Organizational History

1956- Peace Lutheran Church builds a house chapel at 1111 N. Maple Road.

1967- “Big Building” is built for Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

1969- Low-cost public housing built on North and South Maple.

1970- Tension in the community divides the neighborhood.  Public housing residents and private homeowners need a place to meet and discuss concerns.

1971- Neighbors and churches decide to establish Peace Neighborhood Center as a self-governing, non-profit community center. Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church provide the building.

1974- Summer Day Camp is established.

1976- Rose Martin becomes Executive Director.

1977- Job program is established.

1980- First Awards Night. Alternatives for Youth Program begins.

1985- Peace Neighborhood Center becomes a United Way Agency.

1986- Peace expands programs to include all of Ann Arbor.

1988- Substance Abuse program begins.

1992- South Maple Breakfast program begins.

1995- Peace Neighborhood Center expands programs to all of Washtenaw County. PNC joins F.U.N., Families of United Neighborhoods

1996- PNC receives Substance Abuse Prevention Program license.

1997- PNC joins BUILD (Building, Unity, Independence, Leadership, and Development), a substance abuse prevention collaboration, and CAP (Computer Access Program) begins.

1998- Performance Arts Academy and LEAD (Learning, Experiencing, and Achieving Dreams) begin.

1999- College & Career Prep Club (CCPC) begins.

2000- Zion and Trinity Lutheran Churches donate the building and land to PNC as a leadership gift for the “A Home for Peace” Capital Campaign.

2001- Peace wins the Prize for Excellence in Nonprofit Management in Washtenaw County from NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work).

2003- Peace celebrates the opening of “A Home for Peace” our new, expanded facilities, on June 21st.

2006- Executive Director Rose Martin retires. Bonnie Billups, Jr., Program Director for 15 years, replaces her.

2009- The Peace House Transitional Housing Center opens, allowing Peace to provide temporary supportive housing to clients in need.

2011- The Family Enrichment Program is launched as a part of Peace’s wrap-around approach to providing necessary support to all members of a household involved in Peace programs.

2013- Long time Executive Director Rose Martin passes. Peace Community celebrates her memory and continues to give life to her values.