Impact you can see [Video].

“So what is the impact? How do you measure it?”

“How do you know you’re making a difference?”

If you are a concerned citizen, a funder, a peer—really, anyone with an interest in community revitalization—these are the questions you may be ask. Depending on the answer, you may walk away satisfied—or you might walk away discouraged, weary of yet another program, another effort you can’t see results from. At LINC, we take pride in the work we’ve done so far in... read more

The power of community voices.

We’ve all heard it before, because it is so true: Change is made by those who show up. Getting involved in your community and speaking up on issues that affect you & yours is a crucial way to make positive changes in our world. We all know it can be tough to get  out there on your own—that’s why LINC wants to help you get involved.

Want to speak about something affecting your city? Come to LINC on a ... read more

Call for nominations--LINC Community Spirit Awards 2014 [Video].

Call for nominations!

Do you know a person who tirelessly devotes their time, energy and skills to the community, or an organization that is making an amazing impact in your community? It’s time to honor them— LINC is calling for nominations for the 5th annual Community Spirit Awards!

The Award categories are as follows:

Cornerstone Award - Awarded to an organization that is a model of capacity building and demonstrates impact in a specific area.

Outstanding Collaborations Award - Awarded to highlight a creative... read more

Buy Local, Hire Local--Eat at the LINC Up Soul Food Cafe

Come enjoy delicious food at the newest hot spot in the Madison Square community—the LINC Up Soul Food Café! Located in the LINC Development Center at 1167 Madison Avenue, offers a healthier fusion of traditional country staples. The Cafe also serves as an extension of the Buy Local, Hire Local campaign, providing workforce development, new jobs and support to local food vendors. The Cafe will be partnering with the MSU Extension program and Schnitz Deli to ensure... read more

Calling all vendors--Rock the Block 2014 is coming up [Video].

Calling all local businesses! 

We’re already gearing up for Rock the Block 2014 at LINC, and we are looking for food vendors, merchandise vendors, resource vendors and sponsors to get involved!

Last year more than 4,000 people came out to celebrate community all day at Madison and Hall, and this year we’re expecting even more. This is a premiere opportunity for your business to connect with residents where they live, market your local products, and interact with the community.

This year’s Rock... read more

The LINC Academy for Social Transformation--Two Years of Leadership, Community & More [Video}.

“Everyone is a leader.”

This was the phrase shared on the first day of the LINC Academy for Social Transformation (L.A.S.T.), a leadership experience designed by LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. to empower residents, to nurture emerging leaders and to promote civic engagement. This month, LINC celebrates the second anniversary of this life changing leadership training launched in January of 2012.

To date, close to 500 residents from different areas of Kent County have graduated from L.A.S.T., which is also offered... read more

Reflection: Civic Engagement with LAST Grads

Civic Engagement with Spanish LINC Academy for Social Transformation Graduates—a reflection from Community Liaison Lamont Cole.

The inaugural launch of L.A.S.T. “Civic Engagement” went very well. The LINC team and the new Spanish L.A.S.T. graduates attended the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting on Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014. We arrived 15 minutes before the meeting was to begin. The Commissioners arrived to into the chamber to find half of the room already full with the not so usual constituents; over... read more

Join us for First Fridays, April 4th and every First Friday of the month!

We would like to cordially invite you and your guests to First Fridays at LINC. Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the community at our premiere networking event. First Fridays is the perfect way to kick off the first weekend of every month in style.

Enjoy live music, spoken word poetry, local art and delicious cuisine from the LINC Up Soul Food Cafe. Check out this video to see what it's all about!

April 4th (TONIGHT!)... read more

Laughfest is coming to LINC!

Laughfest is coming to LINC!

Join us at the LINC Gallery this Thursday to enjoy a fun night of comedy with comics performing from across the country!

Thursday, March 13th

LINC Gallery at 341 Hall St. SE

Amateur Showcase—7pm

Late Night Showcase—9:30pm

Each show will run 70-80 minutes in length. These showcases are FREE events and anyone is welcome to join in the festivities. It is going to be a great night of laughs in the community—mark your calendars and be sure to come by!

*If... read more

LINC Up Soul Food Cafe Open!

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the LINC Up Soul Food Café. This restaurant, located in the LINC Development Center at 1167 Madison Avenue, officially opened to the public February 10th, 2014.

Linc Up Soul Food Café exists to provide a healthier ethnic fusion of traditional country staples with urban appeal. It will be the first sit down restaurant in the Madison Square Business District, and will serve as a gathering place for the community.

The LINC... read more

Call for an inclusive process for choosing the next Grand Rapids Police Chief.

To the City of Grand Rapids,

For the past five years our organization has been dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the Grand Rapids City Administration, several neighborhood leaders, the business community and many organizations within the Grand Rapids minority communities. Our purpose has been focused on LINCing us together with examples of how each of us are demonstrating a commitment to growing a stronger, more diverse city.  It is with this in mind that we write to ask for your... read more

2013: Year in Review. [Video]

Read below or check out the video (and more) on our Vimeo page!

This year has been an incredibly inspirational year at LINC. We have grown as an organization, adding new members and projects, always working towards holistic community revitalization in the communities we serve. As 2013 draws to a close and we gear up for 2014, we thought we’d take a moment and share with you just a little taste of all we do.

From economic development to... read more

Expanding Opportunity--Build out grants for businesses [Video]

Businesses are a vital part of healthy communities. LINC was excited to be able to give $5,000 build-out grants to businesses who are working within the LINC Economic Development Department. With funding from the M.E. Davenport Foundation LINC has more build-out grants available to help stimulate local businesses and give the financial leg-up that they need to grow.

Shopping local makes a huge impact on our communities, so check out Southtown Guitar, Casa de la Cobija and... read more

Southtown Square, Phase II: Groundbreaking.

LINC Co-Executive Directors Darel Ross & Jeremy DeRoo took the first swing at the old building at 413 Hall St. SE on December 11th at a Groundbreaking ceremony to help make way for a new 24-unit, 4-story mixed use building with 6,000 square foot of brand new commercial space to add to Madison Square. Partners from Wolverine Building Group, Chase Bank, LC Companies, the City of Grand Rapids and County Commissioner Jim Talen were... read more

Community planning for healthy and happy neighborhoods [Video].

As a holistic revitalization organization, LINC knows that place is powerful. We know that where you live affects everything, and that is why LINC works to uplift the community voice in the communities we serve. Place-making activities, like design charrettes and community planning processes, are one such way to do this. LINC has led several community planning processes, including one on Eastern from Wealthy to Franklin, one for the 49507 neighborhood and in the Grandville Avenue... read more

LINC Up Soul Food Cafe set to open Feb. 10th.

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the LINC Up Soul Food Café. This restaurant, located in the LINC Development Center at 1167 Madison Avenue, will open officially to the public February 10th, 2014.

Linc Up Soul Food Café exists to provide a healthier ethnic fusion of traditional country staples with urban appeal. It will be the first sit down restaurant in the Madison Square Business District, and will serve as a gathering place for... read more

Believe 2 Become: Parent update.

Parent Engagement and Empowerment meetings are a huge success at schools in our Hope Zones. These morning meetings provide a chance for Believe 2 Become action groups and parent leaders to come together to connect with resources and each other to foster relationships and community ties.

The West Zone holds monthly parent meetings at both Cesar Chavez Elementary and Southwest Community Campus, during which parents plan out events for the month, review the GRPS parent handbooks, connect with resources... read more

"It's priceless, and it's free."

Belen Salas is a dreamer. Born in Mexico, she has lived in the United States for 13 years. For most of her life, Belen lived under the pressure of being in the country she called home without the benefits given to citizens. “When we were driving, even if we were doing nothing wrong, we were always scared. We couldn’t get a work permit, we couldn’t go further,” she recalls.

All that changed in 2013 when, at age 22, Belen fell... read more

Mark your calendars for every month--First Fridays at LINC.

We would like to cordially invite you and your guests to First Fridays at LINC. Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the community at our premiere networking event. First Fridays is the perfect way to kick off the first weekend of every month in style.

Enjoy live music, spoken word poetry, local art and delicious cuisine from the LINC Up Soul Food Cafe.

February 7th we're partnering with BL²END to provide unique networking opportunities within the business... read more

Be a part of creating your neighborhood news with LINC TV.

LINC is looking for interested people of any age to help tell the story of what is happening in their neighborhoods. News is best told by the people on the ground—so join the LINC News Bureau!

The LINC News Bureau is a project of The Rapidian designed to bring news to the people of Grand Rapids through the eyes and ears of their fellow community members. LINC will provide the training, equipment and assistance, YOU provide the stories! Join your... read more

Thank you to Chief Belk, and a look towards the future

Today’s announcement of Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk’s retirement has given the LINC Team an opportunity to reflect on the progress of the city of Grand Rapids over the years. We can all agree through his leadership Grand Rapids is indeed a safer city.

City leaders have the opportunity to continue making strides to provide equitable representation of all the communities it serves. It is essential that we take this time to look to the future, and to create an... read more

"Attendance + Effort = Success."

Attendance challenges are underway throughout GRPS and the Believe 2 Become Hope Zones, and everyone is excited to be where the cool kids are—in school!

Schools in the GRPS Hope Zones and district-wide are all tracking attendance, and the numbers are going up.

At the Southeast Student Success Center in the Central Zone, attendance has always been a challenge. Principal Chet Huff and the staff of SESSC make a special effort to honor students for the good... read more

Taking a Serious Look at the Future of the Black Community in GR. [VIDEO]

When weighing the balance of history and the present, there's only one question that really matters: What will the future look like?

"Empower Michigan", an initiative spearheaded by activists Jonathan Jellks, LINC Community Liaison Azizi Jasper and Jamiel Robinson, recently held a symposium at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids to take a look at the situation of the black community in Grand Rapids. "The Future of the Black Community in Grand Rapids: A Tale of Two Cities" brought together... read more

Capturing the community voice through Project Story.

We all have a story to tell. We all have aspirations. Regardless of where we start in life, we all deserve the opportunity to unlock our full potential. Amway’s Project Story seeks to explore global aspirations for freedom, family, hope, and reward. This summer, Project Story came to the LINC Gallery at 341 Hall Street SE, and the stories we heard were amazing.

LINC staff helped to capture the community voice with Project Story.... read more

Community Spotlight: Brian Beard

LINC knows that our communities are rich in one of the biggest assets there ispeople. We know hundreds of people go above and beyond to make a difference, to help others. Through LINC Neighborhood Engagement—which is the engine that drives the Believe 2 Become movement—we see inspirational work being done by community members. One such inspirational person is Brian Beard. Brian is one of the many people who work in our schools to help improve education and reach... read more

Providing space for children & families to grow.

LINC’s work is all about connecting people and families to opportunity. Using our real estate development department to create beautiful spaces in our communities is one way we go about this, but we do not stop at sticks and bricks alone. Creating spaces that will help all generations in the families we serve makes every change more sustainable. That is why we recently partnered with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to create a day care spaces for families... read more

Join us each and every month for First Fridays at LINC.

We would like to cordially invite you and your guests to First Fridays at LINC. Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the community at our premiere networking event. First Fridays is the perfect way to kick the first weekend of the month in style.

Enjoy live music, spoken word poetry, local art and delicious cuisine. Each month we choose a theme and partner with local organizations to expand networking opportunities.

First Fridays at the LINC Gallery
341... read more

Unveiling the LINC Gallery at 341 Hall (Video).

LINC recently cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the Madison Square neighborhood—the LINC Gallery at 341 Hall SE! LINC bought the building out of foreclosure last year and invested more than $380,000 to renovate the structure.

The space is a gallery to showcase the work of local artists, as well as a space for yoga and other classes. It is also the new venue for LINC's premiere networking event First Fridays. Each and every first Friday of the... read more

South Zone community planning underway (Video).

The Believe 2 Become movement is growing in the South Zone! Since launching the 4th and final B2B Hope Zone in May, parents and neighbors have joined in to help all students at Burton and Buchanan Schools succeed! The goal has been chosen—"Parents, teachers and community help create a safe and supportive environment for children to go to school and learn." Plans to make it a reality are already coming to life!

