February 6 Meeting: Get Volunteers, Get Fed, Get Ready!


Don’t let the weather fool you — spring is not far away, and our biggest opportunities for volunteers for neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, and boarding up houses are just around the corner!

Make sure to attend Thursday’s meeting to make sure you have the help you need in your part of Brightmoor!

The meeting will be held THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen (directions). 

Please bring a dish to pass and your ideas to improve our community!

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New! District One Satellite Office in Brightmoor

District One’s City Councilman James Tate has announced that he will begin hosting District One residents for coffee and conversation about issues relative to city council in Brightmoor on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Here’s the information to meet with Councilman Tate:

  • When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Motor City Java House, 17336 Lahser (just north of Grand River)


Meet Brightmoor at the Model D Media Speaker Series

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ModelD Media has done an excellent series of articles on the Brightmoor neighborhood. Read their coverage here. They are sponsoring a speakers series that is coming to Brightmoor on Wednesday, December 11.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., we invite you to come to the Brightmoor Community Center (14451 Burt Road - Map) to learn lessons from Brightmoor that can inform what we do in other communities in our city. A group of panelists made up of engaged residents, neighborhood leaders, and creative thinkers with a stake in Brightmoor will discuss their work and how it informs the future of Brightmoor and other Detroit neighborhoods. (read more)

Come hear from our own RIET SCHUMACK whose award-winning efforts in urban agriculture and community organization have contributed greatly to our neighborhood’s rise.

In addition, DAWN WILSON-CLARK from Patton Pioneers has been an inspiring neighborhood advocate and entrepreneur.

KIRK MAYES is executive director of the Brightmoor Alliance and has worked tirelessly to attract attention and funding to our neighborhood.

The innovative BART EDDY as principal of Detroit Community High Schools encourages entrepreneurship in his students by empowering them to start and run businesses and by encouraging them to find solutions with the resources they have.

REV. LARRY SIMMONS is the pastor of Baber Memorial A.M.E. Church in Brightmoor, and works with residents, young people, and stakeholders to create a bright future for Brightmoor.  His vision is contagious!

DENNIS TALBERT is the executive director of the Brightmoor Community Center, which has become a central hub for neighborhood residents and community leaders. A recent neighborhood harvest party had over 1000 visitors!

Neighbors Building Brightmoor is proud to be a part of this innovative and forward-moving community, where residents are working together to create a bright and sustainable future. This event is well worth attending for anybody interested in urban renewal from the ground up.

Join Us for the December Meeting and Potluck

Our last meeting of the year takes place on December 5! We look forward to seeing you there.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time: Meal begins at 6:30 p.m., Meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen, 15317 Dacosta St, Detroit, MI 48223 (directions)

Bring a dish to pass, a hearty appetite, and your ideas for Brightmoor!

Neighbors Rehabilitating Houses Help to Stabilize Brightmoor

This article is from the December 2013 neighborhood newsletter of Neighbors Building Brightmoor. View our newsletter archive here.

While the abandonment of houses in Detroit and all its negative results have been horrible and very problematic, we have seen some positive side effects recently. In the last year NBB members have been buying houses that are totally or partially scrapped , have rehabbed them and are moving into them.

Young people such as Jeremy, Jess, Mike, Jill, Patrick, Leah, Ken, Amy, Andrew and most recently Sophie and Brandon have bought houses on Chatham, Bramell, Grayfield, Iliad and Dolphin and are turning them into assets for the community. These young people are learning many skills while remodeling the houses and could use some help from skilled fix-it folks in the neighborhood. If you would like to volunteer your knowledge and time to teach skills such as plumbing, electricity, drywalling, and heating and cooling call 313.283.8091 or click here. Every house that is inhabited by a caring neighbor stabilizes our community and makes it a better place to live for all of us. Welcome to our neighbors!



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Detroit, MI 48223

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