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‘Neighborhoods Day’ Brings Help From Around The Country To Northwest Detroit

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Members of Positive Images celebrated at the 2010 ARISE Detroit! Renewing the Village event at Hart Plaza. (credit: arisedetroit.org)

Members of Positive Images celebrated at the 2010 ARISE Detroit! Renewing the Village event at Hart Plaza. (credit: arisedetroit.org)

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DETROIT (WWJ) — Detroit’s neighborhoods will come alive this week for the 8th annual Neighborhoods Day.

Thousands of people will be involved with the annual event, some of the volunteers involved with repairing homes come from other states, including Carl Zerweck with the Rippling Hope Project — an effort that’s been underway in northwest Detroit for a few years.

“The relationships that are being formed where people from North Carolina are gonna go home and they know that they’ve got new family in Detroit and they’re gonna be praying for people here,” Zerweck said. “They’re gonna be telling the story and what’s happening is, is they’re telling the story to folks and they can’t wait to get up here  to be part of this effort.”

State Representative David Nathan said that the Rippling Hope Project will help repair homes in northwest Detroit with the help of out-of-state volunteers, something they’ve been doing for the past few years.

“We put together a program in about three weeks and to date we have done over 660 repairs on homeowners and residents — seniors and families — within my district,” Nathan said.

Motor City Blight Busters will start deconstructing nine abandoned homes in the Brightmoor area on Neighborhoods Day and there will be music, health fairs and an anti-crime march.

Another one of the groups is Rebuild America, which is having volunteers do home repairs in two Detroit neighborhoods. Chris Gupton, with Rebuild America, said that the group will be doing a grocery giveaway.

“”I think we’ve given about 10,000 pounds of groceries away each weekend,” Gupton said.

More information about Neighborhoods Day can be found on our Events page.

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