This series of meetings have proven to... read more

Congratulations to the 2013 LINC Community Spirit Award winners (Video).

Thank you to our Leadership Level Sponsor:

PNC Bank

Congratulations to all of this year’s Community Spirit Award winners! Following a luncheon catered by local vendors, more than 450 people gathered in the heart of the Madison Square community to honor the people and organizations that working to serve and improve our communities every day.

Many thanks to all of the nominees, and everyone who came out to support LINC and the community, and special thanks to this... read more

2013 Rock the Block Street Street Fair (Video).

The 2013 Rock the Block Street Fair in Madison Square was a huge success! On June 15th hundreds of residents came out to celebrate together, learn about community resources, enjoy live entertainment and have a fun family day. There was local food, live music, dance and spoken word poetry, a college & job fair and even a circus.

Rock the Block also provided an opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles, housing options, and offer direct access to education and job opportunities.... read more

Achieving the dream of homeownership.

A testimonial from Jonelle Moore, who recently bought a LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. home.

“It was an awesome process, no hiccups. We had tons of questions—in the end now I feel like I could teach a class on owning a home. We had 10 houses on the list and the first one we saw we now own. It’s an NSP [City of Grand Rapids Neighborhood Stablization Program] home, and it’s energy-efficient, which we love. We were so happy when we... read more

LINC wants to give your kindergartener a free scholarship for college.

LINC understands the importance of saving for college from day one. Kids who are supported for success starting in kindergarten are more likely to be successful through high school and college graduation and beyond. That’s why LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) are offering free LINC Future Fund Scholarships to give every child a head start on saving for their college education. The LINC Future Fund is creating accounts with scholarships for children currently... read more

The 2nd Community Literacy Summit is coming up.

Did you know?...

  • Over 30 million adults in the United States cannot read or write better than a third grader.  
  • The low literacy rate of adults in Grand Rapids is 22% and 14% in Kent County.  
  • Children who do not read at a proficient level by the third grade are more likely to drop out of high school, not attend college, and become low literate adults.  
  • Studies have shown that adults with low literacy skills are more likely to live in... read more

Upcoming Events.

We've got a ton of great events coming up - don't miss the opportunity to connect and engage with your community! More events can be found here.

 

August 15 | GRPS Alger Middle School New Parent School Introduction from 6pm to 7:30pm, 921 Alger St. SE.

August 20 | Grand Rapids City Commission Meeting at City Hall, 300 Monroe Avenue on the 9th floor from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

August 20 & 21 | Believe 2 Become West Zone school... read more

LINC is hiring!

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is now hiring!

LINC is a diverse organization with staff from five countries that come from a variety of distinctive professional backgrounds.  We have a many positions that can work for many different talents, and are excited to expand. We have lots of openings from food service to maintenance, and we're looking for talented, creative individuals to join our team!

Here are the positions (with descriptions!) that we currently have open:

Changes at GRPS: Theme school to emphasize learning through the arts

Grand Rapids Public Schools are undergoing a transformation, and the variety of educational options from pre-school to high school is increasing dramatically! GRPS knows that there is no “one size fits all” education, and so schools are being streamlined and updated to maximize every student’s time at school.

The latest exciting change to be announced is an arts-infused learning approach at Coit Creative Arts Academy, where GRPS has created a new Creative Arts Specialist position to help guide the... read more

Organizing for social change--training coming up at LINC.

Would you like to become more involved in your community and help organize residents to improve your neighborhood? Want to learn tactics to organize around a specific community issue? Want to know how to develop a winning strategy to build power and win your issue campaign?

LINC is partnering with the Midwest Academy to host an innovative two day training on advocacy and organizing for social change. If you are already active in your community, this training will help you reach... read more

LINC is hiring!

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is now hiring!

LINC is a diverse organization with staff from five countries that come from a variety of distinctive professional backgrounds.  We have a many positions that can work for many different talents, and are excited to expand. We have lots of openings from food service to maintenance, and we're looking for talented, creative individuals to join our team!

Available positions are:

LINC Community Spirit Awards are coming up, June 13th!

With all the revitalization work that is going on in our communities, it is important to take a step back and honor the individuals and organizations that are making positive changes happen. That’s why LINC is excited to announce the 5th annual Community Spirit Awards are coming up, giving a chance to honor those community members who have tirelessly devoted their time, energy and skills their neighborhoods.

Over 400 community members will gather this year for a luncheon and a celebration... read more

Changes at GRPS.

Grand Rapids Public Schools is undergoing a transformation, and the variety of educational options from pre-school to high school is increasing dramatically! GRPS knows that there is no “one size fits all” education, and so schools are being streamlined and updated to maximize every student’s time at school.

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. understands that schools are community centers, and ensuring access to quality education for EVERY child is crucial to healthy communities. And that is why it is important that all... read more

"LINC is that putty you can put in the cracks so no one falls through."

Solita Witherspoon puts her three-year-old grandson to the phone.

“Can you make your ‘c’ sound?” she says. A faint but discernible “c” sound comes through the phone. “Isn’t that great? Good job.”

Her grandson has just graduated from Baby Scholars (see gray box on opposite page) and she is proud of him. But she has reason to be proud of herself, too. Solita started working with a LINC Opportunity Center coach, Staci Nichols, recently to achieve her dreams. She learned about the... read more

A conversation with LINC staff from the other side of the table.

STACI NICHOLS, LINC Opportunity Coach: It’s inspiring to know that their negative cycle is broken. Solita may have gone through challenges in her life, but  she turned it around, and now her grandson is a Baby Scholar. The three-year-old is already making good choices, and she’s helping him.

VICTOR WILLIAMS, Believe 2 Become Natural Helper: She’s somebody that if you invest in her, she’s going to work hard.

STACI: From our first meeting it was a 12 foot jump into the deep... read more

Educating the new generation.

A testimonial from a Baby Scholars parent, Kevin Witherspoon.

“I think Baby Scholars did such a good job. They taught my son great communication skills—he’s well above average for his age. He knows better how to interact with other kids.

I’ve noticed a lot of changes. He can write his name now. He can count to 20. He knows his ABCs and letter sounds, and he’s only three.

The program got him to think about what he’s doing, and about making “good choices.”... read more

Addressing blight in Grand Rapids [Video].

LINC’s holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization means creating new spaces for our communities to grow, but it also sometimes means eliminating decaying structures and cleaning up empty spaces to pave the way for our neighborhoods to thrive. That is why LINC is excited to be a part of a state-wide grant to take out blighted structures in Grand Rapids communities.

Many streets on the Southwest and Southeast sides of Grand Rapids have been affected by foreclosure, leaving empty buildings. Parents do... read more

Take action against violence in your community TODAY.

The community has spoken—now its time for ACTION. Nearly 200 people came out to the last STOP IT community initiative meeting at G.R. Ford and took the pledge to take responsibility to stand up, step up and LINC up to STOP the violence.

This is just the beginning of the STOP IT initiative, and the plans aren't just words. It's time to start acting against senseless violence.

LINC has several initiatives, from a "Keep the Lights On" pledge to a "Buy local,... read more

Paying it forward.

Residents of all ages volunteer with LINC and the Believe 2 Become movement. Young or old, volunteers are a vital part of getting the community involved, and volunteerism is a value we all cherish. In the West Zone one of the most faithful volunteers is Maria Capello, a dedicated community member in her 80s. Whether it is a sunny summer day or the snow is piling up, Maria comes out to almost every West Zone meeting. We caught up with... read more

Join your community to STOP the violence this Thursday!

Join LINC for the next STOP IT meeting this Thursday, April 11th as we unveil the community's action plans, and learn how you can get involved! At the meeting, which will be held Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Middle School, we will present the plans, and give everyone a chance to put in further feedback, and the opportunity to get to work together.

“LINC and STOP IT understand that neighborhoods matter and in order to create... read more

LINC Up for Health & Wellness.

Health and wellness are intrinsically linked to thriving communities, and that is why LINC is expanding our health & wellness activities. The second cohort of the W.E.L.L. (Women Embracing Lasting Lifestyles) program is underway, and already making a big impact in the lives of women in our communities. This program is a collaboration between LINC, the Browning Claytor Health Center and the Kroc Center.

W.E.L.L., like everything LINC does, takes health on in a holistic way. It provides... read more

Eastern Avenue neighborhood plans revealed--come out and see your vision take shape!

You shared your vision for the Eastern Avenue neighborhood from Franklin to Wealthy—now come and see it come to life!

Join us Thursday night for a community dinner and discussion about the face of your ever-changing streets. We heard what you had to say and now you have a chance to see what your neighborhood could look like, and give final input for the plans as they move forward!

 

Thursday, February 21st

5:30pm

645 Logan St SE

... read more

STOP the violence. START the healing.

Have you been a victim of VIOLENCE?
Do you see violence in your COMMUNITY?
Do you have IDEAS on how to stop it?

You are not alone.

If you want to stop the violence, and believe we can, here is an opportunity to join your community to start the change. Help come up with solutions to the plague of violence that has been ravaging our neighborhoods. Let's pledge, as a community and as individuals, to stand strong in the face... read more

Young people speak up about blight.

We've all seen crumbling buildings and houses in our neighborhoods. We walk by these decaying relics every day. Abandoned homes and blight affect everything in our communities—it affects property values and investments but, even more than that, it affects the way we feel about our neighborhoods.

LINC's real estate and economic efforts in our communities are one way to start to wipe away the old and encourage a holistic revitalization. But it isn't just organizations like ours that are doing something... read more

LINC's co-director Darel Ross II on health equity and social justice.

Check out this Kent County Health Department video with LINC co-executive director Darel Ross II talking about health disparities and how community members can bring their voices to the table to advocate around health. LINC believes that healthcare equity is not separate from other community issues, but an undeniable part of them. In order to create revitalized communities, health equity needs to be a part of the conversation.

Healthy lifestyles are essential to a healthy community.

Find out how you can get... read more

One year of L.A.S.T.ing social transformation.

The LINC Academy for Social Transformation (L.A.S.T.) celebrates its first anniversary creating and transforming leaders.

LINC believes everyone has potential and we are all leaders.  We all have something to contribute and we need to be part of the change we want to see in our communities.

We have been working with local leaders for many years—whether in nonprofit organizations, block clubs or just residents that wanted to do something about their neighborhood.

What we found as we worked in the community was... read more

L.A.S.T.ing experiences (Video).

After one year of L.A.S.T., the thing that stands out the most is the passion and drive that is awakened in the participants. That is why the best way to describe the L.A.S.T. experience is with the words of its graduates. From individual quotes to a personal interview with L.A.S.T. graduate Raymond Trujillo, the impact of L.A.S.T. is clear. Take a journey through this amazing experience with quotes from individuals who have made active engagement in their communities priority #1.

“I’m... read more

LINC's economic development work takes center stage.

LINC’s economic development work is getting noticed! LINC is adding commercial space and creating jobs in the Madison Square neighborhood and beyond. Our Business Incubator just had its first graduate—Kristian Grant of Sydney’s Boutique.

LINC’s Business Development Center is home to several thriving local businesses, including our incubated businesses Southtown Guitar, Klipper Kingdom, RaiderTek, and the Southeast side’s very own radio station WYGR.

Pick up this month’s Grand Rapids Magazine to see a spread on... read more

Transforming Southtown (Video).

Southtown Square is now open! There are now nine new affordable townhouses in the Madison Square neighborhood, and an additional seven units are under construction.

These units are all LEED certified, making the monthly bills lower and the units environmentally friendly. The townhomes, which were constructed as a part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2), range from 800 to 1150 square feet and have between two and four bedrooms and up to two and a half baths. All... read more

Get the tools to get the job you want through the LINC Opportunity Center.

LINC can connect you to the tools you need for employment—and even connect you with jobs in Kent County! Call and make an appointment with a LINC Opportunity Center coach, and take a look at the jobs LINC currently has open, too.

Call our LOC coaches to learn more about available jobs in the Grand Rapids area and get information and assistance with applications. In addition, you can talk to LOC staff to learn more about our free services and... read more

Celebrating volunteers.

