A Rose for Detroit Blog

Toxic stress in children's lives has emotional, physical implications

As a mother, I often picked up my children when they were babies and comforted them when they cried. Family members often chided me, saying I was spoiling them and that I'd pay for it in the future. They said, "Just let them cry." I never took the advice. I wanted my children to be happy, and I wanted to comfort them. Despite being a young mother, I was comfortable with my parenting choices and listened to my maternal instincts despite the naysayers. ... Read More

#ThankfulDetroit: See how Detroiters responded

On Nov. 20, we asked Detroiters to join with us on social media outlets like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to share why they're thankful to be a Detroiter. Lots of people participated (thank you!). We collected our favorite answers from all of the social Web below. I hope you'll check it out, and also, check out the related photo project on our Facebook page, where you can see how a group of youth from the Cody Rouge neighborhood answered that question. ... Read More

Thankful Detroit: On Tuesday, Nov. 20, share why you love being a Detroiter

What makes you thankful to be a Detroiter? This question, and about 100 answers to it, popped into my mind recently when The Parade Company unveiled the newest Skillman Foundation float design contest winner. It’s a colorful new float called “Color Art Studio” that features cartoonish looking kids painting and sculpting away in a dream-like art studio. ... Read More

Tonya Allen: Finding inspiration in ... the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

At a luncheon late last year, I had a “wow” moment — one of those times when you can't believe you’re experiencing or learning something so fantastic. It was a moment I almost missed, because it came during a busy day when I was running from meeting to meeting. I was tempted not to attend because the burdens of my daily schedule were overwhelming me, and I knew I had to drive later that afternoon to Flint. ... Read More

Clean up efforts provide encouragement, reaffirm mission

More than 600 volunteers joined forces last Saturday to board up 185 vacant homes near Cody High School in Detroit as part of national Make a Difference Day. The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, a resident-led coalition that's at the heart of our Good Neighborhoods work, was there, alongside volunteers from Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom. ... Read More

Cody Rouge community taking a hammer to blighted properties

To Kenyetta Campbell, each abandoned house in the Cody Rouge neighborhood is one more building that makes children fear for their safety. Each one, she says, needs to go. She’s getting her wish granted, at least in part, Saturday when 150 of those blighted properties will be cleaned and boarded, making the neighborhood that much safer. ... Read More