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Hope House

Located at 15894 Greydale St., Detroit, MI 48223

Building partnerships in Brightmoor and improving Hope House property

Hope House Fall
View of Hope House from northwest corner of the property, Fall 2015

 

Hope House winter
Hope House building slated to become Agroecology Center

In 2011, Voices for Earth Justice purchased 5 lots with two buildings at the corner of Greydale and Puritan in northwest Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood. The houses had been empty for five years, and were badly damaged. One section had to be deconstructed--see the video of the process here. With the help of neighbors, local partners and many volunteers, we completed the rehab of one building as a caretaker cottage, and we are close to completion of the second building as a community center. Gardens were restored and three new flower gardens have been built.

Rain Garden at Hope House!

A grant from Freshwater Future assisted with creating a rain garden in front of Hope House in the summer of 2014. What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a garden which takes advantage of rainfall and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection. Usually, it is a small garden which is designed to withstand the extremes of moisture and concentrations of nutrients, particularly Nitrogen and Phosphorus, that are found in stormwater runoff. Rain gardens are sited ideally close to the source of the runoff, and slow the stormwater as it travels downhill, giving the stormwater more time to soak in, and less opportunity to gain momentum and erode the soil, or go in the sewers. Rain gardens are beautiful, and they provide habitat for many birds and butterflies.

Rain Garden group shot
Click here to view an album of Hope House rain garden construction!

Many hands make light work!

Rodney Edmonds
Board member Rodney Edmonds put up siding in the community center in April 2014.

 

Sister Janet
Sr. Janet Stankowski, Development Director, led a group of gardeners in picking up leaves in fall 2013.
Ed McCrary
Ed McCrary installed exterior lighting on both buildings in February 2014
Catholic Heart volunteers
Five of the 300+ Catholic HEART Workcamp volunteers spent June 25 and 26, 2014 at Hope House. Thanks Connor, Peter, Maria, Rachel, and Will for painting, raking, weeding, and mulching. You made a big difference!

Visit our photo galleries and blog for the latest activity at Hope House.