In October, 2004, Mildred Hunt Robbins and Tommie E. Robbins, Jr., telephoned their neighbors with the hope of addressing community issues on West Grand Boulevard.  The first call to Henry Ford Hospital was directed to Security Officer, Captain John Weigle, and resulted in the scheduling of the first meeting of what would become the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service on June 13, 2005.  The founding meeting was hosted by HFH in the Clara Ford Pavilion on October 28, 2004.  The meeting ended with a consensus that our shared concerns would best be addressed through cohesive community action.

Since then, the WGBC has met on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m.  Our monthly meetings are hosted by WGBC Members on a rotating basis.

 Mission

To partner with neighbors and supporters to uplift and stabilize our community at the highest level of safety and aesthetic appeal, and to enhance and support good stewardship of natural resources.

Vision

To initiate, implement and foster community development through programs and projects that create and support safety and beautification using low-impact and sustainable infrastructure, landscape improvements and eco-friendly stormwater management strategies that incorporate public art, and opportunities for education and job training.

The architecture students at Lawrence Tech Detroit Studio, in collaboration with the WGBC, wish to create a network of multi-purpose bike parks where the rich history of West End Detroit will be mapped, narrated and illustrated to highlight the local culture that produced greats like Aretha Franklin, Willie Horton, and the artists who created the Motown Sound.
We received a challenge grant from the Knight Foundation, which will double our funds for the project if we can raise $10,000 by April 30, 2017! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A tribute to Freshwater Future, an organization dedicated to healing and fostering our waters and a great friend to WGBC.

 

A Freshwater Future Haiku
                                              
Freshwater future
is the birthright of our heirs,
and ours to secure.
© Mildred Hunt Phelps 

 

Henry Ford Health System has purchased the Comerica branch office on W. Grand Blvd. and Sterling St., in the Northwestern Goldberg neighborhood of our West End Detroit (WEdetroit) community.  The branch will make an interim move to the Fisher Bldg. before a final move to Third and W. Grand Blvd.  Click here to read the Comerica letter to their customers.  

At our 12th Annual Event, Breakfast on the Boulevard, on November 17, 2016, the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative was presented with the Spirit of Detroit Award.

Click here to read the letter of thanks to the Detroit City Council.

wgbc-spirit-award

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Thank You
WGBC wishes to thank its Supporting and Sustaining members:

Detroit Area Agency on Aging
Henry Ford Hospital

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