Urban Neighborhood Initiatives works with communities in urban neighborhoods to build safe and thriving environments where people want to live, work, and play.

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 2015 Events

Unless otherwise noted please contact UNI at 313.451.8380 for more information. 

JANUARY

Congratulations to our DNR Youth Apprentices who took First Place at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Youth Leadership Social Justice Competition conducted at Michigan State University. We are incredibly proud of their performance at this public speaking competition featuring students from across Michigan. Way to go!!!

FEBRUARY

DTE  Energy  commissioned the Southwest Urban Mural Arts Project for a large mural installation at the Zenon Substation located at 6500 Desmond.  We are honored by the confidence and recognition placed in our community's youth by one of the largest members of  Detroit's  corporate community. 

MARCH 

We said goodbye to a hard winter with a flurry of Spring cleaning. Springwells community residents came out in force to begin putting into place beautification plans made in the depths of winter. We also hosted dedicated student volunteers from the University of Michigan and  the University of Missouri. Thank you all for your  commitment and hard work!!!

APRIL

We were deeply honored to be named by the Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) as the co-winner of its Community Economic Development Leader of the Year Award. Our work is only possible with the commitment and partnership we have shared with the Springwells community for nearly 20 years.  Thank you!

MAY

CYCLE DE MAYO:  Join Southwest Rides located at 1824 Springwells on Saturday, May 2nd from 12 - 6pm to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the opening of the summer biking season. Stop by to meet staff and youth apprentices, have some free food, participate in raffles and special deals. Pick up some biking gear, get your bike summer ready or maybe spot a new set of wheels. All profits from Southwest Rides support our Earn A Bike program for kids. For more information call 313.748.8330.

Pop Up Food Series at Revolution Lounge, 1601 Springwells  - Every Sunday in May and June from 5 pm to 9 pm join the food Revolution on the Patio featuring guest chefs from Full Sun Foods, Esto's Garage and Chef Garza from El Asador. The Pop-Ups begin on May 3rd. Expect great food, great people and great music. Spread the word and get your summer off to an early start while supporting our local businesses!!!  For more information please call 313.757.7755.

1st Annual Commitment Day 2015 - Join the Southwest Detroit College Access Network on Saturday, May 9th  from 1 - 4 pm  at Western International High School to honor our southwest Detroit High School Graduates and their future. For more information please call 313.841.4447. 

Tree Planting at Phoenix Multicultural Academy, 7735 Lane - As part of the annual Motor City Makeover join Greening of Detroit on Friday, May 15th at 10 am for a tree planting at the elementary and middle school. 

Vacant Lot Transformation  -  The third in a series of community vacant lot clean ups and beautification  will take place on  Saturday, May 16th from 10 am - 3 pm at 8395 Homer to support the Vargas family. Contact Lisa Marie Rodriguez for more information.  Join us!!

Support local businesses at Cash Mob, a monthly event held at area watering spots. This month join us at Charlie's Bar  located at 1503 Springwells, on Wednesday, May 20th  from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. There are 3 rules: Bring cash. Meet new people. Have Fun!

JUNE

Neighborhood Beautification Day sponsored by Southwest Solutions - Saturday, June 6. 

JULY

ELCA Youth Service Days - July 16-18

AUGUST

ARISE DETROIT Neighborhoods Day - August 15

OCTOBER

UNI Building Neighborhoods Event - Date to be announced. 

Angels Night Safety Events - October 29-30.

UNI Annual Community Halloween Party - Date to be announced. 

DECEMBER

UNI Annual Community Christmas Party - Date to be announced. 

UNI at a glance

2014 In Review

Executive Director Dennis Nordmoe's  look-back on UNI in 2014 can be  found here.

 

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Click below to view our most recent video, produced by Detroit based multimedia firm, The Right Brothers.

Click below to view a WXYZ TV-Channel 7 feature on Southwest Rides, southwest Detroit's only full service bike shop and a UNI affiliate.

Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project

Since 2007, our Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project  (SUAMP) has been a creative conduit for youth, under professional mentors, to create one of Detroit’s densest collections of public murals. The art work is largely commissioned by area residents and business owners. Participants work with trained professional artists from the College for Creative Studies - Community Arts Partnerships and are at the forefront of their community’s place-making and neighborhood development efforts. Take a look HERE to see how Culture Source, one of southeast Michigan's leading arts advocacy groups highlighted SUAMP to demonstrate the ties between creative expression and neighborhood empowerment. 

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Our Passion

To make urban neighborhoods vital, healthy environments that strengthen individuals and support families.

Our Vision

We are inspired by a vision of community where people have hope, education is valued, families are strong, and opportunities abound.

Our Strategy

We target critical neighborhood needs often in collaboration with other area agencies making significant community investments, block clubs and educational and youth serving groups targeting the Springwells Village area. Accordingly, UNI addresses programmatic gaps to support a sustainable, vital community. Within the Springwells Village community, UNI has the following programmatic goals:

  • Economic development through the creation of public assets, workforce development and enhancing the visibility of the community. 
  • Beautification through public art, green projects and community clean up. 
  • Fostering a culture which promotes education from early childhood through adulthood.
  • Enhancing housing through home upgrades and blight elimination.
  • Improving long term community safety.
  • Facilitating the growth of strong community based leadership among adults and youth. 
  • Improving health and well being through lifestyle services and community dialog.