The Nehemiah Project

The Nehemiah Project

The Nehemiah Project

At our core, we hold that the essence of successful life can only begin to be realized when a person has attaining the basic needs of life: food, clothing and shelter.  When these needs are realized, individuals can then focus on establishing their higher calling fulfilling a purpose outside of themselves.

It is from this premise that Greater Woodward CDC organized, developed and formed the Nehemiah Project.  Taken from the Biblical text, our intent is to “refortify the walls of our city (our houses and families) and to re-establish integrity to our community. We have taken from our history the concept of “shared dwellings”.  This is in no way meant to be a rooming house, but a dwelling that provides a healthy environment in which an individual can gain back the values of family, sharing, working together and community.

GWCDC greatly desires individuals who are willing to be re-established as solid, contributing members of the community. Our program design does not have “live-in staff personal”.  The participants of this program live in independent situations and will not receive live in supervision.  They rely on each other to form what resembles a family unit and to be a friend.  They cooperate as a team with shared communal responsibilities.

It is further the intent of the Nehemiah Project House to be a model to the community in green technology and a place available to enable the community to grow.  We strive to have a house that the general community can use to conduct meetings, trainings and studies which will provide the North End with information aimed at improving the quality of life for all of its residents.

Program Overview

About The Nehemiah Project Program

Isaiah 58 (Amplified Bible) – Nehemiah Project Prayer

7Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house–when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?

    8Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.(C)

    9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking,(D)

    10And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.

    11And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.

    12And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

In June 2010, with grant dollars from New Detroit’s Compassion Capital Initiative, which could be used to develop a program model and subsequent private contributions, Greater Woodward CDC gave birth to the Nehemiah Project.  It holds at the center of its existence the desire that people be given yet one more opportunities to rejoin community.  Its goal reaches to that those who have been “left” in shelters have guidance and hope restored to them.  The program sets out to be a model of a “different approach”.  It couples job training, an independent living environment and something that, for lack of a better term, “sweat rent”.  While the participants in the program have many similarities, not all of them are “homeless” and not all were chronic shelter dwellers.  There are individuals who are  participating in the program that do not need housing, but do need hope, skill training, and learning the value of family and team.

The unique feature is that the project house can be used as a residence with something called “sweat rent” in place of actual dollars.  “Sweat rent” is earned by a program participant in lieu of being given a stipend for training hours or when an individual has done service hours within the community.


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