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Feature Story The Misty Blues crew.

Open house and air show at Selfridge to highlight aerospace and defense in Macomb County

In Macomb, the aerospace and defense industry has been awarded more than $25 billion in contracts from 2010 to 2020. Now the county will celebrate with an open house and airshow at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base on June 8 and 9. 

Longform Patricia Tillman-Meakins, Tracey Williams, and Becca Fleming at Packard Health Clinic at West Willow.

Community-based health projects offer care for underserved residents in Detroit, Ypsi, and Jackson

Several Michigan organizations are innovating ways to increase health care access for the state’s most vulnerable residents in their own communities. 

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Cómo los sistemas locales de salud aprovechan las granjas locales para obtener opciones de alimentos

Instituciones médicas de todo Michigan están utilizando sus recursos locales para llevar alimentos reales a su personal y pacientes

Longform Hope Starts Here creates a plan to help Detroit become a city that puts young children and families first by 2027.

الأمل يبدأ هنا» يساعد ديترويت في إعطاء الأولوية للأطفال الصغار

تجمع مبادرة "الأمل يبدأ هنا. " فريقًا من المدافعين والأبطال الذين يقودون الجهود لتطوير نظم الطفولة المبكرة في ديترويت. تمثل هذه المبادرة تعاونًا بين مؤسسة دبليو كيه كيلوج (WKKF)، ومؤسسة كريسجي، ومؤسسة ماكس إم. ومارجوري إس. فيشر (M&M Fisher)، ومجموعة من الوكالات، والمنظمات المجتمعية، والأهم من ذلك، سكان ديترويت. تم إطلاق مبادرة "الأمل يبدأ هنا" رسميًا في عام 2017 بخطة عمل مستمرة تمتد لعشر سنوات  

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

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Get sustainable at these 5 thrift stores

From clothes and house decor to car parts, here are five resale businesses to check out in Macomb County. 

Feature Story "Being outdoors means more physical space and room for creativity in the movements… and an opportunity to touch grass," says Joel Lewis, owner of TrvFit Farmington.

New fitness and music series ‘an opportunity to touch grass,’ build community in downtown Farmington

"I think that these events show the community how accessible physical fitness is, both on a personal level and locally," says Joel Lewis, owner of TrvFit Farmington. "As humans we need movement and community, and all of the studios and clubs participating provide that. My hope is that this event will provide the first steps for community members to find their tribe and get moving."

Feature Story The 12th annual Macomb Business Awards was held on Thursday, May 9, in Warren.

Sterling Heights business community cleans up at 12th annual Macomb Business Awards

It was a room full of some of Macomb County's brightest and best. Yet for all of the local notables, it was the Sterling Heights business community that stole the show.

Longform Robert Sheehan  and colleague, Valerie Jamerson, take a look at the new Tool Kit.

Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

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Hope Starts Here puts Detroit's young children first

The Hope Starts Here initiative brings together a team of advocates and champions who are leading the charge for Detroit’s early childhood systems. A collaboration among The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, and a host of agencies, community based organizations, and most importantly, Detroit residents, Hope Starts Here formally launched in 2017.  

Development News Civil Rights leader Malcolm X lived with his brother’s family in the Inkster house at 4852 Williams St. from 1952 to ‘53.

Historic preservation efforts at Malcolm X House in Inkster win Governor's Award

"The preservation of the Malcom X home is a source of pride for city residents. I am pleased it was chosen to restore this important piece of the Inkster’s history,” says Sen. Dayna Polehanki (5th District). 

Development News Sheryl Ferlito, a Special Education Literacy and Intervention Supervisor at Chippewa Valley Schools, co-founded Sortegories, an interactive online literacy tool.

Online literacy tool headquartered in Sterling Heights acquired by Illinois education company

Sheryl Ferlito, a Special Education Literacy and Intervention Supervisor at Chippewa Valley Schools, co-founded Sortegories, an interactive online literacy tool.

Development News "I can now enroll more child care children and hire an assistant to help because the areas have more space and room so that everyone can be comfortable," says Juanna Edwards, owner of Winnie's Bright Beginnings Child Care in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights childcare provider makes key renovations and upgrades thanks to this grant program

"I can now enroll more child care children and hire an assistant to help because the areas have more space and room so that everyone can be comfortable," says Juanna Edwards, owner of Winnie's Bright Beginnings Child Care in Sterling Heights.

Feature Story Homg Miller leads a fitness class for in person participants at the Detroit office of the Association of Chinese Americans and participants on Zoom.

Metro Detroit project focuses on culturally relevant home care for older Chinese Americans

The Metro Detroit-based Association of Chinese Americans is developing a training program to address the shortage of direct care workers equipped to serve older Chinese Americans in Southeast Michigan. 

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Tiff Massey forging her future in Metalsmithing: New exhibit ‘7 Mile + Livernois’

The first Black woman to graduate with a Master's in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook has a request: “I really want Detroit to pull up on me. Your sister has an exhibition, pull up.”

Development News Autonomous "Ottobots" from Ottonomy, one of the companies partnering in Orange Sparkle Ball's food waste pick-up pilot in Corktown.

Pilot program to test autonomous robots' potential for picking up food waste for compost in Corktown

"We're excited to take our years of experience testing autonomous robotic solutions and focus on picking up end-of-life materials. And Detroit is a fantastic place to deploy these civic infrastructure tests as the city is focused both on future technology opportunities and the needs of communities," says Orange Sparkle Ball's Ashley Touchton.

Feature Story Mother Hive

Oak Park's Mother Hive helps keep the city sweet

What started as a love for hexagons while studying architecture led Jessica Brady to bees. Now the founder of Mother Hive, an Oak Park small business that specializes in baked goods, Brady's uses honey from her backyard apiary to sweeten her recipes.

Development News The Farmington Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023.

Farmers market season returns with opening day festivities planned in downtown Farmington

Late spring in Michigan is welcome for a lot of reasons, and one of those is the return of farmers market season. One of the metro Detroit’s biggest and most celebrated makes its annual debut at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 4.

Development News A rendering of the future former site of Lakeside Mall, first released in 2022, which will be redeveloped as Lakeside Town Center.

Lakeside Mall set to close July 1 as developers make way for $1B Lakeside Town Center development

Following the mall’s closure and demolition, it’s expected that construction will break ground in 2025.

Development News The Sterling Heights Community Center is located at 40250 Dodge Park Rd. in Sterling Heights.

Unique partnership to pair students with disabilities with adaptive internships in Sterling Heights

“This first-of-its-kind collaboration will give our students with disabilities essential job skills that will empower them to realize their future goals and dreams,” says Utica Community Schools Superintendent Robert Monroe.

 
Nonprofit leaders across southeast Michigan are contributing their thoughts via journal entries on how COVID-19 is affecting their organization. 
This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Co.ACT. Click here to read the journal entries.