As a community revitalization organization, the common denominator in all of LINC’s work is people. Residents, parents, young people and every single person plays an essential part in the process of community building and restoring hope in our communities. So we held a Volunteer Appreciation Night at the LINC Development Center!

More than 100 people attended to honor more than 50 dedicated volunteers, celebrating all of the time, energy and passion that they have committed.

Between the average of two events... read more

Get involved in your city--LINC Up & Engage today.

LINC Up & Engage is your one stop shop to become civically engaged. Get involved with the issues that affect you, your friends, your family, and your neighborhood, and help shape the future of your community and city. Whether you're looking to attend a Grand Rapids City Commission or GRPS school board meeting and need a ride, or you're looking to find your polling location, LINC Up & Engage will point you in the right direction!... read more

Any dads in the house?

Reflections from Believe 2 Become Central Zone Community Liaison Willie Patterson III.

Any dads in the house? Yes! More than fifty in fact! Dads showed up in full force for one of the ongoing Believe 2 Become Donuts with Dads meetings in the Central Zone. What a powerful and exciting moment it was at MLK Leadership Academy as fathers, grandfathers and father figures converged on the school’s library to talk and learn about The five B2B Vital Behaviors, ... read more

We Are GR School Choice Expo.

The We Are GR School Choice Expo at Gerald R. Ford Middle School on January 29th was a great success! Families filtered in and out all evening, taking the chance to learn about Grand Rapids Public Schools. LINC helped to bring out more than 400 people over the course of the evening, and engaged on a personal level with many more.

Teachers and faculty at GRPS schools shared information on what makes their school special. The expo gave parents and... read more

LINC helps workers learn lead safe construction practices.

LINC is now helping to train local low-income construction workers on lead safe work practices.

Through a grant from the City of Grand Rapids, 11 workers have already qualified for certification after a training at LINC.

In order to get them licensed and qualify them for a viable position at an area contractor, qualified workers go through the Section 3 training. The training shows them lead abatement practices, providing instruction on everything from how to set up, what tools... read more

Be a part of creating your neighborhood news.

LINC is looking for interested people of any age to help tell the story of what is happening in their neighborhoods. News is best told by the people on the ground—so join the LINC News Bureau on The Rapidian!

The LINC News Bureau is a project of The Rapidian under the Community Media Center designed to bring news to the people of Grand Rapids through the eyes and ears of their fellow community members. LINC will provide the... read more

Bring your great ideas to the TEDxGR Pop Up event at LINC this Saturday.

Do you have great ideas worth spreading? Are you passionate about your community, your city, or anything that you just know you need to share? Bring your ideas to LINC this Saturday for the TEDxGR Pop Up event!

If you love talking about ideas worth spreading with people who love our community, now is your chance to participate in a local version of the world renowned TED conference.

This year’s day-long TEDxGrandRapids event on May 9, 2013, at the Grand Rapids... read more

We Are GR School Choice Expo tonight!

Be a part of a brighter future!

Grand Rapids Public Schools are strongly committed to making sure all children are supported for success. In fact, GRPS has the largest selection of school choices in the region! 

LINC Up with us at Gerald R. Ford Middle School on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 learn about all of the Theme Schools, Centers of Innovation and Neighborhood Schools. You will also have a chance to sign your child up for these... read more

Open House at Southtown Square.

Join us for an Open House for one of our brand new units in Southtown Square! This newly constructed unit, located at 433 Umatilla, is affordable and comfortable.

The unit will be open from from 2:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday, January 20th.

Here's a chance to take a peek at LINC's innovation development in the Southtown neighborhood. It's a modern unit that includes all major appliances, window treatments, ceramic tile kitchens, garage space and more. The unit is fully energy... read more

Enroll you and your child in Baby Scholars today.

You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher. Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER.

It’s a new year and another chance to give your child a head start on their education! You can get the tools you need to help your child reach their full potential through Believe 2 Become’s Baby Scholars program.

Baby Scholars is a set of educational programs and classes to help you become the best teacher you can be for your child, and to prepare them... read more

Make sure to submit your entry for the Central Zone essay contest!

Hey, Central Zone parents - make sure your student enters the B2B Essay Contest for a chance to win a U.S. savings bond worth up to $250! The deadline is January 9th, and completed essays can be dropped off attention to Willie Patterson at the LINC offices, 1167 Madison Avenue, or can be emailed directly to him at .

We want to hear from the students from the Believe 2 Become Central Zone Schools about the importance of school and how... read more

Supporting eachother through B2B.

I Believe I Become families that came out to G. R. Ford Middle School on Thursday, December 21, 2012 were living proof the positive support of all GRPS students that is growing in our schools—and evidence that coming together as a community makes our schools a fun, safe place to be!

At the Ford Family Fun Night families, neighbors, students and teachers came together to celebrate hard work and achievement over the course of the year. There was a... read more

G.R. Ford B2B Family Night coming up - come and hear about Winter Reading Rewards!

G.R. Ford families - join your fellow community members for a Believe 2 Become Family Night this Thursday! There will be health screenings and projects for everyone, and full access to all the community resources you need. 

In addition, bring your G.R. Ford student to find out more about Winter Reading Rewards (earn gift cards!) and learn more about the B2B Essay contest, which gives every student a chance to win a $250 U.S. savings bond!

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Now hiring at LINC!

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is now hiring!

Have experience in construction and/or real estate development? Maybe you could be our next Rehab Specialist. Are you a leader with experience in data management and community development work that can see the big picture? Check our our Operations Coordinator position!

LINC is a diverse organization with staff from five countries that come from a variety of distinctive professional backgrounds.  We have a many positions that can work for many different talents, and are... read more

Meet the Contractors: Southtown Square, phase II.

Join LINC and the Wolverine Building Group for “Meet the Contractors”! Attendees will get an insider's look at the upcoming Southtown Square (phase II) construction project, which will be released for bidding shortly after the 1st of the year.

Attendees will be able to take an advanced look at the upcoming Southtown Square (Phase II) construction project, which will be released for bidding shortly after the 1st of the year.

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Health and wellness for women.

LINC has a unique opportunity to women living with diabetes or at risk for developing it. This collaboration between the Browning Claytor Heath Center, LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. and the Kroc Center is completely about women's health.

For 12 weeks, the group meets for an hour of interactive instruction around diabetes and healthy maintenance. Then immediately following is an hour of physical activity with a trainer at the Kroc Center. The best part....it's totally free! All that's necessary is a time... read more

Seeking massage therapist.

Are you a massage therapist looking for a great position? LINC is working with an agency looking for a qualified manual massage therapist/OTA. Check out the listing below or pass it on to someone you know and contact LINC today! Submit your resume to , or call us at 616.451.9140. This post closes on 12/12/12, so apply today!

Manual Massage Therapist/OTA (GR MI)
We are looking for a medical massage therapist with skills and experience of muscle energy techniques.... read more

Get the tools to get the job you want through the LINC Opportunity Center.

LINC can connect you to the tools you need for employment - and even connect you with jobs in Kent County! Call and make an appointment with a LINC Opportunity Center coach, or take a look at the jobs LINC currently has open, too!

Call our LOC coaches to learn more about available jobs in the Grand Rapids area and get information and assistance with job applications. In addition, you can talk to LOC staff to learn more about our... read more

Pailalen: a goal of the West Zone Discipline and Values Group.

Pailalen graduation is tonight in the West Hope Zone! Pailalen, a group training for parents through the Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, is designed to provide the skills to parents to bring peace into their lives and families, and in turn bring peace to their communities. Pailalen has had Believe 2 Become West Zone participants meeting every Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at César Chávez Elementary School this fall, and 18 of them will... read more

Townhomes unveiled; $10M phase 2 on tap

Details of two major development projects in Grand Rapids -- one completed and the other on the horizon -- were unveiled Thursday.

LINC Community Revitalization Inc. first cut the ribbon on nine townhomes in its Southtown Square development in the Madison Square neighborhood.

LINC then announced Phase 2 of the project, which includes plans for construction of a $10 million business and residential development in the Southtown neighborhood. Stay with 24 Hour News 8 throughout the day... read more

Locals asked for urban planning input: Meetings being held to revitalize southtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Grand Rapids group is asking for local residents to give their input to help shape the future of the southtown neighborhood.

Organizers call it holistic urban planning. The idea is to get not only developers involved, but also to also get the input of the people who actually live in neighborhoods in need of revitalization.

"'How do we get the people who live in the neighborhood to design the neighborhood?' And that... read more

Overcoming the language barrier.

Reflections from Rosie Lozano, Believe 2 Become West Zone Community Liaison on the leaders in this bi-lingual community.

For 11 months I have known and worked with my leaders (moms of the west) and yesterday they all surprised me. They were in a focus group giving feedback on how to better connect people in the community to existing resources to make a collective impact. The... read more

It is a greeting. It is a movement.

Reflections from Kari Bergman, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

As I strolled down Cherry Street before work, a booming “We Believe!” reached my ears across the chilly morning air. I looked across the street to see a gentleman walking towards me smiling. Out of instinct instilled by over 50 community meeting rally cries I responded with “We Become!” and we continued walking our separate ways.

I smiled all the way home thinking of the depth of meaning that this simple exchange carried. It... read more

Share your vision for the Eastern Ave neighborhood!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to become involved in the design and future development of the Eastern Ave neighborhood.

With funding from Dyer-Ives, LINC is leading a community-driven area planning and opportunity mapping project for the neighborhoods surrounding Eastern/Franklin and Eastern/Wealthy. During the open house sessions listed below you will have a chance to join a walking tour, speak with architects from Isaac V. Norris & Associates, and share your vision for this area.

This project is going... read more

Parent meeting at César E. Chávez tomorrow!

Parents, families, and friends of César E. Chávez students - it's time to meet again! It's time for another Believe 2 Become school-based meeting - tomorrow night!

The first 100 families get a gift card!

October 24, 2012
5:30pm – 8:30pm
César E. Chávez Elementary School

Let’s continue to join forces and work with our school to ensure the success of our children.

Prepare kids to be successful in school, work and life!

Family dinner and childcare provided.

Contact West... read more

Events this week.

We've got a ton of great events coming up - don't miss the opportunity to connect and engage with your community! More events can be found here.

Job Opportunity Orientation and Job Informational session this week!

Hey - are you are someone you know looking for a great job? LINC is having a Job Opportunity Orientation and Job Informational Session this Wednesday from 11am to 12pm! Get information on job placement, meet with LINC Opportunity Center coaches, learn about how LINC can help you improve your resume, interview skills and more! LINC up with us today!
 
Contact info@lincrev.org for more information.

 

Now accepting applications for Southtown Square.

LINC is now accepting applications for the first phase of Southtown Square townhomes!

You may have noticed the construction of new and modern townhomes in the Southtown Square area. Now is your chance to stay in one of nine comfortable, contemporary and affordable units!

 

· One 2-bedroom unit, seven 3-bedroom units, one 4-bedroom unit

· Complete appliance packages

· Central air

· Private garages

· Energy efficient = low monthly utility bills

        · Handicapped accessible units available

        · 1300 to 1600 square feet

 

* Call us for the... read more

An I Believe I Become Family.

Erica Carrisalez held her 4-year-old daughter E’Mari at the I Believe I Become East Zone Community meeting last night and said that her involvement with the initiative has been so positive that she is making it a priority.

“If we can get parents to feel that they have a role, especially the men, then what I notice is that they step up and actually play it,” she said.

Carrisalez and her husband have brought their children —daughter Jaccia, 12, twins... read more

The LINC Academy for Social Transformation (LAST) graduates another class!

Another class of emerging leaders have graduated from the LINC Academy for Social Transformation in Spanish! Nine Spanish speaking and bi-lingual groundbreakers are armed with tools, resources and training to help lead their communities to success on all levels. Three participants — Myra Cortez, Sandra Martinez and Monica Sabala —tell us how the academy affected them.

What have you learned so far?

Myra: This educated me that we can be heard. This class is giving us the materials and the knowledge... read more

Roll Call: B2B? Present!

Reflection on the Attendance Challenge in by Central Zone Community Liaison Willie Patterson.

