Peace Neighborhood Center

Peace Family,

Our response to the Covid-19 national emergency is focused on mitigating the effects this is having on our families in these three major areas:

  1. Food insecurity
  2. Academic support
  3. Lost wages and emergency assistance.

If you are inclined to help, donations made through the PayPal link below will go to help assist our families with food insecurity, continued academic support throughout the summer and, perhaps most importantly, to aid those families facing lost wages due to childcare and other factors to avoid possible eviction or utility shutoff with emergency funds provided through our case management.

 

Serving

Children, Families, and Individuals

affected by social and economic problems

A Message from Bonnie
To all of our youth and everyone with school-age children, congratulations on finishing out the school year!  We are so proud of all of your accomplishments throughout this year, but especially in your perseverance through unanticipated difficulties over the last few months.
 
The events unfolding over this time have revealed inequities in our nation that have been here some 400 years.  Hopefully,  the current outrage will help to unify hearts and actions to do the tough work ahead and truly “Make America Great” with laws and actions that live up to the creed that our country is founded on: “That all men are created equal”.  Thus helping to create a world where the Oneness of Mankind is not just treated as a lofty goal, but a reality. A world where justice, access, opportunities are held in all of our hands.  The Covid-19 virus has revealed heathcare disparities between black and white, rich and poor. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have punctuated and made aware to the world some of the injustices faced daily by black lives.
 
While I do not feel it is my place as the director of this organization to make a sweeping political statement, I do think that it is entirely appropriate to encourage everyone to familiarize yourself with the subject of race and the systemic inequities and injustices that are a part of our culture. I feel that if every one of us were to work harder in our own lives to seek understanding and to broaden our perspectives, then it would be easier to come together as one as opposed to splintered groups.  With this in mind, I urge all of you – all of my fellow members of the Peace Family – to step outside of your comfort zones and listen to others.  Have uncomfortable conversations.  Learn from others different from you.  Based on those efforts, it will be up to each of us to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize in order to affect the change in our society that will lead to the world that we have envisioned in our hearts and dreams. A world Unified, Just and Fair for all.
 
If you wish to broaden your understanding on the realities lived by people of color, I would recommend watching any or all of the following films.  They are all good starting points to deepen your perspective on what the issue of racism is, and to launch conversations about what to do about it.
 
On Netflix:
The 13th
When They See Us
American Son
Time: The Kalief Browder Story
 
On Amazon Prime:
The African Americans
Just Mercy
I am Not Your Negro
 
We here at Peace want all the members of the Peace Family along with everyone in our community to know that we as an organization stand always on the side of love and justice.  It is our hope that the difficult and uncomfortable conversations that need to be had are done with civility and that the fruits of those conversations grow a better future for us all.  
In Peace,
 
Bonnie Billups, Jr.
Executive Director

Peace Neighborhood Center is sad to announce the departure of our Director of Development Kevin Lill after nearly 13 years serving in that role. He has been offered a wonderful opportunity elsewhere that he cannot and should not pass up. While we are saddened to not have him in the office every day, we are excited for him and this next step in his professional career. Kevin is committed to making the transition go smoothly and to help train and mentor the individual we decide to hire for our development department.

"It is difficult to sum up what my time at Peace Neighborhood Center has meant to me," said Kevin. "This organization has not simply been a job, but a second home."

"I cannot tell you how grateful I am for receiving the gift of being a member of this family back in 2007," he continued. "Peace Neighborhood Center is a special organization that I believe has no parallel in the world. It has been my distinct honor to be involved in its mission and to watch all of the successes it has accomplished. I will forever remain a member of the Peace Family and you can count on that. For about a quarter of the organization's history, I have been doing my best to live up to the legacy of Rose Martin. It is my hope that I succeeded. As Peace looks ahead at its 50th Anniversary and beyond, I wish it and everyone involved in its mission the absolute best. I know the next 50 years will be amazing!"

