Kenyetta “Kitty” Yarbrough, GRDC’s Community Security Coordinator Intern

GRDC welcomes Kenyetta “Kitty” Yarbrough as our Community Security Coordinator Intern. For her year here as an intern, Kitty is focused on coordinating our Community Security initiatives, the Crime Prevention Task Force and the Neighborhood Safety Meetings. While earning her Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, Kitty also works as a Customer…

Ashley Baker: A GRDC Intern Becomes a GRDC Employee

Ashley Baker started her University of Michigan undergraduate studies in neuroscience, biology, and chemistry. She was doing well in her classes, but once she took an introduction to urban planning class, she left the hard sciences to focus exclusively on her new field of interest. “It just clicked,” Ashley says of her first experience studying…

Innovative Project Targets Grandmont Rosedale for Home Renovation

GRDC is teaming up with Develop Detroit to implement an innovative new approach to renovating homes in Grandmont Rosedale. The program will utilize New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to help finance the cost of renovations. The NMTC program has been used to finance commercial and mixed-use projects in Detroit, but its use for home renovations…

A Pop Up Pairing at the Grand River WorkPlace

Nicole Bien-Aime and Chanel Coleman met while they were taking ProsperUs training at the Grand River WorkPlace. Nicole had been selling women’s clothing out of an office building ill-suited to her needs. Chanel’s custom shoes and accessories business had been an online only endeavor and she was looking to expand. During their training the women…

GRDC’s Community Security Program, a Resident-Driven Initiative to Prevent Crime

An informed, involved community is a safe, strong community, and it is GRDC’s Community Security Program’s goal to inform and involve as many residents of Grandmont Rosedale as possible in keeping Grandmont Rosedale a great place to live. One of the main concerns for any community is safety. The most effective strategy for addressing any…

Cassie Richard and Sabrina Bergman, a Change in Community Security Staff at GRDC

Cassie Richard’s term as GRDC’s Community Security Coordinator and Americorps VISTA ended in August. Her time at GRDC was filled with getting to know the Grandmont Rosedale community, and helping to create a safer Grandmont Rosedale through organizing Neighborhood Safety Meetings, special community safety workshops, and meeting regularly with the Crime Prevention Task Force. Upon…

Meet Martha Potere, GRDC’s Economic Development Program Manager

In keeping with GRDC’s mission to “preserve and improve the Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhoods,” we welcome Martha Potere, GRDC’s Economic Development Program Manager. Martha’s task will be to revitalize the commercial corridors in Grandmont Rosedale. Having a stable and healthy business community is essential to stabilizing the residential community. Martha is a participating fellow in the…