Detroit Safe Community Collaborative

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In the spring of 2007, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan formed the Detroit Safe Community Collaborative. This was an outgrowth of the work of the Hudson-Webber Foundation and its long commitment to working with the community to enhance safety for residents, businesses and visitors. The Detroit Safe Community Collaborative is a group of local funders with a shared interest in community safety. The core members of the Detroit Safe Community Collaborative are the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the McGregor Fund, the Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Most recently, the United Way of Southeast Michigan has joined the Collaborative. Through collaboration and focused investments, the project is intended to promote public safety and reduce recidivism among former prisoners. The Collaborative represents a true partnership between the foundation community and the Wayne County/Detroit MPRI and its partnerships that include not only the Michigan Department of Corrections, but other state departments that provide services so essential to former prisoner success. Partner departments at the state level include: Human Services (family and child welfare issues), Labor and Economic Growth (training and employment issues), Community Health (substance abuse, mental health and physical health issues), and Education. Research shows that the greater the degree to which former prisoners are engaged in the human service delivery network, the greater their chances of success. Therefore, these partnerships are critical to reducing crime.
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