As a result of parental engagement and through the indigenous wisdom of parents, B2B has changed the culture of attendance. The parents wanted to see more children off the streets during school hours. The community wanted to see how through collaboration with local partners they could increase attendance in the Central Zone. B2B then reached out to the Kentwood Fun Spot Skating Rink to launch the Central... read more

LINCing Young People to YouthBuild.

YouthBuild is going strong in the Grand Rapids area, and LINC has helped the process along. LINC is working with YouthBuild and its partners to spread the word about this transformative program, which provides low-income young adults ages 18-24 with tools and training to get certification and jobs in the construction industry.

Workforce development is a key component of healthy communities, and so LINC helped spread the word about the program. Program Manager Amber Fox said that nearly all of... read more

Leaders in the West Zone reflect on LINC and the Believe 2 Become Initiative.

Community leaders say that the Believe 2 Become initiative in the West Zone is changing the way people interact in their neighborhoods.

Community engagement efforts in the West Zone have reached more than 60 percent of households in the West Zone. People have participated in surveys, gone to B2B meetings, volunteered to help out at events and much more since the first community meeting there in July of last year.

The heads of various organizations, churches and other community hubs... read more

Business Incubator helps local entrepreneur's shop grow.

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. is proud to announce its Business Incubator has its first graduate. Kristian Grant, owner of Sydney’s Boutique, has moved from the LINC Business Center to a stand-alone retail space in Eastown.

Kristian joined the LINC Business Incubator a little over a year ago and set up shop in the LINC Business Center at 1258 Madison Ave. Kristian worked with LINC’s Economic Development Director Jorge Gonzalez to grow her business, and took free classes on... read more

PTCCs are coming to a school near you - contact LINC to find out more!

Through I Believe I Become neighborhood engagement, more than 300 parents came out to learn more about the Parent Teacher Community Councils (PTCC) at Notos on October 9th!

Many B2B resident leaders who have been involved in the neighborhood engagement process in their zones stepped up to the plate and became PTCC leaders!

Contact your B2B Community Liaison to learn more about how you can get involved with PTCCs today!

Central Zone: Willie Patterson, 308.6315 | willie @ lincrev.org

West Zone: Rosie Lozano, 308.6698... read more

See you Thursday, East Zone!

Calling all East Zone parents, neighbors and families!

It's time to get together again as a community to brainstorm ways to support our children in school, work and life! This week you will be pinpointing the best strategies and plans for the zone.

We can't wait to see you there!

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Rapidian: Jay Starkey: Servicing the community one pair of shoes, one donation at a time

Rapdian LINC News Bureau reporter Diondra Henderson wrote this story about a local nonprofit. Here is a peek at the story!

Jay Starkey reaches out to the community one donation and one pair of shoes at a time.

Starkey is executive director of In the Image, a non-profit organization on Grand Rapids southwest side. In the Image is a faith-based non-profit that turns revenue from clothing recycling into brand new pairs of shoes... read more

LINC working to create spaces for quality early education.

LINC is working with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative to create positive pre-kindergarten learning spaces in our communities! The LINC real estate development department will be working to bring four sites across the city up to code so that they can be used by the ELNC preschool service system.

ELNC offers an innovative preschool service system aimed at providing quality early care and education in underserved neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. As an existing partner, LINC will be re-designing existing spaces... read more

Celebrate Literacy Month at the Community Literacy Summit September 19.

September is Literacy Month and LINC will be getting involved by participating in the Community Literacy Summit on September 19th!

Many people would be astonished to learn that about 22 percent of adults in Kent County can’t read. That is why the Literacy Center of West Michigan is working to bring people and organizations together to share best practices and brainstorm new ideas to improve the literacy rate. The summit, which they are hosting at Grand Valley’s... read more

Reflections on "Pack" for Success: Free Backpack Giveaway.

Reflections from Willie Patterson, Central Community Liaison on a recent event to give away backpacks and school supplies before the fall semester began.

August 14th, 2012 started out like any other day in the community but for me there was a nervous excitement in the pit of my stomach. The kind of nervousness you get before you play your best game or run the fastest race of your life. It was not a race that made me feel this way but... read more

LINC uses technology to bridge language barrier.

LINC is now leveraging technology to facilitate bilingual meetings! At the August 16th I Believe I Become meeting in the West Zone, English and Spanish speakers had an easier time with translation in break-out sessions using wireless transmitters. 

Translators from the Interpreter Network in Grand Rapids spoke into microphones that worked like a radio signal with wireless headsets. Interpreters translated from Spanish to English in real time in a low voice so as not to disturb the full group discussion,... read more

Inspiring video celebrates two years of Believe 2 Become community work!

In two years the I Believe I Become initiative has brought our communities together and brought us to new heights, and we will only soar ever higher. Watch this video, get inspired, and then get involved. We believe our children can succeed in school, work and life!

Share the story with everyone you know!

LINC is proud to see that the LINC Neighborhood Engagement Team is the engine driving this movement and the relationships we are building... read more

First Fridays at LINC... An opportunity for professionals to Meet, Mingle, and Build

We invite you to mix with the movers and shakers of our vibrant community every first Friday of the month at LINC. This event provides a space for minority professionals, young up and comers, politicians, community stakeholders, and neighborhood advocates alike to come together and share ideas.

Enjoy live jazz and delicious cuisine from local vendors, and spoken word provided by Azizi Jasper and friends. First Fridays are all about networking and community building with entertainment and... read more

The Latino community talks health

 

Health is not necessarily something people want to talk openly about in a public setting, but it is one of the biggest issues affecting communities today. But that was exactly what happened the evening of August 8th at César Chávez Elementary School as members of the Latino community gathered for a conversation hosted by LINC and Blue Cross Blue Shield – “Let’s Talk Health Latino Michigan.”

More than 200 community members, families, and kids gathered for a community conversation about what... read more

Being the change you want to see.

“If we show presence, we can make change.

This very true statement came from Reyna Garcia, a LINC Academy for Social Transformation (L.A.S.T.) graduate and a parent who has lived in two Believe 2 Become zones. She believes strongly in the power of any community, and says she sees it now with LINC and B2B every single day. Garcia says she knows she is a leader now, and is ready and able to make change.

How did you get involved with Believe... read more

Awakening the lioness within.

Monica Quíroz is the President of the Parent Teacher Organization at César Chávez Elementary School. She is active in I Believe I Become activities. She is a community leader. But she wasn’t always this involved in her community and school. Her involvement started when the I Believe I Become movement came to the West Zone. She says a “lioness awoke in me.” She is a living testimonial to the B2B movement – here is her story in her own... read more

The four-year-old graduate.

When East Zone Community Liaison Javonte Tubbs spoke with Steven Fowler and Latasha Cloud, they were so proud of their son Somaje Cloud that it seemed like they would burst. Somaje is a four-year-old graduate of Baby Scholars, and his parents told Javonte all about the journey. Javonte tells the story.

Four year old Somaje Cloud has Graduated! Somaje Cloud, son of Steven Fowler and Latasha Cloud, has graduated from the Baby Scholars Program held at Stepping Stones Elementary School. 

"What... read more

Celebrating the West Zone.

I Believe I Become is not just a meeting – it’s a movement. As each community goes through the various stages of the process, it is always fun to pause for a minute, take a breath, step back and say, “Wow, look at what we’ve done!”

That is what West Zone did a couple of weeks ago. On July 26th the gym at César Chávez Elementary School was packed with parents and community members celebrating the work that their zone has... read more

Rent LINC space in Madison Square and revitalize from within.

‘Tis the season for retail space! We’re shaking things up in the Madison Avenue business corridor and are looking for businesses that are interested in newly renovated spaces.

There is space opening up in the LINC Business Center and some others along the street near the intersection at Hall. We even have some space in the LINC Development Center – right in the heart of Madison Square.

The square footage ranges from 300 ft. to 700 ft., and the price ranges accordingly.... read more

Southtown Square update.

Now that it is underway, the construction of Southtown Square is moving fast. We are inching closer to the point where eligible residents can apply to live in the spacious new affordable housing – but first we take a peek inside.

The nine-unit two-story townhouses will have a variety of housing options. The townhouses at 429 Umatilla will have a two bedroom, a three bedroom and a four-bedroom with 3.5 bathrooms. The space at 428 Woodlawn will hold two three bedroom... read more

Upcoming Events.

It's almost time to go back to school, so August is chock-full of things to do outside! Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved in your neighborhood! More information about all of these events can be found here.

August 8 | Join us and our partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for the Let’s Talk Health Latino Michigan at César Chavéz Elementary School from 4:30-8:30pm. Be there to share your concerns and comments... read more

Calling all East Zone Residents: It's time to vote!

The third East Zone meeting is tonight, and it’s time for friends, parents and neighbors to get together and identify one goal for your community! Believe 2 Become is all about supporting our children’s educational future, and over the last two meetings the community has worked hard to identify goals that would help children succeed. Now it’s time to vote for the one goal that you think would be best for your community.

So let your voice be heard! It’s never... read more

Calling all GRPS students - Read and get FREE ICE CREAM with Reading Rewards!

Looking for a way to make summer reading even more fun? Just add ice cream! The I Believe I Become Central Youth Action Committee is launching its Reading Rewards program from now until September 5th! They and the Madison Square Dairy Treat have a challenge for all Grand Rapids Public School students grades K-12: read books for free treats!

For K-8th graders, just read three books and get a free treat, 9-12 graders just read two for a... read more

Let's Talk Health Latino Michigan 2012 - Join the discussion!

It's time to talk health with the Latino community here in Grand Rapids. We are linking up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to learn about the issues and health concerns affecting you, directly from you. We want to hear from you about the priorities within the Latino community, your experiences, concerns and - most importantly - your ideas to address health disparities and improve our overall community health.

Lift your voice by participating in the ... read more

One person can change the world.

As a dedicated member of the I Believe I Become community, Minnie Dentmond has never missed a meeting. She started attending gatherings in the Central Zone, and is continuing to lend her wisdom as the East Zone joins the B2B movement.

LINC: What compels you to take such an active part in the I Believe I Become movement?

Minnie: I like meeting people and talking with them. The I Believe I Become meetings provide a great opportunity for me to inform others... read more

Learning to see life through baby's eyes.

Hope Warren Plummer knows when her 8 month-old baby Jayden is done eating.

“I’ve always liked to have him finish all the food, but now I know when he’s done that ‘no means no’,” she laughs.

Hope learned how to better communicate with Jayden through I Believe I Become’s Baby Scholars program. She and Jayden started the program when he was 5 months old in the Baby Scholars 5-19 month age group. A coach came to her home once a week for... read more

Vote for LINC: Help us win $45,000 in Erhardt's Building Our Community contest!

LINC is happy to announce our participation in Erhardt Construction’s 50th Anniversary Building Our Community Contest. Our organization has a chance to win a $45,000 construction project or cash donations from the contest, but we need your help. The public will be able to vote for their favorite and most deserving non-profit organization. You can vote once per day at http://www.erhardtcc.com/community/vote.php

We plan to use the $45,000 to renovate the currently vacant commercial space at 1363 Grandville Ave... read more

I Believe I Become moves East this Thursday!

Home of Campus Elementary School and MLK Park, the I Believe I Become East zone is beginning a journey that will rally the community in support of improving educational outcomes for their kids.

The I Believe I Become community meetings in the B2B east zone kick off on June 21 at Campus Elementary from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

LINC leads the I Believe I Become community engagement efforts and we believe it is important to raise up the community’s voice and follow the community’s... read more

Connecting for vital change.

“This is what we do, bring people together.”

- Darel Ross at LINC’s Business Networking event June 1

Connection is at the heart of LINC’s work and is crucial for the revitalization of communities. It can take shape in simple forms like conversations, shared experience, or even a handshake.

On Friday June 1 we hosted the Business LINC where members of the Grand Rapids Black Chamber, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber, GROW, MI-SBTDC and Local First gathered with the community to network, connect with... read more

Madison Ave was hoppin' on Saturday.

For a day filled with so many people and moving pieces, it seems that pictures speak much more of the energy, excitement and celebration than words. Check out this slideshow of the 2nd Annual Rock the Block Health Fest where over 3000 community members gathered on Madison Avenue to enjoy local food, live entertainment and connect with a host of resources.

