On Wednesday, July 10th, RecoveryPark was robbed of the equipment we use to care for the 105 acres we've agreed to maintain in the City of Detroit. We are devastated by the loss of over $25,000 worth of lawn and land maintenance equipment, but even more disappointed that in such a tight-knit community, we experienced this loss when we have worked hard alongside the neighborhood to maintain safe and sound lots.
Sadly, this theft was one of three thefts we experienced during the week of July 10th. Two instances of theft occurred in our parking lot, and one instance occurred on our farm which significantly compromised our operations.
Not only did we lose our equipment, but we were also robbed of personal tools belonging to staff and associates affiliated with RecoveryPark who were generous enough to lend them in our time of need.
While we are in the process of reviewing security footage, working with local law enforcement, and communicating with neighbors, we must still honor our agreement with the city to mow and maintain these lots. We are reaching out to our community for some emergency support funds in order to continue doing so. We are executing a contract with a highly reputable local security company this week, and we are grateful for their willingness to provide a comprehensive system for our continued protection.
We are offering three ways support RecoveryPark's Recovery:
Support us with a donation through our GoFundMe page
Donate an item by visiting our Amazon wish list where you can help us retrieve stolen items
Consider sending a contribution to us by mail at:
5470 Chene St.
Detroit, MI 48211
During these difficult times, we are particularly grateful to two of our most generous donors over the past week: Deloitte in Detroit donated $5,000 towards our recovery, allowing us to reduce our GoFundMe request down to $20,000; and the Prisoner Benefit Fund at the Macomb Correctional Facility, led by Michigan Department of Corrections' Warden Pat Warren pledged their support. The Prisoner Benefit Fund's donation is particularly meaningful, as it reflects donations personal funds collected by men serving time at the Macomb facility out of their own (limited) pockets. We are grateful for their $1,000 contribution.
From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate any donation you can spare. Despite these challenges, we are more motivated than ever to continue being great stewards of our neighborhood, and continue creating jobs for people with barriers to employment. Our ability to raise outside funds for this loss allows us to continue devoting resources to job creation and providing imperative social services to Detroiters.
RecoveryPark exists to create jobs for people with barriers to employment. We achieve this goal by launching food-based businesses on Detroit's east side. In addition to providing living wage jobs with full health benefits, we diligently provide social supports for those in our network including housing, transportation, substance abuse, basic needs, and so much more.
Of the individuals who have come in and out of RecoveryPark who have experienced the criminal justice system firsthand, not a single client has returned to prison. Our model works, and the community sees our impact. We are creating a model in Detroit that can truly transform the lives of those who are often the hardest to employ.
Our latest press release can be accessed here.
Thank you for your support!