Cody/Rouge Community Chooses its Neighborhood Goal

DETROIT - The Cody/Rouge residents participating in The Skillman Foundation's Good Neighborhoods program chose a community goal last night, at a meeting attended by 300 neighbors at Dixon K-8 School.

Cody/Rouge's goal is for all children to live in a village where they are safe, healthy, educated and have access to unlimited resources.

"We are excited that Cody/Rouge residents have come together to pick this goal," said Skillman Foundation Vice President of Program Tonya Allen. "Although the goal is broad, the Foundation and its partners will work hard in the coming months to help residents develop specific strategies to achieve the community goal."

The $100-million Good Neighborhoods program's objective is to transform Detroit's neighborhoods into healthy, safe and supportive environments for children, youth, and their families by working directly with concerned citizens and organizations in specific neighborhoods. To achieve this agenda, the Foundation has reorganized its grantmaking and has strategically selected six neighborhoods to concentrate resources.

Residents from Detroit's Northend community will choose a goal on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Second Ebenezer Church.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout Southeast Michigan, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods - Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey-Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central and Cody-Rouge - and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.