Peace Neighborhood Center

A New Year! Same Message of Love, Gratitude, and Hope.

 

I always start the new year with a personal resolution of faith and possibility. Here at Peace, we continue to look forward – filled with love, gratitude and hope. Even in the midst of another COVID surge that brings continuing uncertainty. Even with school closures and the risk of students falling behind. Even given the increased anxiety and the challenges our young people and families, who are already struggling financially, continue to face.

Here at Peace, I continue to have faith in our capacity to love and take care of one another. In our families’ strength, resilience and capacity for gratitude – even in the face of extraordinary challenges. In our staff’s experience and their tireless commitment to helping our young people find their greatness. We’ve witnessed all of that over the last two years. Just yesterday, over 40 people took the time to donate some 27 units of blood as part of a Sickle Cell Anemia blood drive that we hosted with the Red Cross. 

Something I learned a long time ago at Peace, something we continue to instill and teach here: In order to move forward toward a positive future, you have to “start with what you do have, what you can do.”


So we continue to be grateful for all that we do have here at Peace Neighborhood Center
. All built upon the strong foundation Rose Martin set, a deep well of experience accumulated over the last 50 years, and our community’s extraordinary generosity. Your gifts have meant a more secure financial future for Peace and the ability to invest in hundreds of lives. Your generosity gives us the capacity to invest in new programs and initiatives that will:

  • Help us continue to meet the increased need in our community,
  • Strengthen early literacy and child development, 
  • Offer transformational road trips that give Peace kids extraordinary learning experiences beyond their neighborhood, and
  • Launch a new Wellness Program designed specifically for Peace youth and families to help them improve their physical, nutritional, spiritual, and mental health.

With your continuing support, we will be able to sustain these programs to help our kids and families move forward and heal—so they can imagine and create positive futures for themselves. 

With your continuing support, Peace can build upon what we have and what we can do. 

With the sun shining for two days running, we know 2022 will be an amazing year of growth, change, and possibilities. 

Keep the faith –

Bonnie Billups, Jr.
Executive Director


Explore personal stories and program highlights that demonstrate Peace’s impact in people’s lives:

Peace Family,

As we face the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to work with our youth and families—many of whom have experienced extraordinary hardships. We continue to prioritize programming, as well as invest in new initiatives:

  1. Academic support for youth, including investments in early literacy and child development
  2. Expanded food distribution and emergency assistance
  3. A new wellness program to improve our youth and families’ physical, nutritional, and mental health
  4. Transformational road trips that give older youth extraordinary learning experiences beyond our neighborhood

Please consider a gift to Peace Neighborhood Center through the secure link below. With your continuing support, Peace can continue to change lives. Thank you!

 

Serving

Children, Families, and Individuals

affected by social and economic problems

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Founded in 1971 in response to racial tensions in the neighborhood, Peace has been building community and changing lives for over 50 years. From coffee chats hosted by mothers in the community to a full-service agency that has helped over 16,000 people change their lives, we've grown and evolved—but have always stayed true to our roots. Hear Peace Family members share our origin story. bit.ly/50StoriesBeginnings #50yearsofPeace ... See MoreSee Less

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Peace staff work hard to create a safe, supportive environment where our youth and families feel comfortable and supported. Hear a variety of Peace Family members share their take on Peace's positive, caring culture: bit.ly/50Stories31. #50yearsofPeace ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope, home, love, transformational, family. Peace Family Members share one word they would use to describe Peace. What's yours? Watch the full video: bit.ly/50Stories32. #50yearsofPeace ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to the 40 people who came out for Peace's January 3rd blood drive for sickle cell anemia—and to the American Red Cross Michigan Region staff who made the event possible! We were able to collect 27 units of blood, which will support one of the most effective sickle cell treatments: blood transfusions. Congrats to all of our raffle winners: Lisa M. and Gabrelle H. each went home with a $100 Main Street Ventures Gift Card, while Akayla P., Carrie K., Rene L., and Rod S. won Peace 50th Anniversary t-shirts or hats. This blood drive is just one of the many ways Peace partners help us holistically engage and impact our community! #50yearsofPeace ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to the 40 people who came out for Peaces January 3rd blood drive for sickle cell anemia—and to the American Red Cross Michigan Region staff who made the event possible! We were able to collect 27 units of blood, which will support one of the most effective sickle cell treatments: blood transfusions. Congrats to all of our raffle winners: Lisa M. and Gabrelle H. each went home with a $100 Main Street Ventures Gift Card, while Akayla P., Carrie K., Rene L., and Rod S. won Peace 50th Anniversary t-shirts or hats. This blood drive is just one of the many ways Peace partners help us holistically engage and impact our community! #50yearsofPeaceImage attachment

Don't Forget to Register! Blood Drive Monday Jan 3rd @ Peace!

Each Blood Donor! The Red Cross will offer!

$20.00 Amazon E-Gift certificate for each donor
T-Shirt Saying "I'm a Sickle Cell Fighter"
Entry into National Superbowl Drawing for free trip to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles

Each Blood Donor Peace Neighborhood Center will offer!

Entry in to a drawing for one of two $100.00 Main Street Ventures Gift Cards
Raffle of Peace Neighborhood Center 5oth Year Swag
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Dont Forget to Register!  Blood Drive Monday Jan 3rd @ Peace!

Each Blood Donor! The Red Cross will offer!

   $20.00 Amazon E-Gift certificate for each donor
    T-Shirt Saying Im a Sickle Cell Fighter
    Entry into National Superbowl Drawing for free trip to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles 

Each Blood Donor Peace Neighborhood Center will offer! 

    Entry in to a drawing for one of two $100.00 Main Street Ventures          Gift Cards
    Raffle of Peace Neighborhood Center 5oth Year Swag

Our impact on

Your Community

16,000 individuals

helped through Washtenaw County

13,000 meals

in youth service

60 young adults

guided into college

The Peace Center is like a home away from home. It really is special, both in the summer and during after school programs. This place feels like it is our roots. Even as you grow, you still are with your roots.

Lauryn Comer

Lauren

Locations

We are in your neighborhood

Main Facility

1111 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-3564

Maple Meadows Satellite Center

880 S. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

West Arbor Satellite Center

717 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Peace House

1111 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103