This fundraising campaign is in support of our new Semi-Independent Living and Learning Facility at 15852 Indiana Street on the west side of Detroit. We recently purchased the house from the Detroit Land Bank and this will be our second rehab project. This project combats two problems facing our community: eliminating blight, and giving youth a structured environment to learn and grow in. The building is a 2 apartment flat with 2 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, and a basement with a bathroom. Currently the house is in a state of complete disarray and will require a new roof, and complete interior rehabilitation. Recent inspections have estimated that the materials cost for the project will be $35,000-$40,000 to transform the house from its current state, into a livable home for our youth.About CUYFD:
In 2010 our executive director, Marsialle Arbuckle, wrote a book, “I Have a Story to Tell”, chronicling his life and upbringing in the foster care system. Using his book as a vehicle he sought to share his experiences with others to help them endure and overcome, Marsialle founded the The Center for Urban Youth and Family Developement to spread his message to foster kids in the community.
The Center for Urban Youth and Family Development (CUYFD) is a 501(C)3 non profit organization that focuses on preventing personal problems we believe are facilitated by being raised in a foster care environment, or remediating potential problems through education and information to the community. Our programs focus on three key areas:
- Youth “aging out” of foster care
- Community Action
Our programs are focused on kids in the foster care system about to age out (17-21 years old), those that have just aged out (21-23 years old and up) and the community at large.
The Center for Urban Youth and Family Development hosts a variety of services focusing on the needs of foster care youth throughout our community:
- Semi-independent living facility for youth transitioning out of the foster care system
- After School Step Beyond Substance Abuse Prevention, Life Skills Development Program
- Summer Youth Employment Program
- Teen Parenting Workshops
CUYFD operates Semi-Independent Living and Learning Facilities for foster youth that are transitioning out of the foster care system and into the world as independent adults. We currently run a facility at 15827 Indiana on Detroit's west side. Originally we were gifted this house by Liberty Bank, and subsequenly won a $50,000 grant via the Maxwell House: Drops of Good Campaign. We used the funds to completely rehabilitate the property, which now houses 3 young men aging out of the foster care program. We have helped the young men pursue their GEDs, attain jobs, and learn skills necessary to live a life independent of the foster care system.
Thanks to the Youth Ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Novi we were able to clear away most of the over grown weeds, trees, trash and debris, from the property. Funds will go towards materials needed to rehab the house such as dry wall, tiles, new wires, furniture, carpet, etc. and will be starting the project towards the end of July.
We greatly appreciate any contribution you are able to give, and would like to thank you for taking the time to read about our organization. If you would like more info you can check us out on facebook or website.