Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López announces the launch of her District 6 Mobile Service Office. A launch party will occur Thursday, Sept. 29 at St. Andrew & Benedict’s Church, 2430 Beatrice, Detroit 48217 as part of the Council Member’s monthly community meeting at 6 p.m.
The mobile office is a Winnebago that was converted into an office space to help increase access to City services for District 6 residents. Castañeda-López’s desire to bring a mobile office into the community started during her initial bid for Council while door knocking the entire district. Recognizing that transportation was a significant barrier preventing many residents from reaching her downtown office, she decided to couple the practicality of food trucks with her passion for serving the community. Thus, the idea of a mobile office was born.
“As I walked through the neighborhoods in my District I knew I would have to change the status quo and be creative about delivering services to ensure residents had access to me and my office. I am a firm believer that access to information is access to power, and increasing access to information and resources for all residents in District 6 and the City is something that I strive to do as a public servant,” said Council Member Castañeda-López. “It is our job as local government to meet people where they’re at and overcome the challenges that hinder us from servicing our communities.”
Castañeda-López is the first and only elected official in the City to provide mobile services. She currently shares a fully staffed district office, the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, with State Representative Stephanie Chang – the only State and City government partnership in Michigan.
Castañeda-López is partnering with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to station the truck in the parking lots of schools throughout the District on a monthly basis. “I am extremely excited to partner with DPSCD to ensure that the office is in the heart of our communities so families and kids can access valuable information and resources.” said Castañeda-López.
Currently, the mobile office is scheduled to visit the following schools:
Zip Site Schedule
48201 Detroit School for the Arts 3rd Thursday
48204 Sampson Webber School 1st Tuesday
48208 Westside Academy 1st Thursday
48209 Western International High School 2nd Tuesday
48210 Munger Middle School 2nd Thursday
48217 Mark Twain Academy 3rd Tuesday
48201 Edmonson Academy 4th Thursday
*This is a draft schedule and is subject to change*
For additional information, contact: 313-224-2450 or 313-757-1039