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Wandering Detroit's child care desert as an English language learner: A parent's story

New Michigander Carolina Cruz says the hardest part of her transition from Colombia has been trying to get to know people in the city when her family is relatively isolated. Finding child care means independence and socialization for both Cruz and her two-year-old daughter, but Detroit's waiting lists are long.  

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Downtown Farmington and Oakland County encourage residents to shop local this holiday season

"With every dollar you spend shopping downtown at a small business, 67 cents stay in the local community,” says Downtown Farmington Executive Director Kate Knight.

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East downtown Dearborn’s CulturAlley project will transform alleys from passthroughs to destinations

“I really appreciate that they're trying to address the Arab community here and its culture and really integrating the alley project with the museum,” says Diana Abouali, Director of the Arab American National Museum. “It’s cohesive and coherent with the building and what we do.”

Feature Story Velocity is located at 6633 18 Mile Rd. in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights business incubator and coworking space Velocity celebrates its reinvention

“We want to see more companies started here and more companies thriving here, so there’s more wealth created and sustained locally. And job creation, obviously, is a big part of that, too,” says April Boyle, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Velocity.

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PHOTOS: All the happenings at Velocity Reinvented in Sterling Heights

Photographer David Lewinski was on the scene at the Velocity Reinvented celebration. Here’s what he saw.

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PEDALS program helps teachers bring social and emotional learning to life in the classroom

"These are the skills that will carry them through life," says Jaletha Smith, a social-emotional coach at PEDALS. "They'll know how to handle and deal with certain challenges and traumas they might face. And if they have that social-emotional piece, the cognitive— that'll be easy for them to pick up. But you first have to have those skills to be able to sit down, listen, and follow directions to get to that."

Feature Story Alexandra Clark is behind the chocolate delights at Bon Bon Bon.

Crafty Christmas: Holiday fair celebrates handmade goods

More than 100 artists and makers will be selling traditional handicrafts with a modern spin at the Masonic Temple at Handmade Detroit's coming craft fair. Vintage jewelry, clothing, home décor, bath and body products, and sweet treats are all on the menu.

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Dining Destinations: These repurposed restaurant spaces share a common mission across Metro Detroit

Have you dined in a redesigned church? A renovated garage? A refurbished bank? From Detroit to Clarkston, eateries in reclaimed spaces carry a deeper mission through their buildings’ repurposed history.

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Child care workers experiencing relief from COVID-19 funds are worried about Michigan's fiscal cliff

"It's a true gap," says "Mama" Zina Davis, who runs a Detroit child care center and knows first-hand what providers and teachers are facing, not just in terms of pay, but in respect for their roles. "We shouldn't be competing with McDonald's."

Development News The Syndicate, a social district in downtown Farmington, opened on New Year’s Eve 2021.

Shop, sip, and socialize local at 'Ladies Night Out' in downtown Farmington

Nearly two dozen of downtown Farmington’s small businesses will be participating in this year’s "Ladies Night Out" event, including everyone from the city’s new coffee shops to its bars, restaurants, florists, records stores, and beyond.

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Midtown jazz and gender justice installation shifting narratives

The Carr Center has a unique history in Detroit, fulfilling a critical need for elevating Black artistic excellence in visual arts, dance, arts education, and jazz. The latest installation offers a nod to the center's past as it celebrates 30 years. 

Longform Jamie Winkler, executive director of the Salvation Army Great Lakes Harbor Light System, in a short term residential care room at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light facility in Detroit.

Medical respite care helps Michigan’s most vulnerable recuperate after hospitalization

A handful of Michigan facilities offer daily wound care, help filling and taking prescriptions, or support with substance use disorder treatment for those in need.

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Small biz incubator Velocity to celebrate renovations, new programs with community open house

“We are a one-stop-shop – the center of gravity for entrepreneurship and innovation,” says April Boyle, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Velocity.

Development News A ceremonial tree planting in recognition of Arbor Day. Sterling Heights has won 37 consecutive Tree City USA Awards.

Sterling Heights to utilize GIS mapping to conduct comprehensive inventory of city’s tree canopy

“An inventory is an important step in strengthening a proactive approach to tree maintenance,” says Lee Mueller, a forestry specialist supporting the City’s inventory project.

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‘Running While Black’ author visits Birmingham and Detroit on national book tour

Alison Mariella Désir explains in her new book how she was frustrated constantly hearing how running is a sport ‘for everybody’: "...it was clear that this message came from white runners in a white sport inside a white country, and they had no idea what it was like to be a Black body in such a climate.” 

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PHOTOS: The "magic" of Marygrove's Early Ed CenterThe award-winning facility offers families one stop for education and wellness

In its second school year, the Marygrove Early Education Center works to provide a holistic educational experience for students, teachers, and families. Its state-of-the-art facility, designed in collaboration with its surrounding community, recently received international recognition. Our team spent an afternoon learning how this award-winning center is creating an innovative model for early education.

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Macomb's first Kitty Catfé finds a new home at Partridge Creek Mall

The Kitty Catfé — a temporary home for cats — joined Partridge Creek Mall in October. The cafe is open to those looking to add a furry friend to their family or to anyone who wants to spend some quality time with cats. 

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'Unapologetically Black': New Farmington Hills space to uplift minority businesses in the suburbs

Knowing that eight out of 10 Black-owned businesses close within the first 18 months, Rachael and Gerrard Allen are opening an Oakland County space for small business innovators. They hope to connect the dots for Detroit commuters: "We want Black folks and our allies to feel seen, welcome, and that something was created for them."

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Dearborn apparel company launches first full line of modest and sustainable fashion

“Our goal is to create clothing that destigmatizes modesty; clothing that is fashion-forward, functional and versatile,” says Nawal Alsaeed, CEO and creative director of Studious Monday.

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Sterling Heights reveals plans for Lakeside City Center, the $1B redevelopment of Lakeside Mall

“This project will deliver so much of our community’s wish list — thousands of jobs, more restaurants, entertainment, housing, and a complete new look, to name a few,” says Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.

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.