Understanding the importance of community, Detroit native and MSU
grad Marcus Brown opened the Village Summit, a micro community center to provide services for youth and unemployed adults in the area.
According to excerpts from the article:
Living on Barnes Avenue near Washington Avenue for close to 15 years, Brown and his wife, Chitra Pulliam, watched foreclosures and unemployment devastate the area. Pooling their savings for retirement, they decided to invest in the neighborhood.
In February 2009, they purchased an early 20th century home at 119 E. Barnes. The idea was to turn the house into a community center.
“If you see a problem, go for it. If you give people the tools to make decisions, give people the opportunity to work, they will take ownership,” Brown, an august former Marine, said. “People here may not have the money to donate, but they have the time and willingness to help out. The neighborhood has been extremely supportive and has exceeded my dreams.”
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