DETROIT, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Bishop Edgar L. Vann, Jr., President & CEO and Scott Alan Davis, Executive Director of Vanguard Community Development Corporation (CDC) were joined by Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, several new residents and special guests at the unveiling of the Vanguard Community Development Corporation's Cameron Court Senior Village today at 8600 Cameron near I-75 and the Clay/Grand Exits. "Unveiling Cameron Court to Detroit is one of my happiest moments and represents 15 years of untiring dedication on behalf of Vanguard's board and staff," said Vann. "To know that we can offer affordable and luxurious living for our seniors, in addition to much needed services, is a major milestone for all of us," he said. The $9M, 52,000 square foot facility has 48 one and two bedroom units, full meeting facilities, an activities room, a massage room and salon, and medical, legal and transportation services for both Cameron Court and North End area seniors. "Cameron Court represents hope and promise for a revitalized Detroit. I congratulate Vanguard Community Development Corporation for serving our seniors with this beautiful facility," said Mayor Bing. News Anchor Rhonda Walker of WDIV Local 4 was the master of ceremonies.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano praised Vanguard for its multifaceted approach to community enhancement. "I appreciate the way in which Vanguard serves basic needs, education, training, housing and more, this is a worthy non-profit organization," he said. The North End of Detroit has a large senior population. "Cameron Court represents Vanguard's commitment not only to the North End of Detroit but also to its senior citizens. As a non-profit organization, we really do seek to improve the lives of children, adults and seniors in our community and beyond," said Davis. "We have achieved all the goals we set out to meet five years ago," he added. Due to high demand for quality and affordable senior residences, Cameron Court became 95% leased months before its opening. Cameron Court resident Thelma Mitchell says she feels "blessed" to have found Cameron Court. "A year ago, I worried about all the maintenance my house needed, new doors and windows, and was praying to find a way to get them. Today, I have so much more with this beautiful new home," she said.
Vanguard CDC is a small non-profit organization located on Grand Boulevard in the heart of the North End adjacent to Detroit's New Center Area. Operating on less than $800,000 per year, Vanguard's mission is major, including providing programs for youth including after school and summer programs related to arts, sports and urban gardening, GED training and entrepreneurial and business development training for adults from its Milwaukee Junction Business Center, re-entry programs for returning citizens and now senior services through Cameron Court Senior Village. To celebrate 15 years of service to the community, a series of events and programs are being produced that will take place on or near the 15th of each month throughout the year (see attached preliminary calendar).
The year will culminate in the fall with a major community dialogue event to highlight the work of Vanguard's "Boys to Men" program, which teaches young males to stay in school and on the path of success. The dialogue will feature a panel of presenters and a keynote speaker to have an interactive discussion about improving the high school graduation rate in Detroit. In addition, "Come Home" Raffle tickets will be on sale beginning June 15 for $15 each and will result in the raffle of a house on Nevada provided by Chase and a number of runner up prizes.
The colorful, state-of-the-art Cameron Court Senior Village was designed by RDL Architects and made possible by the City of Detroit, Charter One Bank, National Equity Fund, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Detroit Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Atwell Hicks, BVS LLC, Warren Dean and Associates and The NRP Group. Vanguard CDC is located at 2785 East Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Telephone 313.872.7831 and visit www.vanguardcdc.org.
2009 Events Calendar
Program Date Location
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3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 7/18/09 Second Ebenezer Church
for ages 16 and up/$15 per team
Urban Arts Collective
Youth Art Exhibition 8/15/09
Oakland West Groundbreaking 9/15/09 45 Single Family Homes
Boys 2 Men Community Dialogue
High School Retention Forum 10/17/09 TBD
Come Home House Raffle
Awarded 11/15/09 Vanguard CDC Office
5,000 for $15 "Come Home" House Raffle
2009 Ongoing ~ Tickets will be available mid June in Glory Supermarkets
Contact: Peggy Goodwin, APR
SOURCE Vanguard Community Development Corporation