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Occupy the Corner Detroit Initiative to link residents with job training, utility bill payment assistance and other vital services.

02a39486b20f38013cacfc88c8e04592Detroit City Councilmember Mary Sheffield (Dist. 5) will kick off her new “Occupy the Corner Detroit” Initiative at the King Apartments, located at 595 Chene at E. Lafayette on Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m.   The mission is to engage the community, connect them to resources and empower residents to be self-determinate with respect to improving the quality of life in some of Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods.

 

For the first three Fridays in October, starting October 3, Councilmember Sheffield, staff, community leaders, and volunteers will hit the blocks in District 5’s highest crime and impoverished neighborhoods to bring resources and hope to residents.  Neighborhood police officers and their respective captains will participate weekly, and a minister will be invited to pray over the event.  Residents will be notified of the times and locations of the next two events.

 

Joining Councilmember Sheffield on her inaugural Occupy the Corner Detroit initiative will be Mayor Mike Duggan, Councilman Jumaane Williams from Brooklyn, NY and a host of other dignitaries.

 

Throughout the time at King Apartments, information regarding voter registration, employment and job training, minor felony expunction, utility payment assistance and upcoming community events will be distributed.  Moreover, this event will serve as a platform for citizens to voice their perspectives regarding the current cultural and social climate in the City.

 

Unique to this effort will be the involvement of ex-offenders, as well as members of the clergy to provide spiritual comfort and support to those in need.

 

According to Councilwoman Sheffield, positive energy must begin to permeate throughout the City and citizens need their leaders to make information and resources readily available to the general public. This project will be one of many that Councilwoman Sheffield will champion to tackle prevailing issues facing the City of Detroit in an effort to promote engagement.

 

Occupy the Corner Detroit: Taking Back Detroit’s Meanest Streets

One Person at a Time

Executive Summary

 

One aspect of Councilmember Mary Sheffield’s mission of service to District 5 is meaningful and effective community engagement, empowerment, and action.  Councilwoman Mary Sheffield is spearheading an initiative called “Occupy the Corner Detroit: Taking Back Detroit’s Meanest Streets One person At a Time.” The program’s mission is simple: to engage our community, and offer change and hope to some of Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods.

 

Starting October 3, each Friday evening for 3 weeks, Councilmember Sheffield, staff, community leaders, and volunteers will hit the blocks in District 5’s highest crime and impoverished neighborhoods to bring resources and hope to residents. Throughout the walk, information regarding voter registration, employment and job training, minor felony expungement, utility payment assistance and upcoming community events will be distributed.  Moreover, this event will serve as a platform for citizens to voice their perspectives regarding the current cultural and social climate in the City.

 

Unique to this effort will be the involvement of ex-offenders, as well as members of the clergy to provide spiritual comfort and support to those in need. The ex-offenders involvement will allow those who have been involved in crime an opportunity to ‘speak and listen’ with those who have been through the system, have returned to the community, and want to keep others from falling victim to the bad choices and the criminal lifestyle that engulfs so many of our young people.

 

The program will commence on October 3, 2014, and will take place every Friday during the month of October from 7-9pm. This annual event will then resume during the summer of 2015. Neighborhood police officers and their respective captains will participate weekly, and a minister will be invited to pray over the event as well.

 

Positive energy must begin to permeate throughout the City and citizens need their leaders to make information and resources readily available to the general public. Furthermore, in order to catalyze engagement, this project will be one of many that Councilwoman Sheffield will champion to tackle prevailing issues facing the City of Detroit.

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Council Member Mary Sheffield represents the 5th District, which covers the lower eastside, downtown, the riverfront and central portions of Detroit. She is the chair of the Neighborhood and Community Services standing committee and a member of the Planning and Economic Development standing committee. She was first elected to office in 2013 and is the youngest person ever elected to City Council in the history of Detroit.

 

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