Kevin's final day of full-time employment will be July 17th. Please reach out to him before then if you are inclined to extend your regards on the next step of his journey.
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Peace Neighborhood Center is sad to announce the departure of our Director of Development Kevin Lill after nearly 13 years serving in that role.  He has been offered a wonderful opportunity elsewhere that he cannot and should not pass up.  While we are saddened to not have him in the office every day, we are excited for him and this next step in his professional career.  Kevin is committed to making the transition go smoothly and to help train and mentor the individual we decide to hire for our development department.

It is difficult to sum up what my time at Peace Neighborhood Center has meant to me, said Kevin. This organization has not simply been a job, but a second home.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for receiving the gift of being a member of this family back in 2007, he continued.  Peace Neighborhood Center is a special organization that I believe has no parallel in the world.  It has been my distinct honor to be involved in its mission and to watch all of the successes it has accomplished. I will forever remain a member of the Peace Family and you can count on that. For about a quarter of the organizations history, I have been doing my best to live up to the legacy of Rose Martin.  It is my hope that I succeeded. As Peace looks ahead at its 50th Anniversary and beyond, I wish it and everyone involved in its mission the absolute best.  I know the next 50 years will be amazing!

Kevins final day of full-time employment will be July 17th.  Please reach out to him before then if you are inclined to extend your regards on the next step of his journey.

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I'm so happy for you, Kevin! But, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad for Peace. You have been such an incredible part of the Peace family and you will be greatly missed.

Kevin- your work and service in our community has been unparalleled. Peace is losing a part of its heart and soul right here. Thank you for all you’ve worked towards We appreciate you! Good luck in your new role- they’re getting a dedicated, smart and passionate employee.

Very mixed feelings about this—Kevin has done a terrific job for PNC and I’m sorry to see him leave the team. He is a terrific professional, and I wish him well in his growing career. Thank you Kevin, Roy

I cannot imagine PNC without you, Kevin! I will miss you so much. You are amazing, and it has been such an honor to volunteer at Peace with you on staff. I am very happy for your new career opportunity and wish you all the best! Sue Muir

You have been a fundamental part of the Peace family for so long, Kevin, and you will be missed more than you know! Best to you as you move forward. Thank you for the love and dedication you've given to Peace and our community. You are simply wonderful and will make a huge impact wherever you go!

Kevin Lill I’m happy for you and your new endeavors! We will truly be missed at Peace. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you on many project over the last 10 plus years. Best of luck in the future and keep in touch!!

Praying for your future endeavors, you will be truly missed! 🥰🥰

Congratulations Kevin. While we only saw you occasionally on Fridays we will miss you and wish you the very best.

How fortunate your new employer is to have hired you! May God bless you in this new position as He guides you in this new chapter of your life.

Congratulations, Kevin. Your contribution to goodness and hope in the world is inspiring. Thank you for all you are and all you do.

Good luck Kevin. Job well done.

We will miss u Kevin snd thanks for your service

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Summer Youth Services are being held at all three of Peace Neighborhood Center's locations this summer: our main site, and our satellite centers at West Arbor and Maple Meadows. Here are some great photos of activities at Maple Meadows. ... See MoreSee Less

Summer Youth Services are being held at all three of Peace Neighborhood Centers locations this summer: our main site, and our satellite centers at West Arbor and Maple Meadows.  Here are some great photos of activities at Maple Meadows.

As much as things change, so much stays the same. It is so very nice to see our young people engaged in summer programs. We may have to imagine the smiles behind the masks, but we know that they are there! ... See MoreSee Less

As much as things change, so much stays the same.  It is so very nice to see our young people engaged in summer programs.  We may have to imagine the smiles behind the masks, but we know that they are there!

Summer Youth Services 2020 start today! Another great summer at Peace! ... See MoreSee Less

Summer Youth Services 2020 start today! Another great summer at Peace!

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Have a great summer Peace family! We will miss you this year 💓

Have fun, you will be missed! 🥰

Peace is always there when needed.

Our impact on

Your Community

16,000 individuals

helped through Washtenaw County

13,000 meals

in youth service

60 young adults

guided into college

Events

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.

Lauren 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