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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 12 2018 12:04 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 12, 2018

Daughter of Zion Community Center

We are raising funds to secure a location in the inner city of Detroit in order to provide many needed human services to the community.

Daughter of Zion Community Center

We are raising funds to secure a location in the inner city of Detroit in order to provide many needed human services to the community.

pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 12 2018 12:04 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 12, 2018

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Daughter of Zion Community Center

Daughter of Zion, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to provide food, career, educational, technology and healthcare resources to economically challenged individuals in or near the city of Highland Park Michigan.  

The following is a list of the services we plan to provide in the short-term:

  • After-school Programs (tutoring, arts & crafts)
  • Career Services (job searches, resume writing)
  • Computer Lab (hardware/software courses, application courses)
  • Clothing Donations
  • Daycare/Latch-key
  • GED Course Completion
  • Literacy Programs (child/adult reading lessons, bible study)
  • Household & Grooming Services (showers, laundry, salon/barber)
  • Soup Kitchen

Other short-term services planned are lectures/motivational seminars, trades/skills events and demonstrations.

The following is a list of the amenities we plan to provide in the long-term:

  • Pool
  • Basketball Court
  • Gym/Workout Area
  • Walking/Biking Trail
  • Football Field
  • Playground
  • Outdoor entertainment space

History of Highland Park Michigan

Highland Park Ford Plant
Highland Park Ford Plant

Highland Park is a city completely surrounded by Detroit with an exception of a small portion that touches the city of Hamtramck, which is also surrounded by Detroit.  The population is approximately 10,883 residents as of 2016.  

In 1907, Henry Ford purchased 160 acres in order to build an auto plant.  With the construction of the plant, the area's population dramatically increased in just a few years from 4,120 residents to about 46,500 between 1910 and 1920.  The growth of Highland Park broke records for increases in population.  In 1925 Chrysler Corporation was founded in Highland Park.  The Chrysler plant was headquartered in this area for 70 years.

Ford Motor Company slowed down its operations at the Highland Park Plant in the late 1950s.  All operations ceased by 1974.  With the loss of these industrial jobs, the city suffered considerably.  Chrysler eventually moved it's headquarters from Highland Park to Auburn Hills between 1991 and 1993.

Highland Park has yet to bounce back from the decline in jobs and population in the area.  

Learn more about the rise and fall of Highland Park Michigan at the following link:

Home of the Model T
Home of the Model T


Highland Park has one of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country.
Highland Park has one of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country.

Project Breakdown

Short-term Budget: $250,000

  • Initial deposit for property 
  • Renovations
  • Cost of T-Shirt printing and shipping fees for rewards

We are looking to break ground in late February 2018 or early March 2018, as weather permits.  The projected time-frame from initial construction to grand opening is 6-9 months from the start date.  

Soup Kitchen

Volunteering at Detroit Rescue Mission
Volunteering at Detroit Rescue Mission

We would like the Soup Kitchen to be open daily, depending on volunteers and group efforts.  We are planning to have services for the kitchen hosted by various groups (corporate, churches, fraternity, sorority, etc.).  A monthly menu will be established for easier service.  We plan to consult with various culinary schools and restaurants for guidance and sponsorship opportunities.  Local food banks and other non-profit organizations will be the primary source for stocking inventory. 

We anticipate having a wide variety of options from vegetarian meals to comfort foods.  In the short-term, breakfast and lunch will be offered.  Long-term we would like to incorporate dinner as well.  We do plan to have special dinner events in the interim.

After-school Programs

Face-painting at Costello Elementary
Face-painting at Costello Elementary

The primary after-school programs will be tutoring and arts and crafts.  Tutoring subjects will consist of the following core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects.  These services will be provided on a volunteer basis.  Board members will also step up and offer professional services in these areas. 

The Daycare facility will be staffed and serviced by industry professionals.  We will hire individuals with the appropriate credentials and background for this area.  

State-funding will be sought after in order to maintain these programs.

Clothing Donations


Example of Daughter of Zion T-Shirt
Example of Daughter of Zion T-Shirt

Clothing of all sizes and seasons will be collected and dispersed on a first come, first served basis.  The clothing will be assorted in a designated space and presented in a way similar to a clothing store.  Special fundraisers and events will be held in order to replenish inventory for seasonal items.

Career Services

Karen Littleton - Vice President of Daughter of Zion (l); Kathy Richardson - President of Daughter of Zion (r)
Karen Littleton - Vice President of Daughter of Zion (l); Kathy Richardson - President of Daughter of Zion (r)

The bulk of our career services will be offering job related services and skill enhancement.  Several of the Board members are certified and knowledgeable in offering many of these services.  Formal courses will be offered on basic computing skills, application usage (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and lectures on job searches and resume writing.  

