Peace Neighborhood Center

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

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for tonight's Thanks for Giving event! Our hearts are full. Phones are still open until 8:30 pm, if you're feeling inspired to call in your donation - just call (734) 662-3564 to make your pledge or pay by credit card. Alternately, you can text TFG2020 to 44-321 to make your gift by text, or simply donate at peaceneighborhoodcenter.org/donate/. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to everyone who joined us for tonights Thanks for Giving event! Our hearts are full. Phones are still open until 8:30 pm, if youre feeling inspired to call in your donation - just call (734) 662-3564 to make your pledge or pay by credit card. Alternately, you can text TFG2020 to 44-321 to make your gift by text, or simply donate at https://peaceneighborhoodcenter.org/donate/.

The countdown has begun - 1 hour until the Thanks for Giving virtual event! Tune in to www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBy60zpXUwI&feature=share from 7 - 7:30 pm to watch an inspiring virtual program celebrating the collective impact of our Peace Family! All are welcome.

We are thrilled to present the debut of a film about Peace's work, created by former Peace kid, U-M grad, and talented videographer Charde Madoula-Bey. Feel free to share this link with your circles - let's spread the word about the life-changing work that YOU make possible!Peace Neighborhood Center "Thanks For Giving " 2020 Together Even When We're Apart Thursday Nov 19th, 2020. Celebrating The Peace Family.
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Great video. Good to see so many familiar faces when we picked up our meals - Kevin, Annabelle, MaryAnn and Bonnie😍

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Bravo! Congratulations to you all. This was a welcomed experience to view in my feed. Thank you for sharing and keep up the much needed work. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Hope you join us tomorrow Thursday 11/19 @7pm!Peace Neighborhood Center "Thanks For Giving " 2020 Together Even When We're Apart Thursday Nov 19th, 2020. Celebrating The Peace Family. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks For Giving Virtual Event
Want to know what's got Ella upset? Watch our "Thanks For Giving" Virtual event Thursday 11/19/2020 7pm est. We will post the link tomorrow! You don't want to miss it!
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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