The story of Detroit over the last 50 years is well-publicized… but not often accurate.
While parts of Detroit experience renewal, the battle for vibrancy in the 9th precinct is still underway. Over the years, the the 9th precinct became the place that many see as a lost cause due to the lack of resources and increased crime. Decline and despair led many residents to relocate, leaving those who remain to feel abandoned and forgotten.
This has resulted in many marks of urban decline - hundreds of acres of lots and houses are left behind, burned out, and abandoned - surrounded by trash and overgrowth. This scenario can create an unsafe atmosphere for anyone to live in. The view outside your window is depressing and even frightening, as it can give cover for illicit and unsafe activities.
Even with dreams, plans, and visions of a better future, facing this alone - day in and day out - can feel impossible to manage and completely overwhelming.
But the story is far from over.
Urban decline left its mark on our neighborhood. We’re fighting to reclaim every inch.
Surrounding Camp Restore Campus…
13% of the residents remain in the 9th precinct since 1950
56% of children are in poverty.
25% vacant homes/lots surrounding CRD
113 vacant homes/lots surrounding CRD
96.7% population of color
No usable parks surrounding CRD
Every inch we gain is one we’re never giving back. By joining forces, we can build lasting solutions.
Residents in the 9th precinct have hope and a vision for our community. People & resources make it happen.
Every project and program is proposed, planned, and implemented by a resident of the 9th precinct. Even our campus has been designed by residents!
Camp Restore and its community partners work with residents to create long term plans for success, focused on education, resident-led efforts, and family resourcing.
Reclaiming a Foothold
The residents of the 9th precinct are passionate about giving the next generation a neighborhood everyone can love. Every project is progress!
At Camp Restore, we fight to reclaim the 9th Precinct inch by inch, lot by lot.
Since 2017, we’ve been on the ground in the 9th Precinct, restoring vibrancy to not only the lots, but also the lives of each resident.
To reclaim a foothold in this community, it takes walking alongside the community as members share their vision for what a vibrant 9th precinct could be.
Camp Restore Detroit supports residents by following a community-led vision towards long-term solutions leading to a vibrant community, focusing on education, resident-led efforts, and family resourcing. When projects or programs are ready to launch, CRD infuses them with the volunteers and resources needed to accomplish each project's goal!
Our volunteers have come from as far as California to as close as right here in our own backyard to be the hands and feet needed to work with community leaders to accomplish the vision.
Along the way, hope returns through every relationship built.
Over the course of five years, we’ve been blessed to meet the remarkable residents of 9th precinct who are the definition of resilience.
“Camp Restore doesn’t wait for us to call them, they call us, and they seem to always know when we need support.”
Lakepoint Street Block Club
"[We were] grateful for the volunteers that came out to help with our neighborhood project.They took the wheel and rolled with it. Thank you so much."
“They (CRD) always say ‘we’re here to service the community’, but what they don’t understand is that they are part of this community… It’s community helping community. It’s all of us coming together to help each other.”
Uniting Resident-Led Projects with a Volunteer Force & Resources
Camp Restore partners with local reading and vocational programs to provide programming that improves educational outcomes and helps residents achieve personal goals.
We support community-led efforts to beautify and improve the safety of our neighborhood by finding volunteers and resources for block club development, blight removal, radio patrols, and more!
In partnership, we connect residents and families to basic necessities, counseling, and programs around the City that support our neighbors in achieving a higher quality of life.
Be Part of the 9th Precinct Solution
No matter who you are, you can become a part of the sustainable solutions in our neighborhood!
Whether you want to bring a group for the day, stay with us overnight, or volunteer remotely, we have projects for you!
Church & Community Partners
We would love to partner with you to restore hope in our community! Whether you are an individual, a church leader, or a nonprofit director, we would love to connect with you about partnership opportunities.
Become part of the Camp Restore Detroit family, letting kids and adults know they have not been forgotten, they are worth our time and talents, and investing in a better future for all those living in the 9th precinct.
“I loved serving with Camp Restore. We did really meaningful work that left a lasting impression. I love how people-centered the program is. I think you guys foster a wonderful community and share Jesus in such a great, everyday way by putting the gospel into practice in every part of your program.”
“Our group loves Camp Restore! … The kids that we bring to serve have learned a great deal about other communities and how they can help them. To be honest, our kids are a bit sheltered to places like inner city Detroit and this experience every year helps them to have compassion and understanding for all God's people.”
We’re proud of what’s been accomplished so far…
It’s amazing to see how God has moved over the last 5 years, but we’re not done!
Projects in 2023
Volunteer hours in 2023
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Our 7 Step Plan to Bring a Group to CRD!
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Camp Restore Detroit Story
Camp Restore Detroit is a nonprofit serving in the 9th Precinct of Detroit. Our mission is to partner with our community, volunteers, and donors to restore our neighborhood in Detroit while sharing God’s love. We do this by connecting Block Clubs and community leaders with volunteers and resources to increase the quality of life. By supporting all the good things already happening in our community, using an asset-based community development model, we know we can all work together to continue restoring the 9th Precinct to a beautiful and growing neighborhood.
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