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.
Linda, a single mother of four with two kids in college and two young ones in elementary school, became involved with Peace Neighborhood Center as her two youngest were enrolled into Peace Youth Services. As her children began to benefit from the support of Peace staff and volunteer tutors, Linda herself began to find out how supportive Peace could be for her as well. She gained employment and dealt with a car with no heat and bad brakes to make it work. Peace helped Linda with several car repairs in order to make sure she could maintain her employment. This has paid off as she was selected for an apprenticeship program in the Facilities Department at work. As a part of that program, Linda has been enrolled in a four-year Building Automation and Facilities Management program through Washtenaw Community College. This represents a tremendous step in her career goals and will ensure she can provide for her family going forward.
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.
"My son is very shy and reserved. I was surprised to see how many friends he had made at camp and was impressed with the young man on staff that took a special interest in him.”