February 19th, 2014

Closing thoughts…

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

Last year was a profound one for Replanting Roots. We successfully launched a series of programs in our pilot year: Entrepreneurship 101 courses at Macomb Correctional Facility; four“Tear Down & Build Up” work weeks where past program participants lead crew of recently returned citizens on week long work projects . . . → Read More: Closing thoughts…

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July 1st, 2013

Tear Down / Build Up 2013 underway!


Replanting Roots is underway, and working hard together with our community partners to make space for Farm City Detroit.  Last month, led by Clinton Borders, one of our Council members and past program participant, 12 returning citizens worked side by side with volunteers from General Motors, community members, and Motor City Blight Busters to clean and . . . → Read More: Tear Down / Build Up 2013 underway!

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April 19th, 2013

Entrepreneurship 101 in session at Macomb Correctional Facility

After much patience and persistence, we are proud to have started teaching 26 incarcerated students the basics of business planning.  With the help of our volunteer teachers, Anna Kohn and Benjamin Mitchell, and the education staff at Macomb, we are sharing our experienced and a custom designed curriculum to assist the students in writing their own . . . → Read More: Entrepreneurship 101 in session at Macomb Correctional Facility

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March 15th, 2013

Farm City Detroit Partnership Taking Root


It’s been a long, but busy winter here in Brightmoor. Since our Tear Down, Build Up project with Motor City Blight Busters in November, we have been bringing minds and visions together to work together under the banner of Farm City Detroit. Essentially, Motor City Blight Busters has been tearing down blighted homes around . . . → Read More: Farm City Detroit Partnership Taking Root

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March 12th, 2013

Growing our Board

Replanting Roots is proud to announce that Gregory White is joining our Board of Directors, as Treasurer. Greg is a Detroit native, a graduate of the University of Michigan, and of Harvard University. He also completed graduate coursework in Public Policy at Baruch College as a National Urban Fellow. Most recently he graduated . . . → Read More: Growing our Board

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December 25th, 2012

Planting the seeds for next year’s fellowship

As the year draws to a close, I am filled with hope, as the past three years of work developing the foundation for Replanting Roots is taking hold, and the prospects for creating a dynamic small business fellowship for returning citizens are bright.  We have successfully built partnerships with established non-profit partners in the community, grown . . . → Read More: Planting the seeds for next year’s fellowship

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December 12th, 2012

Fun Fun Fundraising!

We are moving full steam ahead to gather the resources for our pilot program next year. Developing the curriculum, negotiating purchase of a property, searching for talented staff to hire. All this will require funds, so after years of flying under the radar, we are hosting a few small fundraising dinners. No tickets . . . → Read More: Fun Fun Fundraising!

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November 20th, 2012

Tear Down & Build Up

Pilot program with Motor City Blight Busters . . . → Read More: Tear Down & Build Up

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October 11th, 2012

Prepping for a great spring

First day in the new office

It has been a very exciting late summer & fall for Replanting Roots. In June, we were given a very generous $30,000 planning & development grant, to jump start a few programs this year and enable Harry Reisig, our founder, to devote his full time and energy towards our pilot program. Since then, we’ve . . . → Read More: Prepping for a great spring

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February 2nd, 2012

In the news…

For too long, reporters loved to tell the story of Detroit’s decay, illustrated by haunting photos of abandoned factories and empty lots.  Thankfully the tides have turned, and more and more people are excited to hear about positive programs and people working hard to uplift the city so many call home, whether they live in the . . . → Read More: In the news…

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