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Riverfront East Congregational Initiative

RECI is a collaboration of seventeen (17) diverse faith based communities who believe our congregations are strong community assets.  As our third year of operation begins, we, the lay liaisons representing these congregations, are working to continue supporting community and business assets, providing knowledge, programs, and access to resources available in our east side communities.  We believe a more informed community will become, or continue to be, an empowered community.

RECI Community Asset Map

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Riverfront East Congregational Alliance’s Brief History and Accomplishments

By: Glorious Aaron-Fambreau, RECI Liaison

Our LUV D Eastside Local Economic Development Campaign Committee identified and certified ten (10) businesses as community assets.  These businesses provide services, goods and/or support within our eastside communities.  If you are looking for a place to do your marketing, shop in Indian Village Market on East Jefferson or Lafayette Foods on East Lafayette Blvd.  For delicious breads and pastries, head over to On the Rise Bakery on McClellan.  Want to get away from cooking?  Enjoy a mouthwatering meal at The Sunday Dinner Company on East Jefferson Avenue or They Say Restaurant on Joseph Campeau.  Garalino's Pizza & Deli on East Jefferson Avenue will supply you with a wonderful selection of salads, pizzas, deli platters, and much more.  For those special occasions when you want to say it with flowers head to Korash Florist on Gratiot Avenue. Gardella Furniture on East Gratiot Avenue has just the right piece of furniture for that special room in your house or office.  Tools, supplies and assistance for completing home repairs and projects, as well as account services for businesses and local churches, are available at Gratiot True Value Hardware on Gratiot.  A long established business that not only provides service during times of loss, but also is supportive of numerous community causes and activities is Swanson Funeral Home located on East Grand Blvd.  The exact locations of these businesses are shown on the RECI Community Asset Map.

 

We hosted two congregation-wide book discussions.  Not only were members of the various congregations in attendance, but so were members of the community at large.  They shared delicious meals, followed by spirited conversations about the books "The Help" and "The Color of Water".  These two events gave community members opportunities to meet and greet each other in a social setting. We will be hosting future RECI dialogue events like “We Are Not Ghosts” above.

 

Three Community Resource Fairs and People's Festivals were held to give community members information about various resources available in our congregations.  Representatives from other community organizations, government, social service agencies, insurance planners, and health care providers were a few of the additional resources on hand.

 

There are tremendous amounts of city owned land within our community.  For those community members interested in obtaining some of these properties, we partnered with the Detroit Food Policy Council and hosted a Public Listening Session.  Information was given about the process involved in purchasing these properties.

 

Emphasis on creating healthier cooking and eating habits is prominent in our society today.  With this in mind, what better way to begin our third year than hosting our first annual Harvest Taste Fest at Gleaners Community Food Bank, Saturday, September 29, 1012?  The RECI Faith and Food Committee worked diligently to organize this event.  We hope you were able to join us.  Information about gardening, healthy eating habits, and healthy cooking was available.  Those persons who have a garden, or were interested in starting one, took the guided tour of Earthworks Urban Farm.  Information and education tables also contained additional information.

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