RecoveryPark's Recovery

$17,855 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 231 people in 1 month

Our Story:

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.

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. 

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.

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.

If you are interested in making a donation of a certain piece of equipment, please email info@recoverypark.org and we will send you descriptions/SKUs of items lost during this incident. 

Thank you for your support!


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Dear allies,

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to share our gratitude for your support and donations over the past three weeks. Despite this harrowing experience, our community has demonstrated a willingness to join us in our journey to create jobs for people with barriers to employment.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re just a few dollars away from our GoFundMe goal. Additionally, we feel incredibly fortunate to have had large donors join our recovery process including:

PRIVA – Climate-controlled greenhouse manufacturer in Netherlands
DELOITTE – Industry-leading audit, consulting, and tax advisory service
US ECOLOGY – Providing essential treatment services for hazardous and nonhazardous materials
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS/Macomb Correctional Facility – the Prisoner Benefit Fund which supports prisoners who lack resources, and provides donations to organizations who work in the justice space.

Thank you to the news outlets, WXYZ (Channel 7), WDIV (Channel 4), WJBK (Channel 2), the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Crain’s Detroit Business, Corp! Magazine, and Deadline Detroit for helping us spread the word and make a full recovery.

Most importantly, thank YOU for stepping up to the plate. We feel so humbled to have your encouragement.

As we press on, creating additional jobs for people with barriers to employment, we pledge to keep you posted every step of the way. If you haven’t joined our email newsletter list, be sure to visit www.recoverypark.org and enter your email address at the top of the page.

Let’s continue to build – together.

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UPDATE: We are SO grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received this past week. We're just $3,000 away to reaching our goal, and we're overwhelmed by the participation of close to 250 individual donors! You have truly stepped up to the plate to keep us going, and we couldn't have done it without your help.

We have been receiving equipment donations, offers to support with security, and lots of encouraging comments that mean the world to us. We've made substantial security upgrades thanks to our friends at Prudential Alarm & Security Services, and we're grateful for the support pledged by US Ecology and Priva (Netherlands) with another $5,000 towards these upgrades!

You inspire us to keep going.

We will continue to keep you posted and... well... THANK YOU.
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UPDATE: We are disappointed to report that RecoveryPark was targeted again last night - this time, on BETA Farm which we have worked so hard to maintain. Please be sure to tune into your local news tonight for the video footage we were able to obtain of the culprit, and stay safe, Detroit.

While we probably got hit with another $10k - $15k loss, we WILL press on.

The nondescript culprit was also seen scoping out the last piece of equipment we have left (pictured).
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UPDATE: We are so overwhelmed by the level of support we've received during these difficult times. We want to send an incredibly heartfelt THANK YOU to the amazing leaders and partners at Deloitte Detroit for their critical donation of $5,000 towards our emergency equipment recovery. We're thrilled to announce that this donation allows us to trim $5,000 off of our GoFundMe request!

THANK YOU, Deloitte, your dedication serves as an important example to others.
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$17,855 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 231 people in 1 month
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Detroit, MI
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