The Common Grounds

The Commons has just enjoyed its second summer of meeting new neighbors, hosting community gatherings, and creating some tasty new beverages (eg. Faygo Floats and Matcha Lemonades), not to mention cleaning tons of clothes. In March we launched a drop off laundry service, and this summer we extended that service to businesses, our first being an owner of a number of rental properties in the neighborhood who has more laundry each week than they can reasonably wash. That’s where we come in! It’s helpful for us to be able to utilize our washers in off peak hours, and keep busy in slower times.

Local business Sister Pie has announced plans to open a kitchen, small grocery, and cafe a few blocks down from us on Mack Ave. It’s wonderful seeing new business come to Mack, as this is part of what The Commons set out to catalyze years ago as it was designed. They’ve hosted community engagement sessions here at The Commons where members of the community got to voice their opinion and offer ideas for what Sister Pie could offer, and we’ve gotten the opportunity to sit down with the owners as well to discuss what it’s like opening a business here on Mack and how they could help fill the gaps. 

This summer everyone from our neighbor Z’s to Mt. Zion Baptist Church to D&D Storage are all getting facade work done. It’s exciting to see all the energy of the Mack Corridor! 

From the Executive Director's Desk

Dear Family,

As the seasons change, it is incumbent that we take a moment to reflect on all of the beauty we have experienced since the beginning of the year. For me those blessings include, watching my daughter begin first grade, finding an additional church home at Mack Ave Community Church, and most rewarding, being selected as the new Executive Director of MACC Development.

As I transition into my new role my largest focus is becoming a student of 48214. Through my few short months in my new role, I have learned a great deal about all that our neighborhood has to offer. I thank God for the many opportunities He has blessed MACC Development with during this busy time of year. With the start of fall, we are excited to welcome a new season of MACC Sports and cheer on our youth as they embark on yet another fun-filled season of scholarship and athletics.

Our MACC Lit program has made great strides and we are happy to announce that we will be serving nearly 50 students this semester from throughout the city of Detroit. Most notably, during this programming year, is how other education and literacy-based programs have reached out to collaborate with MACC Lit and its leadership to provide a well-rounded and supportive learning environment.

To every neighbor, donor, colleague and friend thank you for your warm welcome and your continued support of MACC Development. Because of you, we can.

Yours in service,

Phaedra Wainaina

Executive Director

MACC Lit is on the move!

This summer was full of adventure at MACC Lit as our K-5th grade students explored science as a means of sharing the Gospel. Middle schoolers joined us with the introduction of Base Camp - a youth leadership and entrepreneurship development program.

Our middle school students are still going strong and learning about financial literacy, working on service projects, and launching business ventures as they practice what they're learning in the classroom.

Fall has arrived and with it comes the beginning of a new semester of tutoring. There are lots of familiar faces returning and even more new students and tutors coming on board. We feel so blessed and are praising the Lord for this outpouring.

Please stand with us in prayer as our middle school students are growing in faith and learning how to lead effectively in their community.

Pray our MACC Lit students and tutors will look forward to their time together and that they will gain a greater understanding of the love the Father has for them.

Pray for all of the students in the 48214. Pray they can retain all they are learning and that their educators are patient in the process.

Thank you for supporting MACC Lit and for partnering with us in prayer.

Warmly,

Alyce Hartman

Director of Education

MACC Lit Summer Camp!

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We're having such a great year at MACC Lit and it's only getting better. Summer's here and it's time for camp! This year's theme is based on the "Elements of Trust" - a science inspired, Christ focused, VBS curriculum where Biblical truth and hands-on science exploration make for unforgettable faith lessons. 

Our summer program also strives to help students continue to excel academically. We'll spend time working on further developing literacy and math skills in preparation for fall.

Ultimately, we desire to share Jesus with the kids we come in contact with throughout the summer. Will you stand with us in prayer as we work to get students registered and interact with them, daily? 

Camp Session 1 

July 9th-25th 

Camp Session 2 

August 6th-22nd


To register your child for camp, please complete an online registration form 
here

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Alyce Hartman at 313.732.9302 ext 702 or alyce@mackave.com

Thank you.

We hope you'll join us this summer!

Neighboring 101 - A Tale from Neighborhood

Hi Everybody!  Our neighborhood says, hello and welcome to the D!

I am Edythe Ford, the Community Engagement Director and Building Operations Manager for The Commons and a lifelong resident of Detroit and the Pingree Park neighborhood.  Detroit 48214 is a resilient community and this is one of our stories.  

