I’m starting to feel quite comfortable at Nortown. Not only am I familiar with the office and our close partners now, I feel connected to some of the other people in umbrella non-proft orgs and people we don’t see as often but have had collaborations with. I finally have a clear understanding of everything that has been going on with Nortown and all our relationships as well. And since I joined in the midst of RESTORE NED, I can now holisticly see how far they have come in this project and the pressure building up for September.
This week, I attended a business luncheon hosted by the Van Dyke-Seven Mile Business Association which Pat and another man put together to connect all the businesses in the area for monthly meetings to discuss what goes on in our district (District 3). This month’s was about security and safety, a big issue for everybody and we had invited a sergeant from the police department to come (our biggest selling point). Something I’ve noticed and appreciate about the organizations in Detroit is how connected people are. In the grand scheme of things, most people like Pat who decide to be involved in the community are there for the same reasons — revitalize communities, eliminate disparities, create a safe environment, etc. There is just something special about that and witnessing it firsthand is a whole other experience. We were extremely pleased with the turnout as we had all different professions present; hospital and health, bankers, property managers, non-profits, churches, auto-shops, local marts. To top it all off, food is always great!