Peace Neighborhood Center
2021 marks Peace Neighborhood Center’s 50th Anniversary!
Over the last 50 years, Peace Neighborhood Center has helped over 16,000 people across Washtenaw County change the trajectory of their lives, including mine.
I’ve been at Peace most of my life, and have had the privilege of meeting thousands of remarkable people. Each with their own personal story that reflects the hard work they’ve put in to overcome extraordinary obstacles and create a brighter future for themselves. Many of our former “Peace kids” have gone on to careers to give back and pay it forward by helping others. All continue to remind me every day that we really do have the power to help people change their lives.
Know that while Peace has grown over the last 50 years, we have stayed true to our core values, family-style approach, and unwavering commitment to helping people find their greatness. I never get tired of sharing the miracles we witness at Peace every day.
Over the next six months, we will be celebrating “#50yearsofPeace” by sharing a series of 50 Stories & Snapshots here on our website and over our social media channels—to reconnect with our extended Peace Family and to highlight the impact we’ve had on thousands of people’s lives. We hope you share your own story with us.
To mark this milestone, we are looking to raise $1 million and beyond to ensure Peace’s financial future and to invest in three program areas:
- Academic support for Peace youth, including early literacy and reading support
- Transformational road trips, college visits, and other educational activities that seed future possibilities for Peace youth
- Licensed clinical counseling to address the increased need for mental health support among Peace youth and families
I’m extremely grateful for our entire Peace Family—the young people, adults, and families we serve; our talented and committed staff; our dedicated volunteers; and our generous community of donors. Thank you all for playing a role in Peace’s continuing success these last 50 years!
I continue to have faith that together, we can build a more just and equitable community. For all of us.
Peace and Blessings!
Bonnie Billups, Jr.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic impact, we continue to work with our youth and families who experienced extraordinary hardships. Our current programming is focused on these four major areas:
- Academic support for students
- Expanded food distribution opportunities
- Emergency assistance to support those facing lost wages and other financial hardships
- Mental health support to meet the increased need of those experiencing anxiety, increased stress and/or depression
If you are inclined to help, donations can be made through the secure link below. We thank you for your continuing support.
Children, Families, and Individuals
affected by social and economic problems
Our impact on
helped through Washtenaw County
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.