A lasting transformation.

Often times we talk about challenges and lack of opportunity, or the difficulty and distress our communities face.  Although that may be the reality and it can be overwhelming, I am humbled and amazed not just at the wisdom of our residents, but at their willingness and perseverance despite many challenges and limitations. 

While we continue to build capacity and develop leadership skills of community members our vision and understanding of what defines an effective leader are constantly expanded and altered.... read more

No list is too long.

Back in February Tiffani Smith, an aspiring poet and mother of five, came to the LINC Opportunity Center orientation to learn more about the opportunities available to help her achieve success.  After the orientation she was assigned a personal opportunity coach and they worked together to identify a list of goals that she wanted to work towards. The seemingly ambitious list included repairing her credit, developing a business plan, building her poetry brand “Arnica Avenue,” and finding a job... read more

Upcoming Events.

Summer is here, let's get together! Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here.

June 12 & 19 | GR City Commission Meeting. Come and raise your voice, speak into the community issues! City Hall at 7:00pm (300 Monroe Ave NW, 9th Floor).

June 13 & 27| LINC Opportunity Center Orientation at LINC from 11am-12pm.

June 14 | I Believe I Become... read more

LINC brings local minority chambers together for a chance to collaborate

Fathers and families: Come to see “Courageous”

I Believe I Become, a neighborhood initiative designed to help children succeed in school, work and life, will host a free screening of the movie “Courageous.”

When: May 25, 2012 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy SE

Become a role model for your child, join us for a free movie screening of “Courageous” this Friday, May 25th. “Courageous” offers a deeper look at the role of a father with laughter, joy and heartfelt wisdom. This blockbuster moves us to think about the importance of male involvement... read more

Cinco de Mayo at our 1st Friday Networking Event!

Thank you to all that came out to LINC’s First Friday Networking Event in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The May event was very successful. First Friday is a monthly social networking event for diverse professionals. It’s a great opportunity to network and socialize with your colleagues and meet new people.  

Come out to our next event on June 1st! The Isaac Norris Project will be playing.

With cool tunes, great food and drink, good conversation – LINC’s First Friday... read more

Share your thoughts about an Arts-Based, International Baccalaureate school in GR!

The Grand Rapids Symphony is investigating a collaborative project between the Grand Rapids arts community and Grand Rapids Public Schools to explore the possibility of opening a school of arts with an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Currently City High is the only GRPS school with IB curriculum.

The school would incorporate music, theater, visual and dance arts to allow students to develop essential creative- and critical-thinking skills. The IB program will allow them to compete at international levels and... read more

Urban LINC helps businesses in the community

What do you think of when you envision your favorite city, town or neighborhood? For many it is the busy streets filled with local folks talking, laughing, sitting and walking amidst the backdrop of local coffee shops, grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, antique stores, jewelers, storefronts filled with colorful products and bustling offices.  This vision highlights one of the pillars of a vibrant neighborhood or community: its business district.  These spaces provide an opportunity for community members to meet and mingle... read more

Save the date for Rock the Block 2012!

It is time to Rock the Block again! We are taking over Madison Ave on June 9 to celebrate community, culture and connection to opportunity! The Fest will feature local food, live entertainment, health screenings, GRPS graduate appreciation, give-a-ways, activities for children, a car show, chess tournament, horse-back rides and more.

The main purpose of the 2nd Annual Rock the Block Health Fest & Fair is to advocate for and educate our community on healthy lifestyles and provide direct access... read more

A Believe 2 Become Central Liaison's reflections of Family Fun Night.

Today, I have pride in my heart and a smile on my face for the Central Zone Community and the commitment families have made to stay involved with their children. This was made apparent as more than 190 parents and children filled the Seidman Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday night. The venue quickly became a metropolis of smiles and community spirit for the second in a series of Family Fun Night collaborations with the Believe 2 Become... read more

Community surveys lead to inspiration and opportunity.

Since 2010 LINC Natural Helpers have been canvassing the community to conduct the “Believe 2 Become Hope Zone Household Survey” In addition to gauging the progress of the Believe 2 Become initiative and its impact on community and family behaviors, the surveys provide a chance for our team to intimately connect with people and families. It opens doors for deep conversation, offering a chance for individuals, parents and neighbors to share their stories, their struggles and their passions.

One... read more

Urban LINC filled with civic engagement and enthusiasm

A few Friday mornings ago State Representative, and one of Urban LINC’s cowork members, Brandon Dillon held a meet and greet in the cowork space. As community members gathered for a chance to speak with their local representative, the event evolved into an opportunity to share the importance and responsibility for all to become civically engaged on the local, state and national level. Political leaders and activists had a chance to raise awareness regarding ballot proposals and... read more

Have you heard about Community LINC?

W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan has awarded LINC $1.8 million to launch Community LINC an effort to stabilize families and communities by helping families move out of poverty and increasing the capacity of residents to lead change.

Years of marginalization, poverty, and unemployment have created a structure of inequality and these conditions are systemically perpetuated within our neighborhoods. We believe there are direct relationships between personal asset building and future development; parent’s stability and children’s success and;... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here.

May 8 | Election day! Get to the polls and let your voice be heard!

May 8 | West Zone Neighborhood Clean Up 6pm-8:30pm. Meet at Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association!

May 9 | LINC Opportunity Center orientation at the LINC Development Center from 11am-12pm.

May 9 & 11 | LINC Academy for Transformation (this training... read more

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head...

Rain barrels have been proven an effective and easy strategy for managing community storm water issues and improving water quality.  LINC is partnering with WMEAC - West Michigan Environmental Action Council to host a Rain Barrel Workshop Monday April 30th 2012 at 7:00pm in the LINC Development Center  (1167 Madison Avenue SE | Grand Rapids, MI). The cost is $25 which covers materials and kits provided by WMEAC through a partnership with the City of Grand Rapids... read more

A mighty strong woman.

“Don’t stop dreaming and keep hope, if you lose that you have nothing.” 
    ~ Phyllis Farabee, LINC Opportunity Center (LOC) Participant

Let us tell you about one of the strongest people we have met. Phyllis came to LINC looking for a place to live. She was homeless, unemployed, and trying to care for her adult son who has a disability.

Phyllis' search for a home led her to learn about the resources available through the LINC Opportunity Center, “I... read more

The power of neighborhood engagement in driving a movement

LINC’s Neighborhood Engagement team has been an agent for change in our communities. The Believe 2 Become movement is inspiring parents and neighbors to look at the value of education in a new light. This movement is broad in scope and rich in opportunities for families in Grand Rapids.  

Baby Scholars offers hands-on learning for parents and children to ensure kids 0-5 are prepared for kindergarten. Schools of Hope offers after school literacy opportunities for children in... read more

Meeting great people at Urban LINC

The first of its kind, urban cowork space is gaining momentum. Fifteen local entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the comfortable and collaborative environment equipped with wifi, conference space and office amenities.

One of the members is Monica Sparks, owner of Urban Sparks and Monica Sparks Radio Show. She is excited for the opportunity Urban LINC offers to “meet great people that are making a difference in the lives of others as they contribute to the growth of our West... read more

Connecting with Roosevelt Park Loft tenants

In an effort to intertwine and interconnect community members with local resources, opportunities, and each other LINC staff gathered with Roosevelt Park Lofts tenants, the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association representatives and Community Police officers on Tuesday, April 4 to get to know each other, learn about LINC's initiatives, and discuss ways to create a safe and neighborly environment.

Residents said what they like best about Roosevelt Park Lofts is the location and proximity to their children's school, the view... read more

Be a part of 2012 Rock the Block Health Fest!

The date is set for the 2012 Rock the Block Health Fest!

On Saturday June 9 community members will come together on Madison Ave to celebrate, enjoy good food and entertainment while learning about the wealth of health, wellness and other community resources available to them.

We are expecting about 4,000 residents to attend this event and are extending the opportunity to local organizations and businesses to host an informational table at the event. To learn more about this... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here.

April 10 | LINC Opportunity Center orientation at the LINC Development Center from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

April 10 & 17 | GR City Commission Meeting. Come and raise your voice, speak into the community issues! City Hall at 7:00pm (300 Monroe Ave NW, 9th Floor).

April 18 |
LINC Opportunity Center orientation at... read more

Speak up and urge Michigan legislators to invest in education!

Michigan used to be the place that moved the world--from music, to automobiles, to great colleges and universities.  But this greatness is threatened. Last year the Michigan Legislature slashed nearly $1 BILLION from the education budget, forcing school districts to increase class sizes, eliminate programs, lay-off teachers and increase tuition. For over a decade, state funding for education has not kept up with inflation.

LINC has joined the Michigan Organizing Collaborative to call upon the State to Invest in... read more

A First Friday experience

LINC Up First Friday is the "Monthly Groove for the Professional," offering a premiere networking event for professionals in the Grand Rapids area. The event has grown since the first gathering in November and we have seen a diverse mix of business professionals and community members. Gwen Nathan, LINC News Bureau reporter, shares her experience during February’s First Friday below:

LINC Up First Friday is an event that LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. sponsors every first Friday of the month. On... read more

Join us for the 2012 LINC Community Spirit Awards

The date is Thursday, March 29, 2012. The location is the Goei Center in downtown Grand Rapids.  And the purpose is simple: bestow the Community Spirit Awards on community members who have tirelessly devoted their time, energy and skills to revitalizing their neighborhoods.   This honor is the spirit of what LINC is all about.

Over 300 attendees joined the awards celebration last year.  Nine incredible organizations and individuals were recognized for their tireless work then.   Their contributions – just... read more

Presenting the first graduating class of L.A.S.T...

“This training has allowed me to believe in the community, trust in the community, and realize that we have to make sacrifices so that change in our community can work.”
    - Participant in L.A.S.T. Winter 2012 Class

The beginning of 2012 brought with it the very first class of the LINC Academy for Social Transformation. The group of 20 journeyed through leadership development activities and dove deep into the root causes of some of the issues plaguing... read more

Even a pair of shoes.

A lot of what we do is inform and connect. LINC Opportunity Center seeks to walk with individuals from where they are to where they want to be and this walk looks different for everyone. Although most begin with an introduction to all of the services we offer and assessment of the individual or family’s needs, the next steps are completely tailored to that individual. We believe it is imperative to connect community members to opportunities which restore hope... read more

Home for sale and incentives to rent!

LINC recently completed the major rehabilitation of 1428 Lafayette SE, a beautiful 3 bedroom, 1 bath home priced at $65,000. As part of the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (II), homebuyer assistance is available to eligible buyers for up to 20% of the purchase price available to write down the mortgage and assist with closing costs. Eligible buyers would need to qualify for a mortgage of at least $55,000 and monthly payment would be around $500 a month for mortage,... read more

It's all about the kids.

On an unusually sunny evening in February the parents, neighbors and children of the Believe 2 Become West Zone gathered to continue the work of community building and action planning to ensure that all children are prepared to be successful in life by what they learn at home, in school and in the community.

As I sat among the crowd taking notes and capturing thoughts a group of kids gathered around, curious about what I was doing and eager to... read more

For the month of March...

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to .

Tonight! LINC Up First Friday Networking Event at LINC from 5:30pm-11:00pm. Join us for jazz, food, friends & spoken word!

March 7 | LINC Opportunity Center & ... read more

LINC joins statewide collaborative representing over 50,000 residents to call for an increased state commitment to education

On Thursday March 1, 2012, LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. will join with the Michigan Organizing Collaborative, the Micah Center and the community as a whole to shift our state’s conversation towards education. A press conference will be held at the LINC Development Center, 1167 Madison Ave Se Grand Rapids MI at 10:00 to announce the launch of a statewide grass roots on-line petition drive to “Invest In Education.”

Featured speakers at the Grand Rapids press conference will be: Jeremy DeRoo and Darel Ross II -... read more

LINC Up First Friday - March 2 - featuring jazz & spoken word!

LINC Up First Fridays presents...

