When it comes to giving children a real chance at success, it takes a village.
In Highland Park, there is one. II’s called The Avalon Village it’s growing more and more every day.
Shamayim Harris “aka” Mama Shu, the founder of The Avalon Village, is expanding the property.
She is building a Homework House for kids in the community. It is under construction, by volunteers with Detroit Habituals.
“The Homework House is a home away from home, a place where they can eat. If they need to take a bath, shower. If they’re having hard times at home. Like, maybe the gas, the lights, water is cut off, they can come here,” says, Shu.
The Homework House is a place for children to be educated, encouraged and get their basic needs met. This home will be their haven.
Mama Shu had a vision. She was patient. She had a plan, and she had faith.
However, she was running out of funds, until Shu met Scott Norris.
Norris is a volunteer with Detroit Habituals, a contractor by profession and he knows lots of them.
“I said hey, maybe we can help you get this thing going. We made a partnership and here we are,” says Norris, fondly.
The eco-friendly Homework House is slated to be complete on the anniversary of Mama Shu’s two-year-old son’s death, a life that is celebrated at The Avalon Village every day.
If you’d like to find out how to help volunteer, search for Detroit Habituals on Facebook. Also, to learn more about The Avalon Village go to www.theavalonvillage.org.