Mr. Glenn is a senior on Crane Street, he lives behind me and has been a member of our community since 1969.  He was brought to our attention by my next door neighbor, Mr. Taul, Mr. Glenn was about to lose his home because he could not keep up with his property tax payments.  

With Mr. Taul, I went over to Mr. Glenn's, not only was in really behind in his property taxes, his gas and electricity were shut off!  Working with our community partners, St. Augustine/St. Monica and the St. Vincent De Paul Society we got Mr. Glenn's utilities back on in 2 days!  

Next, we got Mr. Glenn to apply for a property tax exemption and to claim his residence as Personal Residence Exemption.  The Property Tax Exemption is a long time state law which allows low-income Michigan residents to apply to have their property tax exempted yearly, providing they are low income and maintain ownership of the home, there are with no liens or paybacks for receiving an exemption.  The Personal Residence Exemption lowered Mr. Glenn's tax rate for back years he was overcharged, erased a lot of interest, and lowered his tax balance to under $2000 from $6783.  And we weren't done yet, once his balance was under $2000, the State Emergency Relief fund paid the entire $2000 past due balance, he started 2019 with zero house debt, lights, and gas!

I never expect a thank you or gifts, because God says we must care for our neighbors!  Next, I am not good with rewards and accolades because of something we all should be doing, Caring for our Neighbors!!

Fast forward to March 2019 and Mr. Glenn stops by the Commons and hands me an envelope and to apply for his 2019 Property Tax Exemption. The envelope was a happy birthday, thank you card (I still don't know how he knew it was my birthday, he won't tell).  Mr. Glenn has a very small retirement income, but he manages to save a couple of dollars to buy me a Cappuccino for my birthday!!  Helping Mr. Glenn was not the big deal in this story, it what Jesus calls us to do, what is touching, is we get to love our neighbors and get loved back in ways that are far more special than thank you's and gifts.  We get to touch lives in the way Jesus has called us, we give God the glory.

So, the next time you drive thru our old neighborhood, just remember this lesson in Neighboring 101!!  We are not down, we are hopeful, because "with God as our partner, we make our plans LARGER!"

Mission Team Update

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As the Director of Missions & Recruitment, my story is the story I want for all those who come to Detroit as a Mission Team, Volunteer or Intern. When my family came to Detroit in 2014 it wasn't because we chose this city to settle down in. It was because God called us to Detroit. What we knew of the city was blight, poverty, and crime. My wife and I pushed back and tried to tell God that Detroit wasn't even on our list of cities to move to. Apparently, it was the only city on his list. Upon arriving in the city my kids said, "Dad, where are you taking us?" My wife cried every day for the 1st week. My kids only spoke of going back to California. It took some time to get settled in. We started attending Mack Ave Community Church and getting to know other members of the community.

We began to explore the city and its history. It took some time but, we got to know Detroit and Detroit got to know us. We bought our "forever home", near Pingree Park and honestly we wouldn't want to live anywhere else. All the trials and tribulations we have experienced in the last couple of year would have been devastating if we were anywhere else. But this community has loved on us and God has been faithful. What we learned most about Detroit is, it is true what 'they' say about the city BUT there are more truths about Detroit that they don't talk about. The Pride, the Community, and the Love that is here are simply amazing. This is what I want for those who visit. I work, with the help of God, to change their perception of Detroit based on what they heard, to what they see and feel. 

Thank you and God bless

MACC Sports Summer Update

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MACC Sports is more than just a sports league that is providing an opportunity for kids to play the game they love in a safe environment.  Our goal is to change lives and introduce our youth to the love of Christ.  What better way to show your kids that you love them than to spend time with them?  This year for our Soccer for Success Program we scheduled 3 field trips to visit various colleges across the state of Michigan (Michigan State University, The University of Michigan, and Wayne County Community College).  Our staff, coaches and parent volunteers spent a day with our youth touring college campuses and listening to presentations from various college students.  The college students we heard from were awesome; they were from various backgrounds but all were very humble and stressed the importance of having God in their life to help guide and support them as they face the challenges of college.