Jazz & Spoken Word

It's that time again!  We’re so excited about our First Friday event taking place on March 2, 2012 from 5:30-10:00pm at LINC. This networking experience will be complete with sounds of Jazz and Soul Shaking Grooves performed live by the Isaac Norris Project and Spoken Word artist Tiffinii Smithand Syreeta Nelson aka “Simply Deep”.

Light hor d’oeuvres, dinner special and a cash bar will also be available.  Please RVSP to firstfriday@lincrev.org no later... read more

Save the date: LINC Up for Jazz, Food & Friends on March 2nd!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the LINC Up First Friday event on February 3. There were many new faces, a diverse range of businesses represented and even a few masks! Be sure to check out photos from our last event here.

Join us for the next event on March 2nd to share a drink, grab some delicious food, and enjoy jazz & spoken word in the company of friends. Feel free to pass on the details of the LINC’s First Friday Jazz &... read more

2012 Community Spirit Awards: Nominations still open and Tickets on sale!

Tickets are on sale now for LINC's 2012 Community Spirit Awards. Make sure to save your seat!

We have also extended the deadline to February 15 to submit nominations for the CSA's so there is still time to show some love to community members, organizations and leaders that are going above and beyond every day to improve our neighborhoods.

LINC established the Community Spirit Awards in 2009, to recognize and thank community members who have tirelessly devoted their time,... read more

Jazz, Food & Friends!

This Friday, February 3rd, is the Linc Up First Friday Networking Event and we would love to see you there!

LINC Up First Friday is the "Monthly Groove for the Professional," offering a premiere Happy Hour / Networking Event for Professionals in the Grand Rapids area.  First Fridays are designed to accommodate a growing need to network and socialize in a relaxed urban setting.

This Friday - February 3rd - the event features live music, light hor d'oeuvres, a dinner special and a... read more

Nominations due for 2012 Community Spirit Awards!

LINC established the Community Spirit Awards in 2009, to recognize and thank community members who have tirelessly devoted their time, energy and skills to revitalizing our neighborhoods. This honor is the spirit of what LINC is all about. The awards will be handed out during the 2012 Community Spirit Award Celebration Dinner Thursday, March 29th at 5:30pm at the Goei Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

LINC invites you to submit nominations for the 2012 Community Spirit Awards.  The awards described... read more

LINC News Bureau launching tomorrow!

We are excited to announce the "re-launch" of the LINC News Bureau, a project of The Rapidian and LINC designed to bring news to the people of Grand Rapids through the eyes and ears of their fellow citizens. The bureau provides a platform for the community to tell its own story. With training, equipment and assistance residents become citizen journalists, capturing the life of the community in words, recordings, videos and photographs.

We wanted to invite you to participate in lifting up the voice of the... read more

It's here! The first session of the LINC Academy for Social Transformation!

The LINC Academy for Social Transformation (L.A.S.T) is launching its first session on January 26 & 27!

About L.A.S.T.

L.A.S.T. is LINC’s capacity building tool to promote social change and seeks to create mid- and long-term impact through lasting transformational opportunities for residents, families, youth, business owners and nonprofit organizations in our communities.

For LINC, change is more than just the displacement of a condition or issue.  It is about experiencing a true transformation – a social transformation.  We believe in the... read more

The power of potential and opportunity.

Central to LINC’s revitalization efforts is the belief that all humans are gifted with inherent potential. However, in disadvantaged communities, a lack of opportunity prevents many from achieving their full potential. By strategically aligning resources and systems, LINC is seeking to create life-changing impacts for individuals, their families and their community by increasing their access to opportunity.

LINC remains committed to connecting with other organizations and community leaders to ensure we are effectively serving our community and achieving collective impact in... read more

2012 Community Spirit Award Nominations Are Open!

Know someone making a difference? Nominate them today!

LINC takes great pleasure in announcing the Community Spirit Annual Awards to recognize and celebrate the commitment of the extraordinary people and organizations of Kent County. Today, our recipients’ actions keep our communities functioning: our neighbors well, safe, protected; and our area a place that boasts “quality of life.”   

These awards, sponsored by generous contributions, aim to highlight the many examples of commitment, impact on local issues or needs, leadership, innovation, and active... read more

Connection to Opportunity.

Lavonda Martinez-Thompson is a single mother of four children who enrolled in the LINC Opportunity Center on November 28, 2011. Just prior to her coming to LINC, Ms. Martinez-Thompson was forced to resign from her job because of inadequate childcare.

Within three weeks, as a result of her hard work and dedication to the program, Lavonda was able to secure $15,000 in financial aid, get enrolled into Grand Rapids Community College and find a place where her son would receive... read more

Believe 2 Become is charging into 2012!

This year LINC will continue to lift up the voice of the community, hosting over 100 Believe 2 Become community meetings!

In the past two years parents, neighbors and community leaders have come together in unprecedented numbers, resolute in setting plans that will ensure success for their children. Over 3,000 households have joined this movement and we still have two more neighborhoods to launch! At the end of this year, the neighborhood engagement work of Believe 2 Become will be active... read more

Real training for real jobs!

LINC is partnering with GRCC's Pathways to Prosperity program to offer community members an opportunity to become trained and certified to work in sustainable fields of renewable energy,energy efficiency, green facilities management and advanced battery manufacturing.

Pathways to Prosperity funds allow individuals to get real training for real jobs! The program is designed to offer job training and opportunities to individuals facing significant barriers including unemployment, criminal history or lower educational achievement. Residents of Grand Rapids, Wyoming or Kentwood may attend... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to

1st & 3rd Mondays | Tenant Law Project: Legal help for renters. 12-2pm at Steepletown Neighborhood Services (671 Davis NW).

January 18 | GRPS School Choice Open House & Family Fun Night... read more

January LINC Up First Friday event cancelled... but we will see you in February!

Happy New Year friends and colleagues!

Due to the short work week, LINC will not be hosting the LINC Up First Friday Networking event in January. But don't fret, the mixing and mingling will resume on Friday, February 3.

If you have not attended one of LINC's First Friday events before they provide a great chance to catch up with friends and meet new ones while enjoying drinks and music.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces on Friday February... read more

Save the Date: 2012 Community Spirit Awards!

We will be hosting our 2012 Community Spirit Awards on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Goei Center in downtown Grand Rapids. LINC founded the Community Spirit Awards to recognize the commitment and support of community members who choose to go above and beyond, devoting their time, energy and skills to revitalizing their neighborhoods.

2011 CSA Winners

Cornerstone Award: United Methodist House

Collaboration Award: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Innovation Award: Revolution Christian Ministries

Enterprise Award: Kellogg Foundation

Youth Spirit: Tera Dentmond

Community Spirit: Joe Jones

Independent Spirit:... read more

Community designed plan for Madison Square Park!

Community members gathered on Saturday November 19 for an all-day design charrette of the vacant space on the corner of Madison and Adams. Ideas were flowing as they reviewed preliminary plans, shared concerns of safety and sustainability, and worked with architects to design the space.

Stacia Hoeksema, a neighborhood stakeholder shared some insight, “Given my experience with many neighborhood kids playing in my back yard, indestructible has to be the main criteria for this park.” During the charrette her children... read more

All you need to do is call!

Willie Patterson – Central Community Liaison:

On the morning of November 17 I had an eerie, nervous feeling as the Believe 2 Become Central Zone was about to gather one last time before launching into school-based strategies. That feeling quickly changed to elation and pride as more than 360 residents came out to address the needs of children and educational concerns of the community.

As residents moved quickly into the breakout groups based on the schools in the Central Hope... read more

A model for economic development.

“Micro-business on a neighborhood level is definitely going to be the way that Michigan comes back.”
      Darel Ross, Co-Executive Director

LINC is leading the charge in the creation of micro-business opportunities in Grand Rapids. On November 11, the LINC Business Center opened on Madison Ave allowing six entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. City Commissioners, State Representatives, Grand Rapids and West Michigan Hispanic Chambers of Commerce all came out to commend the new business owners.   

The eclectic group of entrepreneurs... read more

Equipping local contractors with lead-safe practices!

An estimated 90% of all childhood lead poisoning cases in Kent County are the result of deteriorating lead-based paint and lead dust found in the home. This dangerous dust can be found in any home built before 1978, which accounts for more than 85% of the housing stock in the City of Grand Rapids. Lead Poisoining is 100% preventable if the correct precautions are taking when making renovations or repairs.

In an effort to ensure that local contractors are aware... read more

Incentives for leasing LINC's apartments!

There are units available at the Avenue (age 55+), Roosevelt Park Lofts and Uptown Village and LINC is offering incentives for referrals! If a current LINC tenant refers a qualifying applicant who signs a lease, they will receive $100 credit toward their rent. In addition, any non-resident who refers a qualified tenant who signs a lease with LINC will receive a $50 gift card.

All of these properties have income guidelines according to household size. In general a single... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to .

Tonight! LINC Up First Friday Networking Event with LIVE Jazz, light hor d’ourves, and a cash bar. Make sure your name is on the guest list!

December 3 | Our Kitchen Table is... read more

Caution: Communities at work for change

Believe 2 Become is not a program, it is not a service. It is a movement and it is growing. It is inspired by the organizations that are taking part and leading the work. It is expressed through families and neighbors that are growing closer to each other with a common hope for a brighter future. It is made alive by the collective voice, action and response of a people that are ready to become a part of change.

Since... read more

Revitalizing the business core of Madison Square.

On Friday, November 11, the LINC Business Center (formerly C&J plaza) will be completely renovated and reopened with six local businesses up and running. To celebrate, LINC is hosting a Grand Opening celebration on Friday with a press conference at 3:00pm and open house from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  This will provide a chance for community members to tour the new space, learn about LINC’s Business Incubation program and mingle with the business owners.

The commercial space at 1258 Madison Ave SE will be... read more

Come design your neighborhood park!

LINC is partnering with the City of Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Southeast Community Association to guide the future development of a neighborhood park on the corner of Madison & Adams.

Join us on November 19 at the LINC Development Center (1167 Madison Ave SE) to view maps of the space, speak into proposed plans for the park and share your ideas with the architects!

Design Charrette Schedule:

9am-12pm: Open forum where community can come in look at... read more

Openings at the Avenue!

The Avenue Apartments at 1300 Madison Ave SE have units available! This beautiful living community is for seniors 55 years of age or older. Each unit comes with deluxe appliances, intercom secure entry and residents can also take advantage of the Community Room.

1 bedroom units are renting for $429 & $460 per month
2 bedroom units are renting for $535 per month

*Income restrictions apply*

If you apply now you can receive the first month's rent free!

Come check out the... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to .

Tonight! Greens Cook-off and Fried Green Tomato Festival at Ford Middle School from 5pm-7pm.

November 6 | Open house for the Avenue Apartments (1300 Madison Ave SE) from 2pm-4pm

November 8... read more

8 local business. 40 jobs.

An explosive day in the world of economic development. On November 1, the LINC Business Center (formerly C&J plaza) will be completely renovated and reopened with seven local businesses up and running. The commercial space at 1258 Madison Ave SE will be home to:

Epic Emporium an art gallery and gift shop featuring local artists’ pieces.

Klipper Kingdom a barber shop.

Southtown Guitar teaching lessons and selling guitars.

Raider Tek providing computer repair.

Sydney’s Boutique selling women’s apparel.

WYGR 1530 AM radio broadcasting studio.

Smell Goods... read more

L.A.S.T. shall be FIRST!

LINC has developed a series of leadership trainings and workshops to build capacity in the communities we serve. The LINC Academy for Social Transformation (L.A.S.T.), is a four day academy in which participants will be equipped with skills and knowledge to prepare them to take on leadership roles and work to further promote social change efforts.

The four day training will cover social justice, poverty, conflict management, and leadership development. The first L.A.S.T training will be held later in November.  Please contact Ana... read more

Getting back on track!

Everyone has financial or career-oriented goals. The LINC Opportunity Center is uniquely designed to equip participants to meet those goals. Through employment placement and career improvement, financial education and coaching, and public benefits access, we are prepared to walk with you from where you are to where you want to be.

Since the LOC launched in June, 55 participants have received assistance with everything from credit repair to homebuyer education. Personalized financial coaching is offered in both English and Spanish and... read more

Believe 2 Become full steam ahead!

