OUR MISSION

Michigan Community Resources advances the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals and communities through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organization development, and trusted guidance.

We envision strong Michigan communities build on strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network.

 

Upcoming Events

Jan
17
Thu
KIP:D Information Session @ Marygrove College Main Dining Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm

The Kresge Foundation invites community-based nonprofits across Detroit to apply for a share of $1.5 million for projects that engage residents in revitalization.

The fifth annual round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit will award grants of up to $35,000 for planning and up to $150,000 for the implementation of projects that reflect resident priorities to improve the quality of life in Detroit’s neighborhoods. (Grant guidelines can be found here in English. Application instructions are here in English. Additional languages versions are linked below.)

Since 2015, the initiative has supported the creation of an agricultural greenway and other green uses, the conversion of unused second-floor commercial spaces into residences, and it has brought and community organizations together for collaborations in parks.  “We created this initiative because we know community-based groups and organizations across the city share residents’ desire for a better quality of life but need resources and technical support to turn their ideas into reality,” says Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Detroit Program managing director.

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) has fostered more than 70 planning and implementation projects to date. Those projects have included the renovation of vacant buildings into a variety of productive uses from laundromats and coffee houses to community art spaces and retail spaces. (Learn more about KIP:D grantees named in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.)

 

“The outpouring of great, transformative ideas has been continually gratifying.” Jackson says.

Kresge granted $5 million during the initial three-year pilot phase of KIP:D. Last year, the foundation recommitted to an additional three years and $6 million. The foundation is now making $1.5 million annually in KIP:D grants to organizations and providing $500,000 a year to provide grantees with technical assistance to facilitate a network of shared learning and mutual support. Kresge is partnering with Michigan Community Resources provide that support to KIP:D grantees.

As part of the outreach to potential applicants, the Kresge Detroit program has scheduled information sessions to provide more information about the application process:

  • Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. Marygrove College – Main Dining Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building, 8425 W. McNichols.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait.

 

Michigan Community Resources is also offering open office hours to provide individualized application assistance. Please see below for dates and times for these office hours. Please contact Amber Umscheid at aumscheid@mi-community.org or 313-949-7902 with any questions about open office hours:

  • Thursday, Jan. 24, from 3-7 p.m. People’s Community Church, 8601 Woodward Ave.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 2-6 p.m. Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley.
  • Monday, Feb. 4, from 12-4 p.m. Gleaners, 2131 Beaufait.
Opening of Central Detroit Christian's Art House.

Central Detroit Christian CDC opened Art House in November with support from Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit. It provides space for local artists to teach classes and hone their crafts. From left: Central Detroit Christian Executive Director Lisa Johanon, experimental artist Billy Mark, photographer Yvette Rock.

Photo by Montez Miller for The Kresge Foundation.

 

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in English.

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in Spanish.

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in Arabic.

Read KIP:D application guidelines in Bangla. (Check back later for FAQs in Bangla.)

Read guide to applying for KIP:D in Kresge’s online FLUXX system.

Go to the online FLUXX system.

Jan
19
Sat
MACC Legal – Low cost legal assistance @ The Commons
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

MACC Legal offers low cost legal assistance on Saturdays, in the neighborhood! Cost is a donation based on your income, as low as $5-$40.

MACC Legal’s volunteer attorneys will provide specialty legal consultation—and in some cases, representation—in the areas of:
family,
bankruptcy,
housing,
benefits and disability law.

We are available every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at The Commons Detroit, 7900 Mack Ave., corner of Beals.

Walk in’s are welcome, appointments are encouraged!!

Stop by, lets see if we can help!

Call for more information or an appointment, 313.732.9302, ext. 3

Volunteer with Brilliant Detroit @ Brilliant Detroit
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Repair the World and Brilliant Detroit for an afternoon of service to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Get Social with us

MCR NEWS

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Michigan Community Resources Announces Shamyle Dobbs as New CEO

Michigan Community Resources is proud to announce Shamyle Dobbs as our new CEO!

With over 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, Shamyle brings to the CEO position a deep institutional understanding of MCR as well as an unparalleled passion for the good work done by organizations and community leaders MCR serves.

