Join us on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 19120 Grand River Ave for the second Grandmont Rosedale SOUP fundraiser. For $5 you get soup, salad and a vote for your favorite community project (the winner receives the entrance fees). Doors open at 4 pm, proposal presentations start at 5 pm, dinner is served at 6 pm and the winner will be announced by 7 pm.

The following proposals have been selected by the Grandmont Rosedale SOUP committee and will be presented on Sunday, Oct 27.

Bus Bench

Minock Park, whilst the smallest Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood, is home to one of the community’s busiest intersections: Evergreen & Fenkell. A bus bench is desperately needed at this location as bus riders currently wait and sit on a nearby (low) brick wall, causing it to crumble and blight the area and some bus riders overturn trash cans to use for seating, spreading litter around in the process. SOUP funds would provide enough funding to install a bench, trash receptacle and planter near the bus stop, and the project will be viewed as a pilot project for other areas in the community that may need benches.

Just Bundts

Just Bundts currently exists as a local home-based baking business, but Just Bundts is seeking a permanent location to expand business capacity to meet growing demands. Just Bundts specializes in pound cakes, scones and sweet breads. SOUP funds could be used to offset the costs of property acquisition (through sale or lease).

Split Rail Fences

Drive down Stahelin Street in North Rosedale Park or along Fenkell Ave in Minock Park and you’ll likely notice several vacant lots framed by split rail fences. The result of several mini grants, resident donations, and the hard work of dozens of volunteers, these fences not only beautify the area but also prevent illegal dumping at vacant lots where buildings once stood. Currently, on a street with dozens of abandoned homes, six are scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks, creating ripe opportunities for illegal dumping. Funds from Grandmont Rosedale SOUP will go towards the purchase of fence materials that will be installed by volunteers to make sure Stahelin Street does not become a dumping ground!

Storage Pod at Stoepel Park

The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC), Rosedale Grandmont Little League (RGLL) and the Brightmoor Alliance (BA) are collaborating on a project to improve Stoepel Park and have already brought over $500,000 worth of investment to the park and league. As a result of this investment, the City of Detroit has agreed to designate the park with “Satellite” status, meaning that the City will station two full-time General Services Department employees at the park to mow, weed-whack, remove litter, and repair equipment as needed. In order to obtain the “Satellite Park” status, however, the community must provide a storage area for maintenance equipment. SOUP funds will be used to purchase and deliver a storage pod to the park.


This month’s SOUP event is Halloween themed! Presenters and guests alike are encouraged to wear costumes and to participate in our all-ages pumpkin carving contest. Jack-o-lanterns can be dropped off (the day before the event) on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 am – 12 pm at 19120 Grand River or call Becki at 313.387.4732, ext. 101 to make alternative arrangements. Several pumpkin carvers will win prizes at the SOUP event. (See pumpkin contest flyer here)

We are currently in need of soup, salad and dessert makers. If you would like to donate soup, salad or dessert for the event, please contact Liz Wroughton at 313.387.4732, ext. 109 or

For more information about Grandmont Rosedale SOUP, contact Becki Kenderes at or 313.387.4732, ext. 101 or visit the Detroit SOUP website at


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