Community Resource Forum is a 501c3 nonprofit that began when Kenneth L. Scott convened a meeting of case managers from several non-profits and several community stakeholders, to conduct a vendor style expo for a site in Northeast Detroit. They saw that there was a need in our underserved communities for resources, that residents in those communities, were simply not privy, due to a lack of education, finance, technology and a host of other factors. They realized that by conducting that forum, that there was a need for them and that need could be met.
Shortly after the Forum’s founding in October 2010, it established its mission:To empower, stabilize and transform our communities by supplying resources that contribute to the resident’s quality of life via education, finance, health, housing, jobs, law, public safety, senior and veteran services, thus enhancing community awareness and increasing accessibility. It has since become a monthly series of expos and workshops with the aforementioned components, being the cornerstone of the forums.
Community Resource Forum works to collaborate with residents, block clubs, neighborhood associations, churches, schools, social networks, civic and community organizations, in order to connect them to the services of various nonprofits, for profits and government departments on one date, at one time, under one roof at their “No Family Left Behind” events.
As a result, Community Resource Forum will conduct monthly “No Family Left Behind” events throughout the year. The goal is to rotate these forums in different communities within the targeted cities of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Scott said, “As we continue to increase our penetration into these communities and continue to align ourselves with various resources, our hope is that the underserved become better served by having accessibility to these resources”.
We are bringing together over 50 service providers, nonprofits, for-profits and governmental agencies and departments; and conducting over 20 workshops that will help enhance community awareness and increase accessibility to resources that these communities would not be ordinarily be privy.
Join us Saturday, June 9, 2012 between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm, at Henry Ford High School, 20000 Evergreen Rd, Detroit, MI 48219, in Northwest Detroit, Kicking It off at 9:00am -10:00 am with Zumba Fitness, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Weight Watchers & FREE Healthcare Screenings (Exercise, Nutrition, A Health Plan & OnSite Health Screenings).
Among the services that will be provided, from 10:00am – 3:00pm are: GED Learning Labs, Career Schools Fair(For Those Seeking Certifications); DTE Bill Payment (DTE & THAW), FREE Onsite Healthcare Screenings (Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, HIV/ AIDS); Budget & Credit Fair (FREE Information From HUD & MSHDA Housing Counseling Agencies); College Fair, (Michigan Colleges & Universities and Historically Black Colleges & Universities); Homeownership Fair (Homeownership Is Back With The Detroit Association Of Realtors), Veteran Services Fair);Housing Options (Rental Information, Section 8, Weatherization; Senior Services Fair (AARP & Others); Housing Rehab Fair (City of Detroit & Others); Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills (Update Your Skills); Assistance With Online Job Applications & Free Email Addresses; Voter Education & Registration (Get Registered & Vote For 2012 & 2013 Elections); Criminal Record Expungement (Wayne County STEP Program); Ask The Lawyer (Child Support, Guardianship, Divorce, Social Security, Landlord/ Tenant Laws, Probate, Living Wills & Trusts); Community Organization Fair; and a Public Safety Fair.
For more information, please call (313)744-6352. Please visit us on Facebook, Community Resource Forum, Bringing Resources To Your Community”; follow us on Twitter @ nofamleftbehind; and log onto our web site, www.CommunityResourceForum.org.