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Romance and Healthy Relationship’s Series February 10, 2018 hosted by @batchelordavis Group LLC

Romance and Healthy Relationship’s Series

Thinkers Co-Working Space and Lofts

14346 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI

February 10, 2018

Featuring Leslie Griffin, Certified Life and Relationship Coach

 Hasani and Shelbi Ali, authors of Fasting: How to make your love electric

Romance authors spin tales of love, lust and happily forever after, however when the reality of life hits, washboard perfect abs, that rich bank account, nice car or that fabulous life may not be able to keep up the fire in a relationship. Learn how to have a healthy relationship, appropriate boundaries and find out what it means to have a true covenant relationship. If you’re struggling to find the right one come and learn what questions you should be asking to help you find him or her.

$10 admission per person

Refreshments will be provided

Healthy salads prepared and available by Leslie Griffin

Hosted by the BatchelorDavis Group, LLC      or 313- 829-2859






U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

HUD No. 18-007                                                                                           FOR RELEASE

Gina Rodriguez                                                                                              Thursday                                                                               January 11, 2018

(571) 249-8586



296 local projects working to prevent and end homelessness

            WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded nearly $70.3 million to support 296 homeless housing and service programs in Michigan.  The Continuum of Care grants announced today provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

The HUD funding announced today is part of a record $2 billion being awarded to more than 7,300 local housing and service programs nationwide.

“HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets.”

This funding is critical in our efforts to end homelessness across Michigan as we know it,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Joseph P. Galvan. “Rapid rehousing ensures that homelessness is a brief, rare and non-recurring event for individuals and families.”

This year, HUD is continuing to challenge state and local planners to support higher performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting their local challenges, often shifting funds from existing projects to create new ones that will have a more substantial and lasting impact on reducing homelessness.

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.  HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and Veterans increased.  HUD’s 2017 homeless estimate points to a significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets experiencing a significant shortage of affordable housing.

HUD estimates there were 553,742 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night nationally in 2017, and increase of .7 percent since last year. In addition, Veteran homelessness increased by 1.5 percent, chronic homelessness increased by 12.2 percent and family homelessness declined by 5.4 percent.

Across the nation, local homelessness planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care’ will organize volunteers to help count the number of persons located in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and living unsheltered on the streets.  These Continuums of Care will report these one-night ‘point-in-time counts’ later in the year and will form the basis of HUD’s 2018 national homeless estimate.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and  You can also connect with HUD on social media  or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

My 5 reasons I love My digital entertainment.How are you feeling about @Netflix’s price change?

I was there when it was 7.99. I like the longevity that I have. 

I still think Comcast is the devil and ten dollars is actually worth what Netflix’s offers. 

I actually enjoy paying a bill for digital entertainment.

I have patience. So if I don’t see if at the movie theater I’ll be seeing the movie here eventually.

Who else has Bright with Will Smith?

How do you feel about this?

#MotownMom: Keeping Water when you don’t have any… #urbanliving #WaterCrisis #Detroit

As a mom living in Detroit, I do understand when utilities are hard to come by, especially as a single parent. Water was a key thing for us on a day to day basis and when we didn’t have any by way of the landlord not paying the bill or the pipes freezing, we had to find a way to get it.

As Detroit Water Crisis worsens and obtaining water because harder to come by, we have to keep in mind the safety of keeping water long term.

I found this handy video to help store water and if you want to help people store water, you can easily put this all together just from items at Walmart or even


55-gallon barrels:

* Amazon link:

Other items:

* Water preserver:

* Bung wrench:

* Siphon hose:

* Pool shock:

If it’s a small family or a single person, you can also just buy a container with a hand pump. I’d buy two containers and switch out the containers to fill one and then use the other. That way you have a steady water supply. This is great for an elderly person someone else is helping out to keep clean water in the house or even in their room.

DISCLAIMER: This video description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.

I hope this helps. I’m going to spend 2018 using this channel as a way that I survived as a single mom, especially when we became homeless to survive, including food, bathroom procedures and keeping warm when you have no heat.