 

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Most of our youth and some of our parent volunteers had never been on any of the campuses that we visited, so they were having the time of their lives.  There is one conversation that stood out for me this year that kind of brings home why the work we are doing is so important for our youth and families. I had a parent reach out to me thanking me for providing this opportunity for her son.  The parent stated that her son was adopted and has been in some pretty bad situations in a few of the foster homes that he was in.  He also has a learning disability and has been struggling in school to the point where he has almost given up. She has also struggled trying to get him motivated to take an interest in his education or to even pick up a book.  On all of our college visits we have our youth complete a worksheet to prepare and get them thinking about their future, and we make all the youth complete it before they can get on the bus.  During our  “What do you know about college/What do you want to know about college “ activity  she was very surprised that instead of her son getting intimidated or frustrated he became very excited and for the first time he wanted her to help him complete the work sheet so that he could turn it in.  Just hearing the excitement in her voice and knowing that we were able to give her son a little inspiration warmed my heart and let me know that we are making a difference in the lives of our youth. 

MACC Sports is an awesome place to learn the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, football, volleyball and etc. But we are working hard to be much more than a place for our youth to have fun; we also want to plant seeds of greatness in all of our youth so that they accomplish all the great things the Lord has planned for them. 

The Commons Summer Update

The Commons cafe and laundromat is a place where community happens. Sitting on the corner of four distinct neighborhoods, its clientele reflects members of each of those communities and beyond. Neighbors are connecting who otherwise wouldn't have known each other, learning each other's stories and sharing both joys and struggles.

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Recently there was a young woman who moved into a nearby neighborhood and was connecting many of the newer residents and working to form a block club without realizing there was a long standing block club in her community made up of neighbors who had been meeting for years. By coming to The Commons and sharing what she was up to, she was able to get connected to the existing block club and begin forming new relationships with her neighbors.

Executive Director Spring Update

Dear Friends,

I want to start off by thanking those who donated towards our winter fundraising campaign to support The Commons. I am always in awe when God’s people dig in and support the work! There have been some amazing things happening recently that have just been a joy to be a part of.

First, MACC Lit was finally able to relaunch Parent and Child Together time since moving into our new building and held a Black History Month Story Time where our little ones learned traditional African dances and got to partake in a drum circle. Second, MACC Sports hired an amazing Director in Roger Waldon II, who has quickly found ways to engage our youth through a 3v3 Basketball tournament, Speed and Agility Camp and is preparing for the both Spring Soccer and a new Flag Football League! Third, even in the cold weather we’ve been out in the community with volunteers from Cornerstone and Waynesburg University as we look forward to host more mission teams this summer. We’re also preparing to host the much-needed Property Tax Exemption workshops again this year. Last year, MACC Development helped 158 Homeowners in the 48214 receive property tax exemptions! And Finally, this past weekend we were blessed by God’s goodness to be able to have The Commons 1 Year Anniversary Party! The Commons has been a true beacon of hope in our community and has also won multiple community awards. God is so good!

It is with also some great sadness that in January I announced that I would be stepping down from the role as Executive Director in August 2019. Since joining MACC Development in 2016, I have gained valuable experience, meaningful relationships, and—most importantly—a deeper understanding of just how big our God really is. From my first day on the job, I was impressed with the determination of our team. We moved fast and accomplished the incredible despite working remotely for years. We pressed forward with the $1.5 million renovation of The Commons. We found new homes for MACC Lit, launched a new basketball league for MACC Sports, and partnered with the city to revitalize Pingree Park. Looking back, it is amazing to see God work through this team. The awards and media recognition we have received are testaments both to His faithfulness and the innovative leaders and advocates I have worked alongside these past three years.

Furthermore, without your support and without God's unmerited favor, none of what we have achieved these past eight years would have been possible. And so, even as we face another challenging year, we remain undaunted. Indeed, we eagerly anticipate the year to come, mindful of the many years of God's faithfulness to us and to our neighbors.


Grace be with you,                                                  

Ezekiel Harris
Executive Director

MACC Sports Spring Update

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This has been an exciting and busy winter for MACC Sports.  We started the year off with an awesome basketball camp and 3 v 3 basketball tournament; facilitated by the staff and players of the Northpointe Christian High School Basketball Program (Grand Rapids).  We were also blessed with tickets, t-shirts, and food vouchers for two Pistons Game. Special thanks to Andre Drummond and Ish Smith for providing the ticket packages. The Pistons are undefeated when we attend their games; maybe they should send us tickets to all of their playoff games so we can win that NBA title this year, hint hint.

