Northend Community Chooses Neighborhood Goal

DETROIT - Northend residents participating in The Skillman Foundation's Good Neighborhoods program chose a community goal at an Oct. 25 meeting attended by more than 350 residents. The meeting was held at Second Ebenezer Church.

The goal is for Northend to become a proactive community organized to provide a high-quality education and resources to meet the needs of its children and families.

"The residents coming together to choose this goal is exciting," said Skillman Foundation Vice President of Program Tonya Allen. "The goal is very focused, and we believe, achievable, if everyone works hard to make it happen."

The $100-million Good Neighborhoods program's objective 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.

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.