The Power of AmeriCorps Service
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The Power of AmeriCorps Service

By Ryan Verstraete, VISTA Leader AmeriCorps doesn’t have the name recognition of the armed forces or Peace Corps, but the empowerment given to communities across the country through AmeriCorps service is honorable. The humility that comes from serving to improve your community’s long-term health leaves AmeriCorps alumni with a unique sense of pride in the...

CEDAM’s Signature Training: Real Estate Development Boot Camp
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CEDAM’s Signature Training: Real Estate Development Boot Camp

What is Real Estate Development Boot Camp? When CEDAM was formed in 1998, offering affordable training—specifically real estate development training—to community development organizations was, and still is, a main priority for us. Many of today’s seasoned affordable housing developers went through our Boot Camp training (which has taken on numerous names throughout the years,) and...

Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships
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Women In Skilled Trades (WIST) Program Prepares Women For Apprenticeships

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, a new member of CEDAM this year, is dedicated to helping women realize their potential. With a focus on providing a supportive environment for their clients, the Center helps women achieve economic independence and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. One of their newest initiatives is...

What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?
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What are the Potential Cuts in the 2018 Farm Bill?

By Alexis Puente, policy intern What is the Farm Bill? The farm bill affects communities in many ways— it covers trade, nutrition, conservation and farmer protections, among other things. A new farm bill is introduced every four years, and the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of the 2018 fiscal year...

A Closer Look at Two Detroit LISC Programs
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A Closer Look at Two Detroit LISC Programs

By Meghan Kuhr, communications intern CEDAM partner Detroit LISC is a part of the Local Initiatives Support Corps. Detroit LISC builds strong communities in Detroit by coordinating and investing in resources that contribute to sustainable neighborhood revitalization and community growth to give people an opportunity to not only survive, but thrive. They are committed to...

Meet CEDAM’s newest team member, Chris Wardell
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Meet CEDAM’s newest team member, Chris Wardell

By Meghan Kuhr, communications intern CEDAM is excited to announce Chris Wardell as its new administrative assistant! In this position Wardell will provide support across all of CEDAM’s programs. Background Chris is joining CEDAM with a wide variety of experiences under his belt. He has worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as the constituent...

Book Review: The End of Loyalty
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Book Review: The End of Loyalty

I heard about an event that featured Rick Wartzman in Washington DC, and it was about his book, The End of Loyalty. I was not able to attend, but the Aspen...