Detroit nonprofit robbed of valuable equipment to feed community

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 18:13:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — On Wednesday night, RecoveryPark was robbed of the equipment they use to care for the 105 acres they maintain for urban farming 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,” says Anna Kohn.

Not only did they lose equipment, but they were also robbed of personal tools belonging to staff and associates affiliated with RecoveryPark who were generous enough to lend them in a time of need.

While they are in the process of reviewing security footage, working with local law enforcement, and communicating with neighbors, they 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” Kohn said.

If you are interested in making a donation of a certain piece of equipment to the facility on Chene, please email and they will send you descriptions/SKUs of items lost during this incident. A GoFundMe is setup as well.