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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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Updates from Co.act Detroit

October 19, 2021 @ 8:00 amJanuary 4, 2022 @ 8:00 pm


Over the past seven months, two of our colleagues, Charnae and Lauren, were part of the Black Healing Justice Project cohort, which was created in partnership with the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) and the Kresge Foundation.

In this month’s blog post, Charnae reflected on her experiences as part of the cohort. She also shared some upcoming events and resources related to mental health and wellbeing. Read more below!

The Feeling Wheel: Developed by Dr. Gloria Willcox PO Box 48363 St. Petersburg FL 33743


When I originally signed up for the opportunity to be a part of this cohort, I thought I would be leaving with only tools and lessons learned to better serve our community at Co.act. I couldn’t have imagined how transformational this opportunity would be for me on a personal level as well.


Over a 6‑month period, L’Orèal McCollum and Dr. Michael Chan-Frazier LPC of BEAM led us through training sessions exploring a range of topics surrounding trauma, mental health and healing within the Black community. My colleague and I admired how BEAM helped create a supportive and brave space every time we connected through Zoom.


Before diving into tough conversations, I loved how BEAM would start off each session with The Feeling Wheel. What I love about this tool is how it challenged me to intentionally take a pause and conduct a body scan to identify what feelings were showing up in my body.


As nonprofit professionals, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the motions of working at a rapid pace that we forget to slow down. This practice served as a reminder to gracefully check-in with ourselves and honor where we are in that moment.” — Charnae Sanders, Co.act Detroit Program Coordinator


BEAM’s Toolkits and Resources

BEAM is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership & Social Justice

The BEAM Emotionally Intelligent Leadership training provides leaders with a wide range of experience with the necessary tools that help  incorporate emotional justice, equity, and wellness  into their approach to leadership, as well as their organization’s practices and processes. This training can be provided in one day or two day segments.

The Journey to Wholeness: Bridging Our Inner and Outer Worlds WELLbinar Series

The Wellbeing Project is focused on catalysing a culture of inner wellbeing for all changemakers. They are inspired by love, care and compassion for all the people who work to build a better world, as well as to support the many causes and movements for which we all work.

They’re offering a series of WELLbinars’ to respond to the pressing and urgent needs of our current times. Topics include creating healthy boundaries, exploring individual and collective trauma, and cultivating somatic awareness.

Community Conversation Series with Healing by Choice! and Detroit Disability Power

August 11th, September 2nd, October 12th, and November 18th

6–8PM ET

The Community Conversation Series is a series of interactive, virtual discussions on the intersections of ableism, racism, and ageism.

Anyone interested in disability justice is welcome to attend. Community Conversations will be held on the following dates: August 11th, September 2nd, October 12th, and November 18th. All events in this series are free to attend.


 Co.Lab Connect

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Co.Lab Connect pairs nonprofit professionals with advisors experienced in a wide range of nonprofit issues. Think of it like a work therapy session; whether you’re looking for practical approaches to a challenge or a nonjudgmental space to talk through an issue, we have a variety of partners who are here to listen!

Read below to learn more and sign up for a free, 45-minute, 1‑on‑1, virtual appointment with people experienced in a range of nonprofit areas!


Finance and Accounting with Apparatus Solutions

Address your organization’s finance or accounting needs with Apparatus Solutions!

Principles and Practices Assessment with Michigan Nonprofit Association

The Principles and Practices assessment is designed to help you assess your organization’s overall health and develop a game plan to address critical areas.

Marketing and Fundraising with EarlyWorks, llc


Discuss marketing, fundraising, and/or where the two intersect with Trish at EarlyWorks, llc!

Talent Development with Apparatus Solutions

Explore opportunities for your organization’s human resources and talent development with Apparatus Solutions!


October 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am 

Tuesday, January 4 @ 8:00 pm 

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