HOPE Village Initiative nurtures families in our neighborhood

The HOPE Village Initiative aims to develop a safe, strong and nurturing neighborhood where children and their families can develop to their full potential.  To accomplish that goal, we will offer an interconnected web of opportunities and support, with education at its center. We expect to build a community where people want to live, work and raise a family – and where children have every opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.

This initiative is inspired by the adage that it "takes a village to raise a child.” Much like the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, the HOPE Village Initiative will bring together whatever resources are necessary to transform our community. Already, parents, businesses, retirees, educators, block clubs and others are working together to create opportunities for our children.

Initially, the HOPE Village Initiative is focused on the area immediately around Focus: HOPE’s campus, from Hamilton on the east to Dexter on the west, and from Davison on the south and to the Lodge service drive to the north. This area is one of considerable poverty, with deteriorating housing stock, and a very low rate of educational attainment.

Working with the two schools in our neighborhood, Glazer Elementary School and Joy Preparatory Academy, we aim to transform educational opportunities for children in the neighborhood.  




The Family Learning Center provides support services for parents and children. Services include computer literacy classes, access to computers with internet, financial literacy classes, tutoring and more.

We invite you to get involved! You can help by volunteering or donating to ensure that this initiative and the children it services have every opportunity to succeed. 

Please click here to download Community Connections, The HOPE Village Initiative Resource Directory.

Senior living community

Senior citizens looking for convenient and affordable housing need look no further. The Village of Oakman Manor offers spacious one-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and access to a fitness center, beauty/barber shop, and other amenities. Located at Oakman Boulevard and the Lodge Freeway, it is one of 25 Presbyterian Villages of Michigan senior living communities. Call 313.957.0210 for information and to arrange a tour. To view the flyer, please click here.