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Detroit Heroes: Shadora L. Ford swetlicr Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:00

It was a late afternoon in March 2020; the beginning of the pandemic. Shadora L. Ford answered her phone, hearing a frail voice on the other end: “The meal you dropped off was the only meal I had for the week. I tried to ration it, but I hadn’t eaten anything in 3-4 days.”

Ford, the founder of Destined for Greatness Mentoring Initiative, gets calls like that all too often. This one happened to be from a senior citizen, but it’s not uncommon to receive similar calls from young mothers in need of resources.

Growing the Black Dollar swetlicr Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:11

On May 31, 1921 in Tulsa Oklahoma, a white mob attacked a thriving black community known as Black Wall Street.

At least a hundred people were killed, businesses were destroyed, and many were left homeless. The tragedy would be known as the Tulsa Race Massacre.

According to Ty Thorpe, financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, that tragedy has had long-standing effects on many black people.

Black Mental Health Matters swetlicr Tue, 06/16/2020 - 11:31

Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands. Those precautions seem to be top of mind as we all try to stay healthy during this pandemic.

However, not much is talked about concerning mental health in this time of crisis.

And as the black population is being negatively affected by unemployment, reduced wages, and health care disparities at a higher rate than other ethnic groups–perhaps we should pay more attention to our mental well-being.

Detroit Heroes: Louie Wingard Sr. [email protected] Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:44

During these uncertain times, we can lean on hope! We are starting a new series entitled "Detroit Heroes" where we will highlight the essential workers at the City of Detroit ensuring we are safe and our city is running! 

Two months ago, Louie Wingard Sr. was on his regular route transporting a full bus of Detroiters. Today, the interaction he has with his riders is limited.

Detroit Heroes: Marcus Poe swetlicr Wed, 06/10/2020 - 10:30

“Someone tested positive on our midnight shift, and we had to shut down for almost a week."

For Marcus Poe, Senior Supervisor of Mechanical Maintenance at the Russell Ferry garage, a week can feel like an eternity.

Poe and his team service all City of Detroit vehicles. Falling behind is not an option. And getting vehicles fixed quickly is always the goal. But today, that’s a challenge.  

Detroit Heroes: Jaye Green [email protected] Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:20

During these uncertain times, we can lean on hope! We are starting a new series entitled "Detroit Heroes" where we will highlight the essential workers at the City of Detroit ensuring we are safe and our city is running! 

“I'm trying to get things right, build a monopoly, but folks want to freeze me up, they try to fossil me, got this knowledge in my head, street Socrates.”

Detroit Heroes: Annie Mendoza [email protected] Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:55

During these uncertain times, we can lean on hope! We are starting a new series entitled "Detroit Heroes" where we will highlight the essential workers at the City of Detroit ensuring we are safe and our city is running! 

According to a Timex survey, human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line.

For you, maybe it was concert tickets, that new roller coaster at Cedar Point, or perhaps one of those Popeyes spicy chicken sandwiches.  

Detroit Heroes: Lakeisha Williams swetlicr Tue, 05/19/2020 - 16:43

“The End of the Line…”  

Those are words cherished by bus drivers everywhere. Why? Because it’s the only time they get a well-deserved break and some alone time.

But these days, alone time is a thing of the past.

“A cleaning crew comes on the bus to sanitize and wipe down surfaces that riders are actively touching.”

Detroit Heroes: Crystal Hepburn, RN [email protected] Mon, 05/04/2020 - 17:13

During these uncertain times, we can lean on hope! We are starting a new series entitled "Detroit Heroes" where we will highlight the essential workers at the City of Detroit ensuring we are safe and our city is running! 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  -Nelson Mandela

…And in the age of COVID-19, education can save lives.

13 reasons why should #BeCountedDetroit [email protected] Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:43

Let’s be honest. With the Governor’s Stay at Home order still in place, we all have a little extra time on our hands to fill out the 2020 Census. It’s a simple and easy process; it takes up to 10 minutes to complete. 

The Census count determines billions of dollars in federal funding and programs that affect the Detroit community, schools, and residents! Here are 13 reasons why you should #BeCountedDetroit

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