This year we also got off to a great start with our new Speed and Agility Camp.  Our youth were excited to work out their bodies in the gym, their minds during math prep, and their hearts during bible study.  Please keep our youth and our coaching staff in your prayers as we continue to help push them to new heights.

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Registration for soccer and flag football is now open. We are looking forward to another great season as we add flag football and “Soccer for Success” to our programming this spring.  Our “Soccer for Success” program will teach youth ages 9-14 not only how to be good soccer players, but they will also learn about healthy living and how to prepare for high school and college.  We currently have 3 college tours scheduled this year (University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Jackson Community College) for participants.


If you are interested in volunteering and joining us for an awesome spring season visit https://mackave.galaxydigital.com.  As always keep our staff, volunteers and especially our children in your prayers.

Community Engagement Spring Update

Save Money on 2019 Property Tax through the PTE Exemption

Aren’t Taxes a pain? Especially when they keep piling on and it seems no relief is in sight.  Well we have something for you that may makes it almost painless and that is through the Property Tax Exemption (PTE). MACC Development is in the fight to help residents in the 48214 to stay in their homes.  Last year 158 Homeowners in the 48214 applied for property tax exemption in 2018, meaning they did not have pay, and were exempted from 2019 property taxes.

Edythe Ford, MACC Development and repping the 48214, with Mason, informing Detroit homeowners on the PTE and how to save your home.

Edythe Ford, MACC Development and repping the 48214, with Mason, informing Detroit homeowners on the PTE and how to save your home.

This year we are back again hosting FREE Property Tax Exemption Clinics in 2019. These exemptions can help you save some of your hard earned money paid in the form of property tax.  

Now we are starting again for 2019, every 4th Tuesday of the month, 2 pm - 7 pm, at The Commons, MACC Development is hosting our monthly FREE Property Tax Exemption Clinics.  The exemption stops the pile on of back taxes and interest, allows you to catch up with your tax bill or use the money for something important, like fixing your home. We help you complete the application, notarize, and provide a self addressed stamped envelope, ALL FREE.

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The Commons One Year Anniversary!

The Commons celebrates are one year anniversary this month and it’s been a blast.  Awards, recognition, people coming from all over the world to see our project in the hood!!  We are so happy to be an anchor in our community. Our greatest reward is being a place for old skool Detroit and new neighbors to meet, have coffee, and wash clothes together.  Stop by for Open Mic Night every second Saturday at 7 pm, a neighborhood community meeting, or African Stortytelling, Men’s Bible Study and more! No need to go downtown, it’s all here in the hood.

The Commons is the ultimate gathering spot!  We rent space for parties, meetings, concerts and more. View our space rental information at maccdevelopment.com/space.  Contact Edythe at edythe@mackave.com or 313.731.2037 to discuss your next event.

We hope to continue to be humble servants to our neighbors in 2019.  Thanks for your support as we venture into year 2!

MACC Lit Spring Update

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It's been so much fun watching our little ones explore, learn, and grow, during Parent And Child Together Time (P.A.C.T.). This is our program for newborn to 5 year olds and their parents. Throughout the educational hour, we encourage the children to move freely around the room and engage in activities that peak their interest. Our job is to guide them through the learning process, while allowing them to choose their work, independent of direction.

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February was a cause for celebration as we hosted our first Black History Month Story Time Festival at MACC Lit. The community turned out to hear stories, learn about Freedom quilts, and participate in a drum circle and African Dance class.

Join us for Story Time, at MACC Lit, on Wednesdays, from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. or tutoring, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Enrollment, for the 2019-2020 school year starts in May. Summer camp registration opens next month.




The Commons Spring Update

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The winter season gives us all an excuse to hibernate - to stay in on cold afternoons and put off laundry until the snow lets up. The mood at The Commons has reflected this tendency for a few months, but now as everything is thawing we’re coming back strong with a new line of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as launching a drop off laundry service. We’ve got a honey cinnamon latte on the menu, too. Really, there’s too much to summarize - its worth a visit to experience everything that has been going on.

 

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As we celebrate our one year anniversary (what?!?) it’s exciting to look back over all the customers we’ve been able to serve, the conversations we’ve had, awards we’ve won, the difficult moments we’ve grown through and all the jokes and puns our staff shoots back and forth. Some of the most rewarding moments are those when we see folks interacting who wouldn’t otherwise have the shared space to do so - sharing stories, attending meetings, and sharing their talents at open mic nights. A big thanks to all of our customers and supporters over the past year! It’s a pleasure to be able to serve you week after week.


