Peace Neighborhood Center

A Message from Bonnie

Peace Family,

I never imagined in my wildest dreams that 2020 would be the year that it has been. A worldwide pandemic and unprecedented economic challenges. Renewed efforts for social and economic justice not seen since the civil rights movement of the 60’s, sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. A presidential election that drew the largest voter turnout in 100 years. And divisions in how our democracy is viewed through the lens of race, experiences, and where we live. Events this year have revealed disparities in health, access to economic opportunities, and justice—a continuing reality that some have just been awakened to.     

Like you, I have spent more time reflecting this year, trying to figure out how we at Peace Neighborhood can do more to make our community, country, and world a better place. I’ve always believed our garden of humanity is diverse, growing, and beautiful. But it’s in need of work. And while I know that not all the seeds I plant will blossom, I do believe that if we all plant seeds, nurture them with mutual respect, and do the hard work of pulling weeds, others will see our garden and feel the beauty we’ve created. Something beautiful to harvest and share. 

I work to change the world for my children, grandchildren, and yours. So that they will live in a world where justice, equality, and acceptance is the norm. I am honored to work side by side with you, doing what we can to leave a better world for our children.

Tilling the soil in our community and helping it blossom has always been part of Peace’s mission. For almost 50 years, we have been working to reduce and remove the disparities that 2020 has brought into sharp focus. Our programs and services are designed to make all of us better.  

The broad wraparound net that Peace programs cast allows us to address a wide variety of unexpected needs for families when they arise, and to proactively pivot programs to best tackle emerging challenges. 

This fall, we pivoted after-school programs and hosted 175 elementary, middle, and high school students in person each week to ensure they stayed engaged with their education. And as I write this, we are coordinating our annual holiday support for over 250 families, ensuring they will have enough food to eat and special gifts for their kids to open.

So while 2020 has been a year like no other, some traditions still continue here at Peace. And though we still have a lot of work to do, I remain as hopeful as ever. Because we still witness miracles here at Peace every day. All because of your continuing and generous support.

God Bless and Happy Holidays,

 

Bonnie Billups, Jr.
Executive Director

Pictured: Bonnie with two Peace kids at a pre-pandemic family night.

Peace Family,

Our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis is focused on mitigating the effects this is having on our families in these four major areas:

  1. Academic support for students navigating a full virtual courseload
  2. Expanded food distribution opportunities to meet increased need
  3. Emergency assistance to support those facing lost wages
  4. Mental health support for overwhelmed community members

If you are inclined to help, donations made through the secure link below will assist the youth, families, and individuals we serve with virtual learning, putting food on the table, avoiding eviction or utility shutoff, and counseling. During these difficult times, you build bright futures for those we serve.

 

Serving

Children, Families, and Individuals

affected by social and economic problems

Today was a half day for our elementary schoolers. To celebrate all of their hard work on virtual school, Peace decided to throw a little party after classes wrapped up early at each of our centers.

At our main center, kids could choose between creating a craft (tissue paper butterflies!), playing games, and watching a movie - with spontaneous dance parties throughout, thanks to a portable speaker. Our two satellite centers, Maple Meadows and West Arbor, featured opportunties to play Valentine's Bingo, decorate cookies, and create a new "Little Peace" banner.
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Today was a half day for our elementary schoolers. To celebrate all of their hard work on virtual school, Peace decided to throw a little party after classes wrapped up early at each of our centers. 

At our main center, kids could choose between creating a craft (tissue paper butterflies!), playing games, and watching a movie - with spontaneous dance parties throughout, thanks to a portable speaker. Our two satellite centers, Maple Meadows and West Arbor, featured opportunties to play Valentines Bingo, decorate cookies, and create a new Little Peace banner.

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How nice for the kids. If I lived in Ann Arbor, I would love to volunteer for this great organization. Love keeping up with you. Thanks for the posts.

Listen to a conversation with Bonnie and Lucy Ann Lance!
Here is the airing schedule for each station:

WLBY 1290 AM & online at 1290WLBY.com - Saturday, 2/20 at 11:30 AM & Sunday, 2/21 at 11:30 AM

W4 Country, 102.9 FM - Sunday, 2/21 at 5:00 AM

Ann Arbor's 107one (107.1 FM) - Sunday, 2/21 at 6 AM

WTKA Sports 1050 AM - Sunday, 2/21, at 7:30 AM

And Also:
1290 WLBY & online at 1290WLBY.com
Friday, 2/26 at 9:50 AM
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Listen to a conversation with  Bonnie and  Lucy Ann Lance! 
Here is the airing schedule for each station:

WLBY 1290 AM & online at 1290WLBY.com - Saturday, 2/20 at 11:30 AM & Sunday, 2/21 at 11:30 AM

W4 Country, 102.9 FM - Sunday, 2/21 at 5:00 AM

Ann Arbors 107one (107.1 FM) - Sunday, 2/21 at 6 AM

WTKA Sports 1050 AM - Sunday, 2/21, at 7:30 AM

And Also:
1290 WLBY & online at 1290WLBY.com 
Friday, 2/26 at 9:50 AM

Since last March, Peace youth programming has focused on in-person academic support for virtual learning. This shift was necessary to address the emerging needs of Peace youth.

Now that students have fallen into the rhythm of virtual school, we are turning our attention to another important part of youth development: social-emotional learning. Social-emotional activities informally teach our youth how to set and achieve goals, build healthy relationships with their peers, and effectively manage emotion.

Young people need opportunities to discuss, learn, and socialize with their peers and mentors outside of the classroom. With this in mind, we introduced a new event: Saturday young men's get-togethers. Held twice a month, our meetings for middle- and high-schoolers begin with a discussion group, include lunch (a must!), and end with video games and other group bonding activities, piggybacking once a month on Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper meetings.

Last weekend's meeting was a tremendous success. As many parents will attest, any activity that gets their teenage sons willingly out the door by 9:30 am on a weekend must be pretty special.

Pictured: Bonnie Billups, Jr. and a number of Peace middle- and high-schoolers, holding gift cards donated by Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper. Thank you to #wmbk for your support!
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Since last March, Peace youth programming has focused on in-person academic support for virtual learning. This shift was necessary to address the emerging needs of Peace youth. 

Now that students have fallen into the rhythm of virtual school, we are turning our attention to another important part of youth development: social-emotional learning. Social-emotional activities informally teach our youth how to set and achieve goals, build healthy relationships with their peers, and effectively manage emotion.

Young people need opportunities to discuss, learn, and socialize with their peers and mentors outside of the classroom. With this in mind, we introduced a new event: Saturday young mens get-togethers. Held twice a month, our meetings for middle- and high-schoolers begin with a discussion group, include lunch (a must!), and end with video games and other group bonding activities, piggybacking once a month on Washtenaw My Brothers Keeper meetings.

Last weekends meeting was a tremendous success. As many parents will attest, any activity that gets their teenage sons willingly out the door by 9:30 am on a weekend must be pretty special.

Pictured: Bonnie Billups, Jr. and a number of Peace middle- and high-schoolers, holding gift cards donated by Washtenaw My Brothers Keeper. Thank you to #WMBK for your support!

Due to the incoming snowstorm, Peace staff will be working from home tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16), and all of our centers will be closed. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to the incoming snowstorm, Peace staff will be working from home tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16), and all of our centers will be closed.

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Stay safe.❤️

stay warm and safe inside, everyone.

Stay safe everyone.

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