The Kresge Foundation has awarded Southwest Solutions a $100,000 grant to develop the Center for Resident Engagement & Development in the former St. Anthony Lithuanian Church in southwest Detroit.
The vacant church at 3553 West Vernor Highway is being renovated and, as the Center for Resident Engagement & Development (CRED), will house a number of community programs defined by neighborhood residents themselves. CRED will also serve as the nexus for the Vista Partnership, a resident-driven redevelopment effort in a 20-block area in and around Mexicantown.
The grant to the Center for Resident Engagement & Development is part of a new Kresge grant program called Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIPD), a three-year, $5 million initiative. CRED is one of 11 implementation projects and seven planning projects that received the first KIPD grants, which were announced today at a press conference and celebration at Marygrove College in Detroit.
“With this program, we set out to quickly light up the map of Detroit with the reality of positive change,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO. “Nonprofits throughout the city are actively working for its transformation, and we’re proud to be able to stand with them to amplify their energy and understanding of what needs to be done.”
Dan Pederson, who directs the Vista Partnership, appears in this Kresge Foundation video announcing the KIPD grants.