Mission Teams Spring Update

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In the last couple of months, I have been working hard to recruit mission teams and interns for the spring and summer. To help spark interest from churches and organizations, this March I've scheduled several teams looking for a one-day volunteer opportunity. In January, Cornerstone University visited MACC Development with staff and international students who are business and social work majors. I gave them a tour of our building and of the community. I had several speakers from the community share with them how living in Detroit has impacted their lives. They had an awesome time. I am hoping they will like what they see and will want to come back and do a week-long program with us. Please be in prayer about teams who are still considering a trip to Detroit this Summer.

Also, we have an intern who will be working with us this Spring. This will be the first time having an intern stay in our community during the school year. He is taking the semester off to help decide what he will continue to pursue in school. Please pray that his time with us will be productive and his career path will be made clear. I will be looking to have 3 to 6 interns for the Summer as it is a busy time for MACC Development. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about Christian Community Development please refer them to www.maccdevelopment.com/careers


Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

 

It brings me great joy as I look forward to celebrating Christmas remembering God’s faithfulness in opening The Commons this year in our neighborhood! Hundreds of times a week we have neighbors stop in to do their laundry, grab a warm cup of coffee or simply share stories of what Mack Avenue used to be and their hope of what it will be again one day.

As a MACC Development supporter, you know how hard we fought over the last five years to turn what was once piles of dust and old furniture into a place reborn as a beacon of hope and faith.

That is why I am writing to you today. While The Commons has been welcomed with love and support from customers and generous supporters like you, it has not been without some difficulty. Since opening our doors we have unfortunately experienced two separate power surges that not only caused us to close our doors for a few days but also damaged valuable equipment. As a small business operating in a neighborhood where few would dare open a business, these losses in revenue and large, unplanned maintenance costs have put The Commons in a difficult financial position.

While we have used your support thoughtfully and opened the first new business on Mack Avenue in 30 years, hired 100% of our staff from the community, and won various design awards for our beautiful, inclusive space.

We need your help.

You can help us by sending an urgently needed contribution. Our goal is to raise $15,000 ($4,500 which will repair the five broken washing machines, $5,500 to install a surge protector that will safeguard us in the future and $5,000 to help The Commons regain its financial stability). Your investment of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more will directly support our efforts to create a beautiful community space for neighbors and newcomers from across the region.

Your contributions help to make so much good happen at MACC Development – from sports to literacy to legal services. Thank you. I hope you will continue your commitment to The Commons by making a generous gift to MACC Development today. All gifts are tax deductible for this year if received by December 31, 2018.

 

Grace be with you,

Ezekiel Harris

Executive Director

The Commons Winter Update

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In a new, small business, there is rarely a week that goes by that isn’t spectacular. The Commons has won awards, had a power outage that crippled the business, and been able to serve thousands of customers over the past few month. As a staff, we take the most joy in the small moments such as when our customers run into classmates they haven’t seen since high school, or others still walk into the space for the first time and marvel at the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Being that space where MACC Development interfaces with the community means that we get to walk through life with many of the regular customers who come through. 

In October we were one of ten new businesses in Detroit honored with the Commerce Deign Award, showcasing business that not only were design-forward, but also that reflected and promoted its surrounding community. While many of the winners are located in Midtown or Downtown, we were in the minority by being out in the neighborhoods, which is more rare of successful development in Detroit.

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Also in October we experienced a power surge that cut power to the building for a few days and damaged five of our washers. Since then we have started a Crowdrise campaign to raise the funds to fix the washers and purchase a surge protector for the building. Through this effort we have been blessed by incredible support, and are still working toward our goal of $15,000. We plan to reach this through a fundraiser Christmas party on December 21, as well as ongoing online donations. This can be found at www.thecommonsdetroit.com/donate

Through the month of December we’ll be offering our festive peppermint mocha - yet another reason to visit The Commons and experience everything that is happening in our community first hand.

MACC Lit Winter Update

It's hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end. Our MACC Lit students are preparing for Christmas Break and we're getting ready for the beginning of a new semester. In 2019, we'll usher in the start of P.A.C.T. (Parent And Child Together Time) and Play + Learn. 

P.A.C.T. is for children newborn to 2 years of age. Parents and children attend this fun-filled hour, together. Age appropriate and self-directed learning centers. Reading, crafts, playtime and snack provided. Preschool readiness, training, and resources for parents.   

