D2N's Detroit focus is to support collaborative efforts amongst grass roots 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 had a marked effect on the young men of the surrounding communities.
In Highland Park D2N supports efforts of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, Buckets of Rain, Avalon Village, WNUC 96.7, Soulardarity and Detroit Outdoors in their work to improve the health and wellness of the community. This collaboration has become an integrated learning opportunity for Wayne State University Master of Public Health students.
These collaborative efforts were 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 broadcasted from the event.
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. Finally, the grant will provide funds for the WSU students to identify and address the barriers to health care.
*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 and Buckets of Rain. The murals were created by Jasmine Harris of Cr8tive Minds.