Power of One Dedicates Woman

    Since 2015, Michigan Community Resources has celebrated women community leaders through The Power of One Dedicated Woman, our annual awards honoring unsung women changing Detroit neighborhoods.

    This year, we will continue to bring attention to the stories of women leaders in Detroit and ways you can support them through virtual and in-person engagement opportunities.

    Alongside our partners and awards sponsors, we will offer revised award benefits to deepen our support of honorees by providing them with valuable tools and resources to support their work.


    2021 honoree Rhonda Theus receives her award prizes sponsored by JP Morgan Chase


    This award is for all women: cisgender (women who were assigned female at birth), transgender (women who were assigned male at birth), and nonbinary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • Identifies with above description
    • Over age 18
    • Resident of the city of Detroit
    • Shares her time, talent, and treasure to improve her Detroit community
    • Her efforts have gone unsung (largely unrecognized by mainstream media, the public, and through traditional awards)
    • Open to receiving no-cost support services and resources from MCR and our partners to support her work in the community, along with other honoree benefits

    It is free to nominate and anyone may submit a nomination.

    Winners will be announced late summer 2022.

    POW Congrats

    Myaia Holmes
    Metro Detroit Mutual Aid

    Kathleen Hurd
    Damsel Take Your Crown

    RuShann Long
    Midwest Civic Council of Block Clubs

    Kelly “Earth” Roper
    High Frequency Training Systems

    Rhonda Theus
    Canfield Consortium

    Karen Washington
    Emmanuel Community House

    RELEASE: Detroit women awarded for community service during pandemic
    Michigan Community Resources honors six women during virtual awards event on August 24, 2021

    POW 2021 Sponsors

    Yvonne Gibbs
    Claudia Enriquez
    Theresa Landrum
    Jasmine Mahone
    Joyce Moore
    Samoy Smith
    Sandra White
    Stevie Baka
    Sonja Hill
    Latisha Johnson
    Shiva Shahmir
    Betty Varner
    Dawn Wilson-Clark
    Barbara Martin
    Karen Knox
    Rachel Ullah
    Star Roland
    Stephanie Harbin
    Tenai Leali
    Aleasa M. Peatross-Smith
    Dell Stubblefield
    Deysi Martinez
    Mary Jo Smith
    Sandra Pickens
    Sonia Renia Brown
    Barbara Matney
    Charlotte Blackwell
    Denise Kennedy
    Elois Moore
    Marissa Mewitz
    Michelle Jackson
    Barbara Harding
    Jackie Perkins
    Lenora Hall
    Phillis Judkins
    Shirley Rankin
    Jacqueline Conley