2016 marks the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Peace Neighborhood Center. In celebration of this milestone, we will be bringing you 45 different stories about the history of the organization and the lives it has touched over the course of this next year. Click the image above for more!
Peace Neighborhood Center’s mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Peace helps people discover options, enhance skills, and make choices that lead to self-sufficiency and positive community involvement. Since 1971, we have helped more than 16,000 people in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County through a wide range of comprehensive programs designed to promote education, health, well-being and fiscal independence.
Angela learned about Peace Neighborhood Center while looking for affordable after school care for her two oldest children. A single mother of three, she was already paying for daycare for her youngest and going to school in the evenings to become a registered nurse. The burden of adding on even more childcare costs with another after school program would have been too much. So, she applied and got her first and second grader into programs.
As a condition of enrolling her children into Youth Services, Angela was required to attend a few Family Enrichment Workshops. She found them really well put together and quickly became an avid participant in the program, getting the most out of every workshop offered.
While the FEP program helped Angela with meal plans and family budgeting, her children received the love, support and specific homework help they needed to excel while attending the REACH after school program. They have done so well, they have been referred to attend Emerson School as a part of Peace’s partnership with the private institution. After two years with Peace, Angela is graduating with her nursing degree and is in a much better position as a mother and community member.
16,000 individuals throughout Washtenaw County.
60 young adults guided into college.
1,000 area youth enriched through Summer Day Camp
9,500+ hours of volunteer service.
4,000+ hours in tutoring activities.
13,000+ meals in youth services.
250+ families given toys and food in the holiday season.
"I think every city should have a Peace Neighborhood Center. Without them, I don't think my family would have achieved our goals."