Who Will Benefit From The Saratoga Engagement
The Environment: the Saratoga Community, though still the home of several long- time home owners and new members, has become one of the most blighted areas in the city of Detroit; and therefore, one of the most crime infested areas in the city.
If people and things reflect their environment, it would only make sense to believe that in order to improve upon people and things, one must improve upon the environment in which the people and things are in.
The Saratoga Engagement will benefit the environment by balancing, and ultimately tipping the scale of blight and despair with life, color and hope. We believe via life, color and hope; the birds will sing louder, the wind will blow purer and the people will aspire to positive action.
The Community: The Saratoga Engagement is far more than a park. It is a space wherein community can truly happen. Neighbors don’t trust nor look out for one the other as they don’t know one the other, nor feel as if they have a mutual investment in where they are.
The Engagement will allow the people to Engage and break bread, watch a movie together and build together, and thereby grow together irrespective of color, class, creed, sexual orientation and/or background.
The Youth: The Saratoga Engagement will provide the youth with a clean, supervised and safe space to stretch out and vent. It will also provide them with a space in which to plant a seed and watch it evolve. A space to talk and express themselves; and a space that inspires creativity and stimulates ideas.
The Elders: The Saratoga Engagement will reestablish the Elders hope in Community. It will further provide them with a track on which to stroll and/or a bench on which to sit and read a book or play a game of chess. A space in which to have a book club or play bingo. A Garden in which to breath and do things.
Formerly Incarcerated Persons: will benefit from the Engagement by having somewhere to go to ascertain aid in reacclimating to society in areas of employment, housing and in general business; such as obtaining identification and creating and/or following an already established plan of action. It will further provide them with a platform from which to develop and launch ideas; obtain skills and be productive in a progressive environment.