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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.

Feature Story The Fed

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.

Feature Story Jazz, Carr Center

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.

Development News Velocity in Sterling Heights.

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.

Feature Story Alison Mariella Désir

‘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.” 

Feature Story Marygrove

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. 

Feature Story Centric Place

'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."

Development News X

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.

Feature Story Southwest refinery

Parents ask Michigan candidates how they plan to address air quality and asthma concerns

At a recent forum, parents and child care advocates held local candidates running for Michigan's State Senate accountable to the issues on families' minds. Check out what those looking for your vote had to say about the poor air quality and high asthma rates affecting children in metro Detroit. 

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Universal pre-K, affordable child care, and teacher shortages: Michigan Senate candidates weigh in

For many families, child care exceeds the cost of a mortgage or rental payments and rivals college tuition payments. Yet, child care employees have been among the lowest wage earners in the state. Parents and early education advocates showed up at a virtual forum recently to ask local candidates running for Michigan’s State Senate how they plan to fix this problem.  

Feature Story child care

How will Michigan candidates support students with special needs?

Detroit parent Sparkle Berry wasn't afraid to ask Michigan candidates why she has to choose between quality education and special needs support for her son. At a recent forum, she and other parents and child care advocates brought hard-hitting questions to those looking for your vote. Read how local State Senate candidates responded.  

Longform Dr. Sara Santarossa is the lead on a Henry Ford Health project that asked COVID long haulers to draw body maps representing their condition. She sits next to several of their works here.

Researchers seek solutions for Michigan's 700,000 COVID long haulers

Michigan health care organizations are racing to determine what support those with "long COVID" need and how best to provide it.

Longform Laurie Arora, PACE Southeast Michigan vice president of public affairs, philanthropy, and organizational development; and Sadie Shattuck, PACE Southeast Michigan's grant and communications specialist, look over health literacy handouts.

New project aims to increase health literacy among Southeast Michigan's older adults

A new project called "The Power of Understanding" uses proven health literacy tools to empower participants to become engaged as advocates for their own health.

 
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.