Yes, we went through that.

If you want to know other ways to live cheaply or how we survived, just post in the comments and I’ll make a post or create a video.

And don’t forget to subscribe and share.

University of Detroit Mercy resets tuition to reflect a more precise cost of attendance

University of Detroit Mercy resets tuition to reflect a more precise cost of attendance

Published tuition rate for undergraduate returns to 2008 levels, provides clearer picture

of tuition costs before scholarships, financial aid awarded

DETROIT—University of Detroit Mercy announced today that it would significantly lower its published tuition price to give more precise cost information to students and families. The goal is to encourage more academically talented students and their families to take a closer look at Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy’s Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will reset undergraduate tuition from $41,158 to $28,000 beginning the fall of 2018. The new price of $28,000 gives students and their families a more accurate cost of attendance at Detroit Mercy before scholarships and financial aid are awarded.

Over the last two years, Detroit Mercy has conducted extensive research on its tuition and the cost of other university competitors, as well as surveyed hundreds of prospective students and parents. Those analyses indicated that a tuition reset will not only increase prospective students’ awareness of the transformative, high-quality value of a Detroit Mercy education, but also attract and enroll even more academically talented students who may not have considered applying because of the published tuition price.

“By resetting our tuition to a price from a decade ago, we are responding to the concerns of students and families who want assurance that a high quality college education is affordable and attainable,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of Detroit Mercy. “I know from conversations with parents and school officials that students are interested in Detroit Mercy, but the previous tuition price prevented them from seriously exploring the university.”

As Detroit Mercy’s tuition for 2018-2019 returns to its 2008 cost, the University will continue to provide generous scholarships and financial assistance to students. The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will be available to all new and current students enrolling in Detroit Mercy’s traditional undergraduate programs beginning in the fall of 2018.

This initiative comes at a pivotal time for students interested in obtaining a high quality, Catholic, values-based education. Research indicates that from 1982 to 2012, the cost of college throughout the U.S. increased more than 1,120 percent. Moreover, studies show that U.S. college graduates incurred an average debt of $37,172 in 2016.

For those reasons and others, Detroit Mercy believed that a bold move was necessary to help students make well-informed decisions about the colleges they were considering.

Detroit Mercy’s transformational educational and extracurricular experience will remain exactly the same. Additionally, this reset will assist both “high-need” and  “low-need” students and families better understand the full-time undergraduate rate they will pay before scholarships and financial aid are awarded.

“The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will also make it possible for federal and state grant dollars to go even further for students who qualify for the maximum need-based aid,” said Deborah Stieffel, Detroit Mercy’s vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “And the tuition reset also makes Detroit Mercy a more viable option for students who do not qualify for need-based aid and are often forced to overlook private Catholic higher education simply because of the high ‘sticker price,’ ” she added.

This reset comes at a perfect time in the history of the university and city. Over the last two years, Detroit Mercy has had record enrollment numbers, a higher academic profile for the entering class in 2017-18 and an increase in many national rankings. This includes a #19 rank on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s Annual Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Detroit Mercy is the only Michigan school ranked in the top 20. Additionally, the University earned a No. 12 rank for Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest Region and was ranked No. 32 nationally for Best Value Schools.

Furthermore, since 2011, the university’s endowment has doubled and on Oct. 26, Detroit Mercy celebrated the public launch of a $100 million fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $78 million thus far. Also in October, Detroit Mercy, along with The Kresge Foundation and the City of Detroit, broke ground on the Ella Fitzgerald Park and HomeBase Community Center in Northwest Detroit, which will house Live6 Alliance, an economic development organization co-sponsored by the university that is focused on the revitalization of the McNichols-Livernois neighborhood in Detroit.

“It is our expectation that this reset, coupled with other positive university initiatives on and around our campuses, will attract even more students who not only want to attend the University but also be a part of Detroit’s renaissance and make a lasting impact on the community,” Garibaldi said.

