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Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency – January 2019 Update

Written by: Anne Zobel, Chief Program Officer, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s (Wayne Metro) Community Development team has been busily putting the pieces together to build out the during the Cortland Neighborhood Weatherization Training Center during the winter months. Our plan is to completely retrofit a neighborhood home into a training and demonstration center for Weatherization Contractor certification classes and community education, as well as to serve as a neighborhood meeting place.

In November 2018, over 100 community partners and stakeholders joined us for the Cortland Community Impact Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  We took a moment to celebrate the completion of our new state of the art Early Childhood Education center while announcing our next phases of development including the Training Center.

The excitement generated at this event led to a $75,000 grant award from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support our Live Smart education services at the site. Live Smart is a customized community education series that integrates home repair, energy, water and financial literacy classes within this traditional home. Retrofits to the home will provide hands-on, interactive learning tools such as energy meters and rain gardens.

On Martin Luther King Day we will be hosting a day of service on our campus. Thirty-five General Motors employees through GMCares will be helping Wayne Metro do everything from organize books for our community library to demolish the kitchen and some interior walls in the training center so we can start building out to our new specifications. Our next steps will be to build a new water smart bathroom and handicap access through a redesigned rear entrance.

Stay tuned for campus and neighborhood cleanup and beautification volunteer events in the spring.