of the Blue Bird Inn, transforming it into a safe, walk-up gathering place for music performance and community.

Motor City Grounds Crew

Project Lead: Joshua Arntson, Director of Programs, Motor City Grounds Crew
Project: Motor City Grounds Crew will transform nine overgrown and blighted lots on Barham Street in Morningside into a dynamic and welcoming green space, accessible for neighbors of all ages and ability levels to activate and enjoy.

Norwest Community Collaborative

Project Lead: Kayana Sessoms, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Health and Wellness
Project: Universal Health and Wellness (UHW) is a Detroit-based pending nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life through programs that heal, empower, and transform. In 2021, the Hitha Healing House and Garden (HHHG) hub project was established to focus on improving intergenerational wellness in northeast Detroit by providing a safe gathering space for residents and visitors.

One Michigan for the Global Majority

Project Lead: Samantha Magdaleno, Executive Director, One Michigan for the Global Majority
Project: One Michigan has acquired a 100-year-old property in southwest Detroit that previously served as the home of the TheUndocuSafe Space. With the space back in community youth-led hands, the building can be used by community members for studying, laundry, cooking, meetings, immigration legal services, running youth programs, and more. One Michigan’s youth-led team has made significant repairs to the office over the last three years, but there is more to be done to make the space safe and accessible for the community.

Women of Banglatown

Project Lead: Ali Lapetina, Executive Director, Women of Banglatown
Project: Women of Banglatown is a safe space developed by and for first-generation and immigrant girls and women, where they can be unapologetically who they are and explore themselves through nature, art, entrepreneurship, and community.

The Yunion, Inc.

Project Lead: Nicole Wilson, Executive Director, The Yunion
Project: The Yunion will build out a courtyard space that can be shared with our service organization partners for events, programs, gatherings, meditation, and other activities requested by the community.

NeighborHUB 2022 Small Business Winners

Always There

Project Lead: Danielle L. Dillard, Chief Executive Officer, Always There
Project: Always There is a mobile notary service providing service 24-hours, seven days a week.

Cutz Lounge the Grooming Shop

Project Lead: Dante Williams, Owner and Operator, Cutz Lounge the Grooming Shop
Project: The Cutz Lounge project combines a 4.9 rated barbershop with a high-quality café to offer and serve the community with a place to relax, get a haircut, and eat good food.

Detroit is Different

Project Lead: Khary Frazier, Founder, Detroit is Different
Project: Detroit is Different’s Lot of Studio project is an outdoor interactive podcast and live music performance event on an urban garden giving fruits, vegetables, and information on Detroit’s west side.

Kidz Kingdom Free Play and Party Center

Project Lead: Danielle North
Project: Last year, Kidz Kingdom purchased a 10,000-square foot building and will be launching a state-of-the-art child care center and indoor playground as the facility’s anchor projects. Additionally, a women’s suite, clubhouse for parents, and one-stop dream fulfillment center for current and future entrepreneurs are part of the development.

Jo’s Gallery 2 LLC

Project Lead: Garnette Archer, Owner, Jo’s Gallery 2 LLC
Project: Jo’s Gallery is a second-generation brick-and-mortar art gallery located in the heart of Detroit, on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. The NeighborHUB grant funds will help implement educational opportunities for art students to learn how to frame. Jo’s Gallery will partner with the College for Creative Studies to find creative talent and provide a unique environment for students to explore art gallery ownership and learn the craft of custom framing.

Ladder 4, LLC

Project Lead: James Cadariu, Owner, Ladder 4, LLC
Project: Ladder 4 is a converted firehouse in the Core City neighborhood that is part food and drink lab, part artist showcase, that pays tribute to all the rich and varied Detroit cultures and its musical traditions. With this grant, Ladder 4 will build a bandstand and procure furniture that would allow us to have live, local music outdoors in its yard.

Motor City GSD

Project Lead: Aaron Hall, Owner and Founder, Motor City GSD
Project: Schutzhund in the D is a project designed to teach the art of dog training and helper work to underprivileged youth living in Metro Detroit.

Pingree Detroit

Project Leads: Rayne Ross, Co-owner, Pingree Detroit
Nathaniel Crawford II, Co-owner, Pingree Detroit
Jarret Schlaff, Co-owner, Pingree Detroit
Project: Pingree Detroit is a worker-owned, triple-bottom-line design and manufacturing cooperative, co-owned by veterans and Detroiters. Pingree creates hand-made footwear as well as home, pet, and fashion accessories using leather and other materials upcycled from the automotive industry. The project will help activate Pingree’s community-focused footwear and leather goods training studio in Detroit.


Project Lead: Justin Fishaw, Co-Founder, SMPLFD
Project: SMPLFD is a Detroit-based clothing company that includes a boutique screen printing, embroidery, and design house as well as a contemporary streetwear clothing brand and showroom, warehouse, and fulfillment service.

Urban Aging L3C

Project Lead: Patricia Ann Rencher, Publisher and Owner, Urban Aging L3C
Project: Urban Aging News is a free, quarterly newspaper targeting seniors, family caregivers, and aging service providers with resources and tools to facilitate care for the elderly.

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