As my VISTA year comes to a close, I’d first like to thank CNCS and MNA for providing me with this opportunity to serve a city of great potential. This was a very unique position with a great deal of responsibility and reward. I’ve grown professionally as well as built relationships with individuals who are just as passionate about rebuilding this great city. We recently began our second round of needs assessments, while we finish wrapping up the first. During our first round, we were able to help organizations build capacity in a variety of ways from grant searching to outreach for community events and programs. The VISTA team has created a white paper on the barriers facing returning citizens in Detroit and an aggregate report of the first round of needs assessment which highlights the process in greater detail. We are currently working on a gap and concentration analysis of services and resources available to Detroit residents.
Since my last blog post, our office has relocated to the Buhl building, also in the downtown area. The new building lets us see Detroit from a different angle which is exciting and energizing, for me. I often find myself looking out the window envisioning what this city will look like 15 years from now. I’m eager to be involved in the process and more eager to see the hard work of Detroit residents uplift their city once again. I want to take the knowledge and experience I’ll gain to my hometown of Flint and help with its revitalization process as well. With that being said, my passion for service will continually move onward and upward. I think that serving others is one of the most meaningful and impactful ways to build up a community, which will also foster a commitment to service among themselves.
Good luck to all!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!