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Community Transforming Development Project

Project Background
Over the last eight weeks, I have had the privilege of partnering with MACC Development, a Community Development Corporation (CDC) on the Eastside of Detroit. The project explored the question: How might we enable MACC Housing with the tools to develop a neighborhood block for affordable housing?

Given the development happening in Islandview and West Village, […]

June Moments

Reflecting on June
It’s strange to think I have been living in Detroit for ten months. In some ways, it seems like just yesterday I was moving into my apartment.

This last month has been full of moments in Detroit with some of my favorite people. See below for a few of the highlights.

I really enjoy taking […]

When a Honk Made Me Pause

A moment on an exit ramp
I was in a hurry to get to my office. I was sitting at a light coming off I-75 and waiting to turn on Grand River. The light turned green, but the car at the front didn’t move. I saw a homeless man who was standing on the median collecting donations […]

When Strategic Planning Leads to Introspection

Strategic Planning
Over the last two months, I have been assisting with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s strategic planning process, which has been named, The Next 100. As an organizational leadership geek, this has been one of the projects I have enjoyed the most in my time at Goodwill. My role on the project has been […]

Honest Mid-Fellowship Reflections

It’s hard to believe that I have already made it past the halfway mark for Challenge Detroit. As I reflect on the last seven months, I find there are many different things I continue to learn about Detroit as well as myself. A few revelations include:

I can now confidently navigate to most places without […]

Welcome to West Village

Oh West Village
West Village is one of my go-to places in Detroit. This lovely village is not far from my apartment. While still within Detroit, it has a small town feel as opposed to the feeling of downtown. Having grown up in the country, I appreciate the charm of walking the sidewalks of West Village […]

Close to Home

Initial Draw
I grew up in Metro Detroit. However, in the last ten years between my time in college and career, I spent nine years living out of state. One of the reasons I was drawn to Challenge Detroit was the opportunity to move closer to home and my family.
Favorite Part
While I love living in Detroit […]

A Team Can Make All the Difference

Host Company Unknowns
When I joined Challenge Detroit in August, I didn’t quite know what I was stepping into when it came to my host company. Sure, it sounded like a neat opportunity. I was excited to join Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit as I was curious to see how the organization fulfilled its mission day […]

Challenge Partners, Challenge Me

Facts about Food Insecurity
The USDA defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” In other words, food insecurity is when someone is unsure where and how their next meal will come. According to the USDA report published in September 2016, 15.8 million households in the […]

What if we lived life like a Marathon?

Today was refreshing
Today I volunteered for the 39th Annual Detroit Free Press Marathon. For those unfamiliar with the Detroit Free Press Marathon, you have to check it out! My two favorite races include the 26.2 Marathon and 13.1 International Half-Marathon which both include Canada on the race course. In 2014, I participated in the International Half-Marathon. Although challenging, […]