This Fall the Central and West Believe 2 Become Zones are entering new phases of the movement.

The Central Zone has completed the Action Planning phase and will bring it all together for Integrative planning. The final two meetings will be a time to celebrate the work of the action teams and design a comprehensive map for the work to follow to achieve sustainability. Even though the large gatherings will be coming to an end, the work will not be... read more

Great opportunities for children 5 months through 3rd grade!

“With loving parents, nurturing families, and skilled teachers, our babies can grow up smarter.” - Nkechy Ezeh, ELNC 

Baby Scholars

Do you have children 0-5 years old? We want to partner with you to make sure they head to school prepared! The Believe 2 Become Baby Scholars program is offering help and educational support to parents and children with home visits for children 5-19 months, fun workshops for toddlers 20-36 months and first school for children 3-5 years old.

Call Willie Patterson... read more

Come design your neighborhood park!

In an effort to increase the amount of green space in our community, LINC is partnering with the City of Grand Rapids, OCBA and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to develop the area between Madison Ave, Adams and Gilbert Streets into a neighborhood park. We have held a series of stakeholder meetings with local leaders and residents to inform the planning process. Now we want neighbors to come and share their ideas and dreams to guide the development of the park space.

On Saturday November 19,... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to .

2nd & 4th Mondays | Tenant Law Project: Legal help for renters. 12-2pm at Steepletown Neighborhood Services (671 Davis NW).

October 19 | What would Jesus cut? Jim Wallis, CEO of... read more

Strength in the collective.

The injustices facing our communities both locally and abroad can be too much for one person to bear. But there is hope and strength in the collective. Listed below are a number of opportunities to learn more about issues facing our communities and ways to become more informed, get involved, make a difference and advocate for yourself and others.

Tonight! Hold Landlords Accountable! It is being proposed that owners of single-family rental properties be required to register their properties... read more

One Community. One Voice. One Goal.

On a beautiful summer night, hundreds gathered to a cast a vote for their future. The night was full of energy, music, snow cones, food and prizes, but the heart of the 3rd community meeting in West was identifying one community goal. And when the songs stopped playing, the discussions quieted down and the two hundred plus ballots were counted, the community had dedicated itself to work to ensure that their “Children are well-rounded, healthy, and prepared to be successful... read more

B2B Central Zone: Summer stories and Fall opportunities.

Over the summer, Central children and parents were hard at work reading books and writing essays together. More than 60 children between the ages of 3 and 17 participated and more than 150 books were checked out from local libraries. Each participant received a gift card as a reward for all of their hard work.

The essays have been collected from about 70 parents and children describing their hopes for the future. LINC's neighborhood engagement team is still narrowing it down to... read more

Offering safe housing for a family in crisis.

Last week, Nyi-Cear Vance a ten-month old baby was admitted to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with a blood-lead level of 50. A level of 10 may impair growth and brain development. The home, which the family was renting, is required to go through full lead remediation. However, this left the family without a place to live. Paul Haan, from Healthy Homes Coalition, was working with the family and referred them to LINC's Real Estate Development department for possible housing.... read more

124 jobs and counting.

LINC is committed to the holistic revitalization of the communities we serve. A pillar of this work is economic development, for a strong neighborhood requires a strong business base. The purpose of the Economic Development Department is to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of our community, boost business ideas and expand the business base of our communities, thus creating viable businesses that strengthen the fabric of our neighborhoods. With assistance from our Business Incubation program, 10 local businesses have opened... read more

Upcoming Events.

Check out the following opportunities to have fun and get involved with your community! More information about all of these events can be found here. If you know of any events happening in the community and would like to share them on LINC's event calendar, send details to .

September 9 | Pekich Park Concert Series on the corner of Division and Cherry at 7:00pm

September 10 | Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair from 9am-4pm 

September 9-11 |... read more

At long LAST!

“Building a civic-minded community takes time. It requires that people who have little history of engagement in local affairs be given the opportunity to take part in local leadership opportunities.” 

Lionel Beaulieu, Creating Vibrant Communities & Economies in Rural America

LINC has developed a series of leadership trainings and workshops to build capacity and promote social change in the communities we serve. These efforts complement LINC’s other neighborhood revitalization efforts by offering training in three critical areas of development: entrepreneurship and business management, personal finances and asset management,... read more

We Believe. We Become. West zone is on its way!

Excitement and anticipation were thick in the air on the hot day of July 14 as parents, children, and neighbors gathered to see what “We Believe We Become,” “Creemos y Seremos” was all about. The live music, delicious food and Tres Leches cake, heightened the excitement and celebration of the work to come. During the three hour community planning meeting over 600 residents worked together to identify barriers or struggles facing their children’s educational success.

Some... read more

52nd Street units are open!

On Thursday, July 14, 2011 public officials from Kentwood and the County of Kent gathered to view revitalized properties at the corner of 52nd and Kalamazoo.  Kentwood Mayor Rick Root believed that the corner would have become vacant lots had LINC community revitalization, inc. not stepped in with assistance from the Kent County Community Development Department to renovate the properties. “It’s huge,” stated Mayor Root, “what a presence created by this effort. It totally uplifts this corner.”

The two properties at... read more

Neighborhood news bureau launches.

After months of dangling the teaser in front of you all, I am proud to say that the Southtown Neighborhood News Bureau has LAUNCHED! Participants gathered for the first training last Monday, July 25 to learn how The Rapidian can be part of residents' toolkit to share critical information about their neighborhoods. The group was eager to become more involved as we brainstormed topics of interest within the community which covered all spectrums of news media.

Jeri Wade let... read more

In the community...

Long streams of water shot high into the air from GRFD hoses, children laid in the middle of Madison Avenue cooling down underneath, the fiery UPS truck with flames on the side was on display for the children, Mrs. Peoples, Kid Christ and a few others were on the agenda for entertainment at SECA’s annual National Night Out which took place August 2nd.  

National Night Out is a FREE and unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of... read more

Up & Coming.

Coming Up!

The next few weeks are packed with great opportunities to get out and enjoy the community and we want you to know about them! LINC’s event calendar is now listing many of the events happening in our community so check it regularly to stay in the loop. If you have an event you would like to list send the information to .

GRPS Party in the Parks!  It’s back to school time and once again, GRPS is planning... read more

Volunteer for Build day at Roosevelt Park!

Come swing a hammer on July 22 & 23 with The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.  They are looking for volunteers to help with a community build project to install a complete fitness center at Roosevelt Park.  Each fitness center includes 12 stations (sit-ups, dips, rope climb, body curl, push ups, etc.) with instructions for proper usage.

Volunteers will help to assemble equipment, set posts and install signage.  All the tools and supervision you need will be provided.  They are... read more

July 14: First Community Meeting in West!

Residents Invited to Gather is Support of Children’s Future

Believe 2 Become, a neighborhood initiative designed to help children succeed in school, work and life, will host its first Community Planning Meeting in the West Zone:

4:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

July 14

César E. Chávez Elementary - 1205 Grandville Ave

The event will kick off with a celebratory atmosphere. Local artists and musicians, Eric Pichardo, Alberto Vigil with Akariay Band,   and Laura Armenta will be performing outside the school starting at 4:00pm. Dinner will be served at 5:00pm while Grupo Tarasco... read more

Fox 17 features Grand Opening of the LINC Development Center!

The Madison Square Neighborhood has been a center for revitalization on Grand Rapids southeast side.  Now,... read more

LINC Development Center opens and celebrates with the Rock the Block Fair!

If your weekend agenda does not include a trip to Madison & Hall, you should probably change them.  This Saturday brings the Grand Opening of the LINC Development Center at 1167 Madison Ave SE and we are celebrating with the first annual Rock the Block Street Jam & Fair.  The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:30am and the day will be filled with live music and entertainment, local food, and a whole street full off community resources!

The newly renovated,... read more

It's time to register for Urban LINC Co-Work Space!

The first ever co-work space in Southtown is accepting members! The goal of Urban LINC is to provide members with a unique working experience in a state of the art facility equipped with all the necessary business tools.

What is so cool about Urban LINC?

In addition to providing the ability to network with other professionals to enhance your business, Urban LINC offers the following amenities to all of its members:

  • Wireless internet
  • Comfortable furniture & lounge area
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Conference room with seating for... read more

Family Fun Night in the Central Zone

On the night of May 27th, the Believe 2 Become Male Involvement, Community Center and Youth Action Planning teams collaborated for the kick-off of the Believe 2 Become Integrative Planning Phase. The three Action Teams, rising out of the Central Zone planning process, all called for a Family Night as their short-term goal, so with the help of resident leaders and volunteers, the Siedman Boys & Girls Club, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Believe 2 Become initiative kicked into... read more

Here's a training, there's a training.

One of LINC’s core beliefs is that capacity building and leadership development are key to holistic neighborhood revitalization.  As part of LINC’s Leadership Academy for Social Transformation there will be two dynamic trainings offered in the next few weeks.

June 16 1-3pm | We’ve Got a Map for That – is an interactive workshop with the staff of GVSU's Community Research Institute.  Participants will reflect on the importance of data in facilitating community change initiatives, and gain an introduction to powerful... read more

Volunteer for Build day at MLK Park!

Come swing a hammer on June 17 & 18 with The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.  They are looking for volunteers to help with a community build project to install a complete fitness center at Martin Luther King Park.  Each fitness center includes 12 stations (sit-ups, dips, rope climb, body curl, push ups, etc.) with instructions for proper usage.

Volunteers will help to assemble equipment, set posts and install signage.  All the tools and supervision you need will be provided. ... read more

LINC up at Festival of the Arts!

I am sure many of you have heard of or attended, the annual Festival of the Arts Celebration in downtown Grand Rapids.  It is a great way to kick-off Summer in Grand Rapids with a huge variety of arts, entertainment, food and fun activities for the entire family.  For those of you that have not attended, this year is great for firsts! 

The Festival will be in full swing this Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5 and LINC will... read more

It's moving day!

Summer is just around the corner and with the new season comes a new day for LINC community revitalization inc.  As of Monday, May 23, LINC will be operating at 1167 Madison Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

The LINC Center - a newly renovated, LEED-Certified building - will host:

  • Urban LINC Co-Work Space and Business Incubation - offering training, access to conference rooms, office equipment, WiFi, and video-conferencing for local entrepreneurs and business professionals.
  • LINC Opportunity Center - providing families... read more

Ready. Set. Engage!

It is an exciting time at LINC. We have numerous events and activities currently taking place and coming soon! Keep reading to discover ways you can engage and become more involved in the community.

May 25 from 10am-4pm | MI Voice will host a training for community members focused on telling your story, developing an organizational leadership plan, governance, and methods of change.

June 2 & 16 | GVSU Community Research Institute will introduce tools and resources available for problem-solving within... read more

Festivals, Fairs & Grand Openings, Oh my!

There is nothing that reminds me of summer more than outdoor street fairs and festivals.  I am already smiling just thinking about the heat of the sun on my back and face as I soak in the smell of smoking barbeques and the noise of thousands of people gathered in one place to celebrate the same thing. It is all good.

This June, LINC has two opportunities for the community to gather and celebrate:

On June 3-5 we will be partnering... read more

Learn & Earn this Summer!

Calling on all children and youth: We have a ton of fun opportunities for you this summer! As part of the Believe 2 Become Summer Learning many local organizations in partnership with GRPS are offering programs for students within the four Hope Zones in grades PreK – 11th.

Students entering 10th and 11th grade: If you’re considering a career in health care, business, technology, science, education, human services, engineering, design and the arts, environment, finance, law, psychology… try it... read more

A few words from our directors.

April 2011 marks three years since our organization went through a maturing phase that every organization must endure as its founding executive director leaves.  Couple the timing of this transition with a housing crisis that has caused one in five homes in our neighborhoods to enter foreclosure with an economic climate that has been compared to the Great Depression, and one would expect a letter from the executive directors to be highlighting survival as a major organizational accomplishment.  

But instead,... read more

Congratulations to the 2011 LINC Community Spirit Award Recipients!

