Meet Chad Morgan-Sterenberg, Lead Guitarist for La Dispute, and GRDC Homeowner

It all started out as a bunch of friends getting together to make music. It was pretty relaxed, always fun, and a great way to try out lyrics, new sounds, new arrangements. In 2005, the band La Dispute played for audiences all over West Michigan where the 5 members were from, and began to develop…

Oak Street Health, Grandmont Rosedale’s Welcoming Health Center for Seniors

Longtime Grandmont Rosedale resident Linda Thomas had earned her retirement after working for many years in the automotive industry. That rest turned into something a little more sustained though, a maybe a little less healthy. Linda’s granddaughter noticed this, and, according to Linda, said “’You really ought to get out.’” Linda’s granddaughter told her about…

Meet Asia Hamilton, Curator of The Norwest Gallery of Art in the Grand River Annex

Years ago, when Asia Hamilton was in high school, she wanted to take a cosmetology class, but the class was full. She was disappointed and so, with little enthusiasm and the thought that the class would be easy, Asia reluctantly signed up for commercial photography. Once the class was over Asia knew what she wanted…

Meet Chinyere Olumba, the Children’s Librarian at the Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library

Chinyere Olumba remembers spending many childhood summer days hanging out at the Gray Branch of the Detroit Public Library which was in the Butzel Family Recreation Center on the east side. Chinyere could walk there with her four siblings and the five of them would play in the gym, take craft classes, and visit the…

Meet Joél Reyes-Klann, GRDC’s UM Intern and Vacant Property Task Force Assistant

Joél Reyes-Klann, GRDC’s intern from the University of Michigan, is no stranger to community engagement. Since last June, Joél has spent much of his time assisting GRDC’s Community Engagement Manager Kitty Yarbrough with Vacant Property Task Force meetings, and soon he will also help out with this year’s Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market season. Joél, a…

Meet Kerrie Trahan, Founder and Instructor at Yoganic Flow, the New Pop-up at the Grand River WorkPlace

Yoga didn’t do much for Kerrie Trahan back in 2005 when she tried her first yoga class. She sort of stumbled upon the class as she was checking out what was offered at the Boll Family YMCA downtown. Her dad had signed the whole family up at the Y because, as Kerrie remembers, “he thought…

Wayne Metro’s WRAP Program Serves the Community at GRDC

Since 1971 the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency has operated the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) which helps low and moderate-income Wayne County residents with water bills and assists them to access other essential services such as home repairs, furniture, food, and shelter. Looking to be convenient to the communities it serves, WRAP opened an…

Robert Jones: Blues Man, Storyteller, Historian, Reverend, and Grandmont Rosedale Resident

Grandmont Rosedale resident Robert Jones’ business card reads “Musician and Storyteller,” but, as he attests, it’s pretty hard to separate the two. Robert believes that storytelling is as important to music as music is to storytelling. His performances include large amounts of both, simultaneously. Robert seeks to teach and show people that knowing the stories…