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.
Explore personal stories and program highlights that demonstrate Peace’s impact in people’s lives:
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:
- Academic support for youth, including investments in early literacy and child development
- Expanded food distribution and emergency assistance
- A new wellness program to improve our youth and families’ physical, nutritional, and mental health
- 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!
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.