The Kresge Foundation has announced a $750,000 grant toward a $2 million renovation of a job readiness center in Detroit.
The renovation of the North End Workforce Readiness Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility in the city's North End neighborhood, is made possible by an agreement involving Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, JPMorgan Chase, Detroit LISC, and Vanguard Community Development Corp., which owns the building. When the renovation is completed, the center will be an integral part of Goodwill Detroit's Flip the Script program, a self-empowerment initiative designed to break down employment barriers for at-risk men and women in Detroit and Wayne County by providing them with literacy training, job skills, and GED certification. O'Brien Edwards Construction, a minority-owned firm on the same block as the Vanguard-owned building, has been hired as lead contractor on the project and will provide Flip the Script students with on-the-job training opportunities. Kresge has been a supporter of Flip the Script since its inception in 2003.
"This is another beacon of hope for the North End community," said Wendy Lewis Jackson, deputy director of Kresge's Detroit Program. "In addition to the immediate impact that Flip the Script has for hundreds of graduates annually, Vanguard and Goodwill will soon have additional space for programming that benefits the community. This project furthers the Kresge Detroit Program’s focus on supporting green, healthy, active neighborhoods across the city of Detroit."