When I moved back to Detroit, I made a commitment to be part of the resurgence of my hometown. One of the ways I have been doing this is through my services as part of Detroit Synergy Group Steering Team. By the time I became part of this organization, a lot of changes were going on. It was almost too much change. There were times that I rethought committing to this particular group, but my instinct told me to stay. I did and I am glad that I have.
September or 2012 was the 10th anniversary of the organization and at that time, leaders of this group, including myself, really stopped to look at what this group has achieved and what we want to do in the future. The results of that discussion were that we know that we have achieved a lot with Detroit citizens doing the load of the work. Our first 10 years really focused on developing projects that brought people together in downtown and midtown Detroit. Now we are changing gears and taking our energy and time to the neighborhoods of Detroit. For this city to grow and really come back, the neighborhoods have to grow. So the new project is DSG House. This will be a grand endeavor for DSG and for Detroit, but anything worth doing takes great energy and faith.
I have enjoyed so many things and have had many wonderful experiences because of Detroit Synergy Group and now, I want more people in the neighborhoods like the one I grew up in and the ones that many of my friends live in and grew up in to have similar experiences. Another thing that I hope this project does is bring more people who only use downtown Detroit and midtown Detroit into the neighborhoods like East English Village, Hubbard-Richard, LaSalle College Park, Petosky-Otsego and others and that they will have a new love for Detroit that could only come from being in the neighborhoods.
I think this project will bring me another step closer to my purpose of being here on this earth, to create things that change the world.