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2017 Empowerment Award: Denzel Donald

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Denzel Donald is a proud and spirited Detroiter who has accomplished a great deal in his young age of 25. A passionate and talented Opera singer, he has traveled to Panama, Africa and Italy to perform for audiences around the world. He writes his own music and studied at Wayne State University’s School of Music.

When Denzel inherited a home on Detroit’s northside from a family member, he quickly found out how much work can be required to turn a house into a home. While the bones of the house were solid, the house had significant issues affecting Denzel’s budget each month.

Denzel first came to Wayne Metro when his water bill climbed to more than $2,400 when a pipe burst. He braved the elements to attend a water assistance fair at a DWSD service center and was disheartened when he saw the long line of people wrapped around the building. He chose to wait, and hope, and see if he was eligible for assistance and is glad he did because he was enrolled that day in the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP). The WRAP program gave Denzel the lift he needed to get help with monthly bill payment, paying down past due arrears and making home repairs.

Denzel says he found the WRAP program water audit one of the most valuable parts of the program. He was impressed with the team who gave him ideas and strategies for simple fixes that made a big impact like changing out faucets and replacing shower heads with water efficient ones. WRAP also paid to fix the broken pipe. Denzel is now a mindful, committed conserver of water. He is able to perform basic upgrades in his home and tells us that through WRAP, his monthly bill has decreased from $300 a month to a manageable $50 a month.

Denzel says, “The program and people at Wayne Metro are a financial and educational blessing. They truly care about the people they help.”

“I am empowered to be a smart homeowner, and to help others find their way to this program.”
– Denzel Donald, Detroit Resident


Hear Denzel’s story in his own words

 

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