D2N's Detroit focus is supporting 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 (SAY), Buckets of Rain, Avalon Village, Soulardarity, Detroit Outdoors and Parker Village in their work to improve the health and wellness of the community. Early collaborative efforts included a program that provides fresh produce to SAY's patients and a community health fair.
In a time of crisis these collaborative efforts were essential to a quick and comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. D2N continues to fund 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.)
The Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition (HPC3) was created to deliver the above-mentioned services in Highland Park, but continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community as well as support fellow members of HPC3. When Buckets of Rain dismantled the garden providing fresh produce for many Highland Park residents, more than 350 of these raised beds were moved to Parker Village and Avalon Village.
Information about all our programs in Detroit can be found below.
Note: The murals pictured throughout the Detroit pages can be found on Glendale Avenue in Highland Park near the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. The murals were created by Jasmine Harris of Cr8tive Minds and funded by a grant from the DMC Foundation.