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Wayne Metro Invests $500K in Detroit Partnerships

Detroit, MI – Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is pleased to announce recipients of the FY18 Detroit Partnership Funding. This program targets collaborative partnerships addressing community needs to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in the city of Detroit.

The awarded funding is used by 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with established capacity and the ability to leverage resources for innovative, collaborative, and sustainable projects/activities. During fiscal year 2018, the organizations will partner with Wayne Metro to focus on removing barriers to employment, improving college and career readiness, and expand energy conservation. The following six (6) organizations have been selected to partner with Wayne Metro and expand outreach and resources to Detroit residents with low incomes:

  • Alternative for Girls ($70,000) – College Asset Building Program
  • City Connect Detroit ($150,000) – Employability Program
  • EcoWorks ($109,000) – Energy Education & Conservation
  • St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center ($24,000) – Workforce Development Program
  • Vehicles for Change ($107,000) – Affordable Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Wellspring Detroit ($40,000) – College Readiness Program

Wayne Metro is excited to support these partners, and deliver a collective impact to create social and economic mobility for the Detroit residents with low incomes.


As a nonprofit professional, Mary served nonprofit missions making progressive, measurable differences impacting causes related to education, children, health, equality, housing, and the overall advancement of the human condition. Professional administrative and leadership skills executed strategies to successfully achieve outcomes such as acquiring over $90 million in federal, state, and local grant and private resources; reviewing proposals and awarding private and federal funds; building collaborative relationships to expand service capacity; project management for annual campaigns, organizational planning, and community assessments; providing capacity building consultation to nonprofits; and significant work in program design and implementation for vulnerable populations such as low-income Spanish-speaking families and persons with mental illness. For many years, Mary served as a higher education instructor guiding college students in academic and leadership development. As a doctoral learner in the field of Organizational Leadership, Mary continues sharpening knowledge and skills to guide students and professionals through a process of cultivating ideas, exploration and problem resolution, and leadership development.

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