The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset is part of a larger, comprehensive series of initiatives at Detroit Mercy that will

  • further demonstrate renewed commitment to innovation;
  • reinforce the university brand to help build the boundless future of students; and
  • help more academically talented students and their parents better understand published tuition rates in order to make a well-informed decision to enroll at Detroit Mercy.

To learn more about the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset, please visit, call 313-993-1245 or email today.

For media interested in more, please contact the Marketing & Communications Department at 313-993-1254 or email


About University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today’s University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. For more information, please visit

#MotownMom: Owe taxes in #Detroit? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.

Wayne County doesn’t always enforce a law that forbids…

The post Owe taxes? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.appeared first on Detroit Journalism Cooperative.


#MotownMom: New Wayne State research findings offers hope to people with fibromyalgia

A novel psychological therapy that encourages addressing emotional experiences related to trauma, conflict and relationship problems has been found helpful for people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. A research team led by Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, in collaboration with a team from the University of Michigan Medical Center led by David A. Williams, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, has released the results of its research in the prestigious journal, PAIN.

In the randomized clinical trial, 230 adults with fibromyalgia received one of three treatments, each of which was presented for eight weekly sessions to small groups of patients. The new therapy, which Lumley and co-developer Howard Schubiner, M.D., director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital, call Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET), helps patients view their pain and other symptoms as stemming from changeable neural pathways in the brain that are strongly influenced by emotions. EAET helps patients process emotional experiences, such as disclosing important struggles, learning how to adaptively express important feelings — especially anger and sadness but also gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness — and empowering people to be more honest and direct in relationships that have been conflicted or problematic.

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Details For @LCA_Detroit Preview Week; From Sept5th to Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Arena Sept12 #Detroit

Olympia Entertainment Announces Details For Little Caesars Arena Preview Week Leading Up to Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Arena on Sept. 12

… Events Scheduled from Sept. 5-10 to Offer First Looks Inside Home of Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and World-Class Entertainment Events … 

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Ribbon Cutting

This ceremonial event signifies the venue’s readiness to open and expresses thanks to the thousands of our community members and others involved in planning, design and construction of Little Caesars Arena. Fans and community members are encouraged to join the ceremonial ribbon cutting by live streaming the historic moment Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. on

Friday, Sept. 8 – Charity Premiere: Hard Hats & Helping Hands

This exclusive fundraising event – the first ever at Little Caesars Arena – benefits the work of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that invests in our community’s future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation. Celebrating the culmination of construction at Little Caesars Arena and the positive impact that this world-class facility is already having on our community, Hard Hats & Helping Hands will offer its attendees an unprecedented insider’s look at Little Caesars Arena and exclusive access to unique areas throughout. Attendees will enjoy the spectacular multimedia components of this state-of-the-art arena, a self-guided tour through unique clubs, bars and players-only areas, and more. It’s sure to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event that will help make our community a better place for all. For ticket information, please visit

Saturday, Sept. 9 – Community Sneak Peek

The public is invited to a free tour of the Little Caesars Arena’s Via concourse and enjoy a look into the arena bowl from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The tour will highlight the building’s unique deconstructed design concept, the world’s largest seamless centerhung scoreboard and the Via’s larger-than-life projection screen jewel skin surrounding the arena bowl. To comfortably accommodate community members, attendees will be asked to book a scheduled time slot. Further details on how to obtain free admission will be announced later.

Sunday, Sept. 10 – Hockeytown 5K

The second annual Hockeytown 5K will take participants throughout the city of Detroit, The District Detroit and will conclude on Woodward Ave. outside Little Caesars Arena. Starting at $50, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, registration is now open at

In addition to the public events at Little Caesars Arena, Preview Week will also include private tours for Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons season ticket holders, partners and suite holders.

About Little Caesars Arena

Home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions, the new Little Caesars Arena will feature a dramatic arena bowl, proximity to the action and great sight lines. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit’s incredible musical heritage, Little Caesars Arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions – The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

About Olympia Entertainment Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company is one of the country’s most diverse sports and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the Midwest. The company operates Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, owns and operates the Fox Theatre and the intimate City Theatre, along with booking and operating Joe Louis Arena and booking Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six™ member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies.

