Flint Neighborhood Engagement Hub’s new director will energize resident-led efforts

Flint Neighborhood Engagement Hub’s new director will energize resident-led efforts

Neighborhoods are the backbone of any community and, in Flint, they are the epicenter of its recovery efforts. Nowhere is the city’s community character and warmth more evident than in its neighborhoods. Residents showcase community strength and resilience. They are buoying community spirit and, yes, rebuilding their neighborhoods and their lives. The Neighborhood Engagement Hub […]

Fall ushers in mobile food pantry’s free harvest distribution

Fall ushers in mobile food pantry’s free harvest distribution

Fall might bring weather changes, but it won’t change the neighborhood rounds made by one of Flint’s most reliable sources of fresh, healthy groceries. Supported by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the mobile food pantry will continue distributing goods rich in calcium, vitamin […]

TheHUB Flint launches its City Cars campaign

TheHUB Flint launches its City Cars campaign

It can fall into the “life-changing decisions” category. For better or worse, the vehicles we choose impact not only our daily routines and sense of convenience, but our long-term success and failures in everything from career options to credit scores. An affordable, used car can be a great investment by a single parent in need […]

Flint development organization needs votes to win $5,000

Flint development organization needs votes to win $5,000

Helping address housing challenges is the goal of an organization now in need of help from the city it serves. Communities First, Inc. is eligible to receive $5,000 in grant funds through a statewide Investing in Communities program, sponsored by Independent Bank, but winning the award depends on votes. Communities First is responsible for affordable […]

Piano man takes to the streets and straits of Mackinac

Piano man takes to the streets and straits of Mackinac

I’ve met lots of people but few have been more memorable than Mark “Mr. B” Braun, founder and president of Mr. B’s Joybox Express. He has enormous talent that is seemingly dwarfed by his oversized heart. This guy’s a giver. Once recognized as the youngest living member of the National Boogie Woogie Piano Hall of […]

Flint developer will attend international urban planning conference

Flint developer will attend international urban planning conference

Community developer Glenn Wilson will travel to New Castle, Australia, following his selection as a participant in the Next City Vanguard Conference that brings together notable young, urban innovators. Wilson, president and CEO of Flint-based Communities First, Inc., was chosen from 220 applicants who’ll assemble with a range of other professionals including architects, artists, urban […]

Crim symbolizes community’s race to finish line

Crim symbolizes community’s race to finish line

If life is viewed as a race the city of Flint has become a major competitor. The training regimen of uphill climbs through economic downturns and unemployment has strengthened its legs. Accepting the uncertain, but ongoing, challenge of reinvention has built its endurance. Factoring unforeseeable illness and efforts to recover from the issues associated with […]

Energizing Flint: $2 million pledge to support Flint high school graduates is welcome news

Energizing Flint: $2 million pledge to support Flint high school graduates is welcome news

Two million: That’s the commitment that Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and the Consumers Energy Foundation collectively pledged toward creating a Flint Promise scholarship fund for Flint high school graduates. Consumers Energy Foundation’s $1 million commitment is the largest it has ever given, according to company officials, who distributed $840,000 to Genesee County-based nonprofits over […]

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