Member News Roundup ~ February
NorthWest Initiative: a youth community garden and "hoophouse" in Lansing

NorthWest Initiative and Allen Neighborhood Center, together with other groups and nonprofits, put on the third Greater Lansing Youth Gardening Conference. At the conference youths and adults attended different sessions to learn different gardening techniques – everything from getting a garden started to setting up a worm bin for compost.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living collaborated with University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design to offer clay sculpting classes to people with disabilities. The classes – which began at the end of January – are so popular that there is a wait list. Watch an inspiring video of this community building event here.

Hancock Housing Foundation’s new Quincy Haven supportive housing will begin construction and be ready for occupancy around March 2011. All 24 units will be handicap accessible, with extra-wide doors and low cabinets for occupants in wheelchairs. The apartments are specifically for those with special needs, the homeless, and people seeking refuge from domestic abuse.

Greater Corktown Development Corporation put together an exhibit called Corktown Works!, which is now on display at the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown until April 25. The exhibit celebrates the past, present, and future of Corktown and its community. Exhibits include seats from the old Tiger Stadium and worker uniforms from different eras. This article from Detroit modelD explains more.