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.
Gail first became involved with Peace shortly after she and her three children had moved to Ann Arbor from the Jackson area. Struggling with disability issues and having difficulty obtaining full-time employment, Peace quickly became a touchstone for her and her family. All three children have been a part of Youth Services for the past six years, each showing improvement in both grades and behavior. Her oldest boy has since gone on to college as a freshman beginning this past August and is doing well. Gail herself has benefited from Peace’s Family Enrichment Program, enhancing her parenting skills as well as helping empower her to achieve her own employment goals. Over the course of their time with Peace, Gail’s family has benefitted from the REACH after school program for elementary youth, the Alternatives for Youth after school program for middle school youth, the Summer Day Camp program, the Leadership Development Camp program, the College & Career Prep Club, the Family Enrichment program and Peace’s Annual Holiday Toy & Food Drive.
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.
"The children of today are our future leaders for tomorrow. Peace provides the programs that develop the leaders we need for a strong and vibrant community."