Formerly the Chief Program Officer, Shamyle has played an integral role in shaping the work at MCR since 2008. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Shamyle moved to Michigan in 2001 to complete her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan and went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.

With her core philosophy being that of servant leadership, she embodies practices that enrich the lives of individuals, build stronger organizations, and ultimately create a more just and caring world.

Read more

Upcoming Events

Jan
17
Thu
KIP:D Information Session @ Marygrove College Main Dining Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm

The Kresge Foundation invites community-based nonprofits across Detroit to apply for a share of $1.5 million for projects that engage residents in revitalization.

The fifth annual round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit will award grants of up to $35,000 for planning and up to $150,000 for the implementation of projects that reflect resident priorities to improve the quality of life in Detroit’s neighborhoods. (Grant guidelines can be found here in English. Application instructions are here in English. Additional languages versions are linked below.)

Since 2015, the initiative has supported the creation of an agricultural greenway and other green uses, the conversion of unused second-floor commercial spaces into residences, and it has brought and community organizations together for collaborations in parks.  “We created this initiative because we know community-based groups and organizations across the city share residents’ desire for a better quality of life but need resources and technical support to turn their ideas into reality,” says Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Detroit Program managing director.

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) has fostered more than 70 planning and implementation projects to date. Those projects have included the renovation of vacant buildings into a variety of productive uses from laundromats and coffee houses to community art spaces and retail spaces. (Learn more about KIP:D grantees named in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.)

 

“The outpouring of great, transformative ideas has been continually gratifying.” Jackson says.

Kresge granted $5 million during the initial three-year pilot phase of KIP:D. Last year, the foundation recommitted to an additional three years and $6 million. The foundation is now making $1.5 million annually in KIP:D grants to organizations and providing $500,000 a year to provide grantees with technical assistance to facilitate a network of shared learning and mutual support. Kresge is partnering with Michigan Community Resources provide that support to KIP:D grantees.

As part of the outreach to potential applicants, the Kresge Detroit program has scheduled information sessions to provide more information about the application process:

  • Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. Marygrove College – Main Dining Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building, 8425 W. McNichols.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait.

 

Michigan Community Resources is also offering open office hours to provide individualized application assistance. Please see below for dates and times for these office hours. Please contact Amber Umscheid at aumscheid@mi-community.org or 313-949-7902 with any questions about open office hours:

  • Thursday, Jan. 24, from 3-7 p.m. People’s Community Church, 8601 Woodward Ave.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 2-6 p.m. Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley.
  • Monday, Feb. 4, from 12-4 p.m. Gleaners, 2131 Beaufait.
Opening of Central Detroit Christian's Art House.

Central Detroit Christian CDC opened Art House in November with support from Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit. It provides space for local artists to teach classes and hone their crafts. From left: Central Detroit Christian Executive Director Lisa Johanon, experimental artist Billy Mark, photographer Yvette Rock.

Photo by Montez Miller for The Kresge Foundation.

 

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in English.

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in Spanish.

Read KIP:D application guidelines and FAQs in Arabic.

Read KIP:D application guidelines in Bangla. (Check back later for FAQs in Bangla.)

Read guide to applying for KIP:D in Kresge’s online FLUXX system.

Go to the online FLUXX system.

Jan
19
Sat
MACC Legal – Low cost legal assistance @ The Commons
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

MACC Legal offers low cost legal assistance on Saturdays, in the neighborhood! Cost is a donation based on your income, as low as $5-$40.

MACC Legal’s volunteer attorneys will provide specialty legal consultation—and in some cases, representation—in the areas of:
family,
bankruptcy,
housing,
benefits and disability law.

We are available every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at The Commons Detroit, 7900 Mack Ave., corner of Beals.

Walk in’s are welcome, appointments are encouraged!!

Stop by, lets see if we can help!

Call for more information or an appointment, 313.732.9302, ext. 3

Volunteer with Brilliant Detroit @ Brilliant Detroit
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Repair the World and Brilliant Detroit for an afternoon of service to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Get Social with us