One-on-one sessions will also be provided on an as needed basis.  We plan to use volunteers for this service.  A dedicated computer lab will be built for general usage.  We will also have several classrooms available.

We plan to have many events for trades/skills demonstrations and motivational speaker engagements on a weekly or monthly basis.

Literacy Programs

Psalms 9:18
Psalms 9:18

Our plan is to have a state-funded program specifically for child and adult reading lessons and GED Course Completion.  All programs will be logged and monitored to determine the impact.  Volunteers as well as hiring certified personnel is anticipated for the longevity of this service.

We would also like to have a weekly Bible Study hosted by volunteers to encourage and uplift individuals.

Household & Grooming Services

Kathy's Kreations Heatless Curls
Kathy's Kreations Heatless Curls

We currently have several friends and volunteers willing to assist with grooming services.  These services will be provided weekly.  Special grooming events will be held throughout the year (e.g. back to school, career fairs, etc.).

Having a dedicated space for laundry and shower facilities is included in the short-term plan.  The projected accommodations are 10-15 washer/dryer units and 5-10 showers.  Supplies and toiletries will be provided.

A maintenance service will be hired for the appropriate upkeep of the entire facility on a regular basis.  Volunteers will also be used for these services.

Renovations and updates will be documented and available for viewing on our social media accounts as follows:

Current Assets

There are several motivated family members and friends ready to make initial donations to our organization.  The board members also have resources available for the initial start-up.  Furniture and equipment will be purchased once the structural project is complete in order to feasibly determine the accurate need.

Future Assets

Daughter of Zion, Inc. anticipates receiving corporate sponsorship, especially from integral contributors in the Automotive industry.  Given the strong tie Ford Motor Company and Chrysler has with the history of their organizations both originating from the city of Highland Park, we are confident that they would be more than willing to offer funds to sustain this project.  Other assets we are anticipating are grants and other resources from organizations dedicated to ensure this area is restored and can sufficiently maintain in the long-term.

Given the scope of the project, the actual dollar amount for the entire project from beginning to end can not be determined at this time.

Properties of Interest

We are working with the Detroit Land Bank in order to secure a property through the Community Partnership Program.  The Detroit Land Bank is a public authority dedicated to returning Detroit's vacant, abandoned and foreclosed property to productive use.

Through the Community Partnership Program, we will be able to find a property or vacant lot conducive to our needs and services.  We will also be able to expedite the process in helping to revitalize the area.  

The following are a list of a few of the properties that we are considering for our short and long term goals:

Our Overall Vision

The Board of Directors assembled to lead the organization has over 100 years of professional experience combined.  Our board and members consists of an Information Technology specialist, Graphic Designer/Artist, certified Special Education Teacher in the Detroit Public School System, a registered Nurse, a professional stand-up Comedian and a former Daycare facility owner.

We will use all social media channels and the organizations' website to provide facts, statistics and other related data on causes, current efforts and solutions to helping improve the deteriorating conditions in the city of Highland Park.

Our programs will include sending out ambassadors to raise social awareness about the deplorable conditions of the city.  We will also hold fundraising events in order to provide immediate relief and assistance to those suffering regardless of their race, ethnicity or religion.

To maximize our impact and efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c)3 section of the IRS and are operating primarily for educational and charitable purposes.

We are currently in the process of filing for 501(c)3 tax exemption.

Risks and challenges

Some of the potential risks and challenges for our project are as follows:
* disinterest from current residents given longevity of current conditions
* apprehension of volunteers to work in deplorable areas
* criminal activity on-site while construction is in process
* lack of funding for overall timeline and completion of project

We plan to overcome most, if not all of these, by implementing the following:
* distributing materials and flyers to inform residents of the community center and our services
* having local events covered my various media sources
* the projected hours of operation will be from 7AM - 7PM daily; special hours will be on the weekends or as needed for certain fundraising events
* security will be either on a volunteer or hiring basis to watch over construction site
* various fundraising events, auctions, in-kind donations, sponsorships and grants will be held and applied for

Our qualifications for the implementation of these services are tied to our personal connections with LAFF Entertainment, Beaumont Hospital, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, Shiloh C.O.G.I.C., Starter's Bar & Grill and various other companies, institutions and organizations in the Metro Detroit area. These connections will potentially afford our organization with the appropriate resources as requested.

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