We all have friends and colleagues who spend countless hours volunteering and supporting the many activities of our diverse community. This generous spirit is evident all around us. As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, LINC honored these individuals and organizations with the Community Spirit Awards. Nominations were made by community members within Kent County and the presentation of the awards were made Thursday, March 24, 2011 at DeVos Place.  The ceremony honored the contributions of community members for their... read more

Believe 2 Become is on the move!

The house was packed at Ford Middle Thursday night (March 31, 2011) as residents from the Central Zone came out in droves to support the success of our children. This meeting marked the end of the planning phase for Central.  LINC Community Liaisons will now work with the action teams as they implement their goals and strategies to reach the collective goal that all parents/guardians are actively involved in their child's education from birth to graduation and beyond.  If you... read more

Rock the Block Street Jam & Fair

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the new LINC Center is near completion.  Sounds like party time!   To celebrate the Grand Opening of the LINC Center, 1167 Madison Ave SE, LINC will be hosting a “Rock the Block Street Jam and Fair” on June 11, 2011. 

Rock the Block will be a health and wellness/resource fair within a block party setting.  We want to provide residents with a chance to come together and celebrate life, summer and... read more

Southtown Neighborhood News Bureau

How many times do you read the news and think, “they got it all wrong.”  If you desire to see the vibrant life within our community shine through local media, we need you!  We need your voice and your eyes to tell the story of the Southeast side.  Yes, tragic events do take place, but so do joyful celebrations, community gatherings, church projects and children’s successes, and these are often the ones that go unnoticed.  LINC will be hosting the... read more

Bienvenidos!

There is a lot of mixing and mingling as LINC's Neighborhood Services department welcomes four new staff members.

Victor Williams | Part-time Natural Helper Believe 2 Become Central Zone
Gricelda Estrada | Community Liaison B2B West Zone
San Juana Guillermo | Community Liaison B2B West Zone
Hugo Claudin | Natural Helper B2B West Zone

They bring with them a diverse background of experience and accomplishments, a wealth of knowledge and a passion for community. Please help us welcome them to the... read more

In the community...

Pauline McGregor-Lindo is the founder of the “Neighborhood Wellness Program” which is an adult neighborhood walking group.  Pauline started this group in 2009 with 25 Madison Square residents.  The group meets every Thursday at SouthEast Community Association (S.E.C.A.) strapped with pedometers and T-shirts for a friendly competition to see who can record the most steps out of the group.  The ultimate goal of the group is to maintain healthy habits and promote unity in the community.  Pauline has partnered with... read more

Believe 2 Become in real time!

Many of you have seen and heard the energy and excitement surrounding the words, "We believe! We BECOME!"  The video below  gives a glimpse of the cry of our parents, neighbors and children seeking a better future for our communities. Gone are the days where we can sit idly by as our neighborhoods are continuously marginalized by social structure, government decisions, and cycles of poverty. We must take charge of this unique opportunity to make a difference... read more

Join us as we congratulate all the finalists for the 2011 “Community Spirit Awards”

Excitement is growing in anticipation of the words: “and the winner is” for our 3rd Annual LINC Community Spirit Awards Dinner and Banquet celebration March 24, 2011 at Devos Place (300 Monroe Ave).  The evening’s festivities begin at 6:30pm.

And the nominees are…

Cornerstone Award: Organization that is a model of capacity building and demonstrates impact in a specific area

Nominees: United Methodist Community House & The Douglas & Maria DeVos Foundation (Chana Edmond-Verley)

Outstanding Collaboration:  Highlights a creative and provocative partnership formed... read more

LINC Kentwood Plans | 52nd & Eastern -- 52nd & Kalamazoo

March 8, 2011

November 4, 2010 marked the first meeting for the LINC Kentwood planning process for 52nd Street at the intersections of Eastern Ave and Kalamazoo Ave.  Just four short months later, the final plans for this area have been completed!  The architects at Nederveld have composed the voices of over 130 Kentwood residents into plans that best represent the collective ideas.

The plan envisions a redevelopment effort that incorporates public space, a dynamic crescent-shaped street and a grocery store into a mixed-use walkable town center.  For more... read more

Community Linc: Sustainable Change for Local Families

W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan has awared $1.8 million to LINC community revitalization inc. to launch Community Linc an effort to stabilize families and communities by helping families move out of poverty and increasing the capacity of residents to lead change.

“Years of marginalization, poverty, and unemployment have created a structure of inequality and these conditions are systemically perpetuated within our neighborhoods.” Darel Ross, Co-Executive Director of LINC Community Revitalization Inc. believes, “there are direct relationships between personal... read more

Urban LINC Co-Work Space

As part of our economic development efforts at LINC Community Revitalization Inc. and in addition to the LINC Incubation Training Program described in the last newsletter, we will have the Urban LINC Co-Work Space.  Co-work space is a shared work environment via membership that will be available for entrepreneurs and professionals that do not require actual physical space to operate.  As more people work via a mobile phone and a laptop computer, the traditional office has become less important, and... read more

Game Changers

My 15 year old daughter plays basketball.  Not just at her school but with AAU, AYBT, travel teams, and camps. She has basketball themed birthday parties; her room is full of mini- basketballs, Nerf basketball hoops, medals, trophies, t-shirts, shoes. I mean we deal with a lot of basketball.  I can honestly say I have spent hundreds on her desire to play basketball.  I asked her the other day, “Do you want to simply play basketball or do you want... read more

TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND SO HAVE WE!

Welcome to LINC Community Revitalization, Inc!

LINC is a non-profit organization located in Grand Rapids Michigan that exist to Revitalize neighborhoods through Authentic engagement, stimulating economic development, expanding housing opportunities, creating affordable housing, and developing leadership and capacity to residents and grass-root organizations.

LINC exist to come alongside residents and connect them to opportunities and resources that already exist in our neighborhoods while attracting additional investments to help them achieve their goals. We offer programming in the areas of Economic Development, Housing... read more

LINC recently cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the Madison Square neighborhood—the LINC Gallery at 341 Hall! LINC bought the building out of foreclosure last year and invested more than $380,000 to renovate the structure.

It will serve as a gallery to showcase the work of local artists, and be a space for yoga and other classes to promote health & wellness. So come down to LINC and get a look at the newest place to connect with opportunity... read more

Grand Rapids Public Schools is undergoing a major transformation, and the variety of educational options from pre-school to high school is increasing dramatically! GRPS knows that there is no “one size fits all” education, and so schools are being streamlined and updated to maximize every student’s time at school.

LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. understands that schools are community centers, and ensuring access to quality education for EVERY child is crucial to healthy communities. And that is why it is important that... read more

We would like to cordially invite you and your guests to First Fridays at LINC. Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the community at our premiere networking event. First Fridays is the perfect way to kick the first weekend of the month in style.

Enjoy live music, spoken word poetry, local art and delicious cuisine.

Each month we choose a theme and partner with local organizations to expand networks and connect organizations and individuals.

First Fridays at the... read more

Be a part of creating your neighborhood news with LINC TV.

LINC is looking for interested people of any age to help tell the story of what is happening in their neighborhoods. News is best told by the people on the ground—so join the LINC News Bureau!

The LINC News Bureau is a project of The Rapidian designed to bring news to the people of Grand Rapids through the eyes and ears of their fellow community members. LINC will provide the training, equipment and assistance, YOU provide the stories! Join your... read more

A job well done.

“So what is the impact? How do you measure it?”

“How do you know you’re making a difference?”

If you are a concerned citizen, a funder, a peer—really, anyone with an interest in community revitalization—these are the questions you may be ask. Depending on the answer, you may walk away satisfied—or you might walk away discouraged, weary of yet another program, another effort you can’t see results from. At LINC, we take pride in the work we’ve done so far in... read more

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LOC and LINC highlight - FSS newsletter

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Soul food restaurant opens in Madison Square

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Soul Food Cafe set to open in Madison Square Business District

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Restaurant serves soul food

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A 'Tale of 2 Cities?' Black community to talk about life in Grand Rapids

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6 goals for Grand Rapids' $225K economic gardening job

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Construction complete: Free Roosevelt Early Learning Center registering 4-year-olds

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ENGAGING WITH... Jorge Gonzalez (LGR '10, LA '13)

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New LINC gallery to build community through the arts

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Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight--LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.

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Primary election in Grand Rapids: How 3 candidates say they're different

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Town Hall in Grand Rapids: City Commission candidates on display

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Abandoned property to be restored through Wyoming, LINC agreement

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LINC Community Revitalization Inc. opens 'Gallery at 341 Hall' at Community Spirit Awards ceremony

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The Rapidian: The wrong crowd to the right crowd: young people work together for positive impact

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Event Shines Positive Light On Southeast Side After Shootings

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GR Neighborhood Continues to Transform with Southtown Square Development

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Southtown Square developer has big news for the future as it cuts ribbon on new townhomes

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Townhomes unveiled; $10M phase 2 on tap

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LINC unveils Southtown Square townhomes, $10 million plans

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Locals asked for urban planning input

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LINC small business, community revitalization program sees first graduate

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LINC to offer free job assistance at fair this week

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Some Venezuelans living in Grand Rapids disappointed by presidential election, but hopeful for next trip to the polls

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Rapid Growth: LINC to break ground on $1M apartment development in Grand Rapids' Madison Square

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Rapidian: Jay Starkey: Servicing the community one pair of shoes, one donation at a time

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Don't miss the GRPS Back-to-School Celebration August 21!

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Calling all GRPS students - Read and get FREE ICE CREAM with Reading Rewards!

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New reporters explore media tools for the LINC News Bureau on The Rapidian

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Rapidian: Southwest GR residents hold peace march

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NIGHTLIGHT: Community LINC

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Rapidian: The power of neighborhood engagement in driving a movement

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Rapidian: Darel Ross asks, "How long will we wait?"

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GR Press: Finalists for 'Community Spirit Award' announced in advance of tonight's gala

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Photos: 2012 LINC Community Spirit Awards

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GR Press: Butterball Farms honored with Community Spirit Award for urging hire of ex-cons

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GR Citizen Shares Her Experiences on The Rapid

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GR Times: Statewide Collaborative representing 50,000 calls for increased education funding

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NPR: Collaboration calling on lawmakers for more education dollars

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First Friday builds community through poetry and conversation

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GR Press: Grand Rapids nonprofit joins statewide push for more education dollars

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Madison Square townhomes to be razed, replaced with new low-income housing

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GR Press: Photos of LINC Academy for Social Transformation

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LINC News Bureau/Rapidian: What's behind the Believe 2 Become initiative?

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Rapidian: LINC News Bureau set to launch this month

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New Grand Rapids Park 11.19.11

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Artserve: lincing artists to business

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LINC incubator launches with six new businesses in Grand Rapids' Madison Square - Rapid Growth

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Community Helps Design GR Park - Fox 17

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GR Press: New Grand Rapids business incubator starts small to revive economy

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GRNow.com: Photos from the LINC Business Center Ribbon Cutting, Madison SE

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Schools of Thought: Rapid Growth's Speak Series

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neu magazine: Engineering a Community Entrepreneur

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Burton students welcomed back in style: Red carpet rolled out

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Two Rock Stars: High school students work at LINC this summer

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Co-Work Space Aims to Energize a Neighborhood

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LINC invites community members to set their news agenda on The Rapidian

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Creemos y seremos

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Creemos y seremos: We believe we become

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LINC Development Center opens on Madison & Hall

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Lighthouse becomes LINC

Today, Lighthouse announced it has adopted a chic new brand identity, LINC Community Revitalization, Inc

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Southtown PhotoVoice

A picture documentary and community assesment project.

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"I Believe, I Become"

Over 600 residents turned out for the first of several community meetings.

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Grand Rapids Neighborhood celebrates the end of construction

Community leaders today cut the ribbon to celebrate the end of construction in the Hall Street and Madison Avenue corridor.

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Lighthouse Communities and Urban Pizza

Uptown Incubator, Urban Pizza to open April 1.

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Madison Square Business Incubator

Madison Square business incubator has community backing for $1.7m project.

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Flips Foreclosed Homes

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Bringing in NSP funds to address foreclosures and blight in southeast Grand Rapids

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Countrywide Settlement Funds allocated to housing agencies

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Fighting foreclosures with Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds

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Madison Square business district

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