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

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has a meeting that airs tonight @6PM!! They will be informing the public on what the plan is for the upcoming school-year. Please tune in and watch to stay aware and make your voice heard. Here is the link for where you can watch the live stream: www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/ctn/Pages/watch.aspx. You can also watch live on CTN’s Educational channel. ... See MoreSee Less

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has a meeting that airs tonight @6PM!! They will be informing the public on what the plan is for the upcoming school-year.  Please tune in and watch to stay aware and make your voice heard.  Here is the link for where you can watch the live stream: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/ctn/Pages/watch.aspx.  You can also watch live on CTN’s Educational channel.

Just a reminder of how fast time flies. Hard to believe this was five years ago...A look at the final day of Summer Youth Services 2015 and the Celebration performances of our youth. ... See MoreSee Less

Just a reminder of how fast time flies. Hard to believe this was five years ago...

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Desirée look at Corinne and Leila!! ❤️

Our Friday Food Distribution is ongoing all summer in partnership with Food Gatherers! Stop on by, 9:30 to noon. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Friday Food Distribution is ongoing all summer in partnership with Food Gatherers! Stop on by, 9:30 to noon.

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Love all that fresh produce! Thank you to the team at Peace Neighborhood Center for making sure kids have nutritious meals all summer long!

Doing some workout drills to stay in shape this summer. Physical fitness is easy to lose track of in a regular summer, and has been difficult to maintain throughout the pandemic. Nice to get to an old-fashioned sweat under the sun today. ... See MoreSee Less

Doing some workout drills to stay in shape this summer. Physical fitness is easy to lose track of in a regular summer, and has been difficult to maintain throughout the pandemic.  Nice to get to an old-fashioned sweat under the sun today.

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