Play + Learn is for preschoolers 3-5 years of age. Children do not attend this program with a parent as Play + Learn works to foster social development and help children learn to relate to one another. We believe that children experience so much through play and creative approaches to learning. We'll come alongside them and pair teacher-directed learning with developmentally suitable curriculum, snacks, crafts, and reading. 

We'll also open our doors, in 2019, to parents and children who would like to use our children's library or drop in for story time. Hours will be posted, in January. 

We are eager to partner with you, in prayer, as we look toward the start of the New Year and get our programs off the ground. Please pray for the MACC Lit staff and volunteers, as we seek the Lord's direction, and pray for the children and families who are served by our ministry.

Thank you for your continued support. 2018 has been filled with blessings!

I pray the Lord blesses you abundantly.

Alyce Hartman

Program Manager, MACC Lit

Mission Teams Winter Update

This November we hosted a team come from Toronto, Canada! Christian Centre Church spent two days with us. They did an amazing job helping clear out three alleys in Pingree Park and cleaned the entire Mack Avenue Community Church building. They all had such servant hearts and were awesome to be around. What I am most excited about is that Christian Centre wants to partner with us in some capacity in the new year as well. Pastors Olu & Trevor from Christian Centre Church are very passionate about continuing this relationship. I have shared this Pastor Leon and have discussed a possible trip to Toronto to visit the church and their community in the hope of strengthening our bond and encouraging each other in the faith. 

We have also been building a relationship with Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Matt Wallace who teaches at Cornerstone and is associated with Friendship Sports International is friends with Pastor Eric and Sarah Russ. Matt and his family really believe in what MACC Development and Mack Ave Community Church are doing here in Detroit. He has made it his mission to get Cornerstone Students out off their comfort zones and show them what we are doing here as well. Matt Wallace, his family, and students from Cornerstone University have been making day trips here once a month since the Spring. He is hoping to build momentum so that perhaps during Spring Break or Summer of 2019, Cornerstone will send a group of interested students to Detroit for a week-long missions trip. 

If you are interested in schedule a day, weekend or week-long trip with MACC Development simple send me an email at charles@mackave.com.

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MACC Lit Fall Update

Summer is coming to a close and fall is quickly approaching. The leaves are changing colors, the sun is setting sooner, and the mornings are growing cooler. 

This change in season ushers in new beginnings at MACC Lit. It signals the end of another successful summer camp and the start of a new school year. 

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Camp was a lot of fun for our young campers, interns, mission teams, and staff. We played endless games of TAG, ran countless relay races, went on big adventures, and survived weeks of temperatures hitting the upper 90's. 

This year's theme was the MAKER FACTORY where we learned just how fearfully and wonderfully made we are and that we were not only created by God, but we are built with a purpose!

We hung out at the Detroit Zoo. We explored the Michigan Science Center. And we discovered the many wild animal habitats, located in our city, at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. We climbed the rock wall at Planet Rock and participated in daily activities that helped us tap into our creativity. 

Before we knew it, our campers were headed back to school and we were planning MACC Lit's Fall 2018 Semester.  This summer was a whirlwind. It came and went so fast. But, we felt the presence of our God in all we did. 

Tutoring begins Tuesday, October 16th and is located at 7900 Mack Avenue. Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 p.m. We're excited and looking forward to seeing new and returning students. 

Literacy tutors are needed and will be trained to work with students in K-5th Grades. Availability both days is not required. 

Contact Alyce Hartman at alyce@mackave.com or (313) 732-9302 ext. 702. for more information or come join us, for coffee, on Wednesdays, from 5-6 p.m. to learn more about the program.

Please keep the MACC Lit staff, tutors, and students in your prayers. Pray for our safety and that the Father provide the continued resources and volunteers. 

Many Blessings, 

Alyce Hartman

Program Manager, MACC Lit


The Commons Fall Update

The Commons is being established as a peaceful, welcoming place where the whole community can gather. Its been a blessing to see folks still excited when they enter for the first time. We’re also pushing forward by adding more signage on the outside of the building, adding items like bagels to the menu, and offering coffee and food catering to groups that are using the upstairs event space. We've even left the building a few times in order to serve coffee at community events.

As we move forward, pray that The Commons would see an increase in foot traffic to both the laundromat and café, and that we could continue serving customers well with the resources we’ve been given.

Check out this Detroit Public Television piece on The Commons!