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Mama Shu Wins Awards

February and March have been award-winning months for Mama Shu and Avalon Village. We are proud, humbled and honored to announce Avalon Village is a finalist in Fast Company Magazine’s first-ever World Changing Ideas Awards! A panel of 25 judges reviewed 1,000 entries from around the world to select the winners. Look for the issue […]

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Remembering Tonieo Spann

Our hearts are heavy at Avalon Village as we remember a hardworking young man who was part of our village and our construction team, helping to build the Homework House and make our community a better place. Tonieo Spann was hit and killed by a Detroit Police car in December while riding a bicycle at […]

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Help the Village win $5,000

  We have an opportunity to win $5,000 this week, and you can help make it happen! We’re in first place in the Love My Credit Union Campaign, with our community partner One Detroit Credit Union. Each day, you can vote for free by clicking on this link – http://bit.ly/lovemycreditu – and entering in our state (Michigan) […]

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Mama Shu Goes to the Mountains

The Avalon Village team had the privilege this weekend to attend the Sullivan Foundation Ignite! Retreat at Kanuga Retreat Center in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina. In the company of nearly 100 students, faculty, and facilitators, we engaged in a weekend of conversation and learning about social entrepreneurialism and social change […]

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You Are the Village

Mama Shu, Highland Park Mayor Yopp, and community youth cut the ribbon on Avalon Village’s Homework House –September 23rd, 2016 September 23, 2016 was a big day for us. An emotional day. It was Jakobi RA’s ancestor date – the anniversary of the death of Mama Shu’s 2 year old son – who was killed […]

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Ellen DeGeneres Gifts Mama Shu a New House!

We are a bit overwhelmed after a whirlwind start to the week that included an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show! The show, which airs on NBC stations nationwide, is watched by close to 4 million people per episode! 4 million people! What an incredible opportunity! To top it off, Ellen has tens of millions […]

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Mama Shu on The Ellen Show 9/14!

Dear Villagers, Can you believe how far we’ve come? From an abandoned block littered with mattresses and one woman’s determination to make a difference… to captivating the hearts and minds of thousands across the country with a simple message: Let’s Transform Blight to Beauty! Next Wednesday, September 14, at 3pm EST (check your local listings), Mama […]

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You’re Invited to our Grand Opening!

Dear Villagers, You are cordially invited to a weekend of celebration and community-building as we officially open the Homework House at the Avalon Village to the world with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, concert, community events and more! Each day will feature different events celebrating the newly renovated Jakobi RA Park, the Homework House, and more: Friday […]

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My, How We Danced

We are all dancing through life; some of us gracefully, some struggling to find our rhythm. But with each step and twist and turn and toss of our hands, we are making our way. On Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, hundreds of us gathered in the village to dance together and celebrate the life of Mama Shu’s […]

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Can’t ‘Contain’ Our Excitement!

  A BIG delivery rolled up to The Avalon Village this week. Two big deliveries, to be exact. Our shipping containers have arrived! They are the building blocks for The Goddess Marketplace, an economic development initiative for women, that’s now closer to reality than ever before. It was such an exciting moment when the truck […]

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