D2N's Detroit focus is to support collaborative efforts amongst grassroots programs sharing a common mission, thereby increasing their impact. We are doing this on two fronts:
In East Detroit, along with the S.A.Y. Play Center, we work with the Building Better Men mentorship program for youth at risk. The collaboration of the the two programs has positively impacted young men in the communities they serve.
In Highland Park D2N supports efforts of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, Buckets of Rain, Avalon Village, Soulardarity, Detroit Outdoors and Parker Village in their work to improve the health and wellness of the community.
In a time of crisis these collaborative efforts were essential to a quick and comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. D2N has funded a relief package which provides education, food and water security, reliable information, COVID-19 testing, mental health counseling and energy assistance - The D2N Detroit COVID-19 Relief Initiative (see below.)
These collaborative efforts were initially on display at the Community Health Fair in the summer of 2019. Together, families from Avalon Village/Mama Shu’s Hood Camp and Building Better Men and surrounding community members toured the SAY Detroit Family Clinic as well as Buckets of Rain’s gardens across the street while WNUC broadcasters entertained and informed the attendees.
In late 2019 the DMC Foundation generously awarded D2N a grant that serves to further strengthen these ties in Highland Park. The grant is funding clinic upgrades, beautification in the form of murals* and a clinic health coach at the S.A.Y. Clinic. It will also fund a refrigerator and an assistant salary for Buckets of Rain, as well as a playground/picnic area in their self-serve gardens.
*The murals pictured throughout the Detroit pages can be found along Glendale Avenue in Highland Park near the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and Buckets of Rain. The murals were created by Jasmine Harris of Cr8tive Minds.