Other Ilitch companies include Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., MotorCity Casino Hotel and Champion Foods.

To learn more about Olympia Entertainment, visit Also, follow Olympia on Twitter @OEontheGo and at

How to keep your kids and yourself safe when gunshots are fired around your house #MotownMom Musings #UrbanLife #Detroit


On Facebook and a friend in Detroit says she just heard shots fired outside her home and then immediately said it’s time to freaking move.

I hate to break it to people, crime is not just in the urban areas anymore. Matter of fact, the more I look at the news (which has been something new to me recently) the more it seems it’s safer in Detroit.

As a long time Detroiter and lover of the city, my children and I have a protocol which I implore all single parents to develop and make sure it’s stuck to no matter what.

As single parents, we don’t have the luxury of just getting up and moving out of the city, and we have to teach the children how to cope with the environment and to stay safe.

Single Mom’s Safety Tips: When you hear shots fired around your home, what should you & your kids do? 

  1. Do not go to the window. Please enforce this with your children. Don’t open the doors, don’t even peek out the curtains or blinds.
  2. Shut off lights inside the house you’re not using, but put on lights outside of the house to keep people from hiding around your house. Add motion lights on the outside of your home especially in spots you can’t see if you have to look out of a window. Also, invest in a camera system outside of your home. One in the back and home in the front. I suggest the Blink system for about $200. Best investment ever.
  3. If the gunshots sound close enough it’s okay to call 911, say shots were fired, give them the street and cross-street and if you don’t want to give them your address just tell them at the beginning, middle or end of the block. If you see anything let them know that too. You don’t have to leave your name or number, but at least do your part in reporting it.
  4. Afterwards, do something that calms you. Read, write, watch a funny movie to take your mind off the stress

In your community, what do you do when shots are fired?

#MotownMom: Home security on a budget: Awesome #Blink for less than $250 on @Amazon

Living in Detroit, you have to do what you can to protect yourself without breaking the bank. Having security is one of the number one ways I’ve found to keep people I don’t want out of my home and stealing my things. There’s also the barbed wire, vicious dog, floor traps, moats of alligators and the labyrinth home with designed as well. (That’s a whole ‘nother post).

I’d also like to note at no time is Blink paying me to say anything. I found this system and I liked it. I really liked it and I wanted others to know about it.

In one year of living in Detroit, I had been robbed over five times. It was crazy and depressing, but I knew I had to get on top of securing my house or find a better way to catch the crooks who were robbing me blind.

First, I got the ADT signs., until I could afford the service. (I pay about $40 a month without the camera system.)

I did want to have camera’s but using ADT is about $60 a month.Yet it’s only for three cameras and cost goes up if you want more cameras. How do you find a way not to pay?

The Beau discovered this Blink system because he just has this ability to stumble across tech that’s awesome.

You get three cameras and a box. Additional cameras can be added without any cost. You hook it up the box to your Internet, download the Blink app and then sync the cameras to the system.

That easy. It took the Beau to install the cameras that come with a light and microphone (so it records in the dark and captures sound) about thirty minutes. We talked about the vulnerable places in the house we needed to see. the basement window, by the side and the hallway inside of the house. And we wanted to be able to control these without having to rely on ADT.

WAh-Lah! That was it.

Clear digital pictures house in 30-second increments on the system and there’s no monthly fee!

Yes! No monthly fee. Once you buy the system, you are using the app for life. That’s it!

For two hundred and fifty dollars that’s not bad at all!

I added an additional back up battery to our Internet so if our power goes out, the Internet will work for about 16 hours. ADT gives you a backup battery system too for a couple of days.

Our next step is to add a generator to the house… a very quiet generator!

All in all, we’re happy with the Blink system. It’s easy to install, cost effective and gives you that added security of “I got you on camera!” #MotownMoms, you should definitely look into it.

How important is security to you? What security system are you thinking about trying? Have tried?

Buy your Blink now!