On the corner of Lothrup and Woodward, there is a special place that has served the families of Detroit for over 20 years. Once known as Youthville Detroit, created under the careful guidance of the legendary youth advocate, the late Gerald Smith, the facility has served as the hub for Youthville programs, the site for Plymouth Educational Center’s High School and more. In late 2015, one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhood human services agencies, Franklin Wright Settlement (FWS) purchased this important community asset with the goal of making it the hub for community service at the intersection of Detroit’s Midtown, New Center and North End communities.
With this purchase, one of the oldest non-profits in the city broadened their services to five campuses that include The Family Place and the Sophie Wright Branch office. The 73,000-square-foot, Woodward Ave. facility has been used to expand Franklin-Wright’s youth programming efforts. A portion of the building will be outfitted for an Early Head Start Child Care Center, with services including enriched child care, daily drop-in, respite, before and after care, early childhood intervention and parenting support programs.
Current tenants that occupy about 11,000 square feet of the building, are the Henry Ford Health System, which has a clinic in the building; Michigan State University, which has an extension program in the building; and it serves as the headquarters for Don Bosco Hall, a youth services nonprofit. Franklin-Wright plans to build solid partnerships with these tenants to ensure engagement of individual professions and professional practices that align with the redevelopment and culture of the neighborhood.
Among the programs FWS is offering this summer is the nine week Summer Enrichment Program. The program is designed to nurture youth utilizing comprehensive strategies to help strengthen literacy, math skills, cultural enrichment and violence prevention with weekly field trips. Registration is open now and space is limited. Please click here for more information on the application process. FWS is also home to a suite of senior outreach services including an enhanced fitness program, Food and Friendship, FWS Caring for Caregivers and more.
Franklin Wright Settlements main campus is located at 3360 Charlevoix St, Detroit, MI 48207. For more information on their programs and New Center Detroit site please visit them online atwww.franklinwright.org or call (313) 579-1000.