In 2011, EcoWorks began incubating a social enterprise focused on deconstruction called Reclaim Detroit. As a social enterprise, Reclaim Detroit embraces a triple bottom line theory; economically sustaining, environmentally conscious and socially redeeming.
Issac, (call him Ike, all his friends do) was the subject of our recent Weekend Edition Sunday piece. He is a graduate of our training program. Job training has always been at the root of EcoWorks’ mission. We plan to always train folks for positions in the green economy. EcoWorks is the Weatherization Training Center for the State of Michigan. We also train folks in deconstruction. What’s most notable is that jobs in the green job sector start at over $12.00 per hour… these are not minimum wage jobs. In 2013 we paid out over $423,000 in wages to Detroiters. Soon we plan to start training those interested in Healthy Homes and we are very excited about that. Our training consists of entry level courses and up-skilling for professionals.
Ike worked hard to become a site supervisor. Determination and a new found passion for sustainability got him through the program. He is a mentor to younger men coming into the program and we are proud that he works for us. Everyday he comes in with this award winning smile, enough to cheer anyone up on a Monday morning. Support Reclaim Detroit and EcoWorks! In doing so you are helping us to find the next batch of Ikes!!
Posted: March 8, 2014 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
As your springing forward Sunday morning, don’t forget to tune into Weekend Edition Sunday at 9am on your local NPR station to hear Rachel Martin’s Reclaim Detroit story.
We are working hard to make sure that deconstruction is a part of the efforts to remove blight. We have made a presentation to the Blight Task Force and have submitted a proposal to be on the deconstruction contractors list with the Detroit Land Bank. You can help! Spread the word and speak passionately about Reclaim Detroit. Come visit our warehouse and purchase one of our products.
Deconstructing 7,000 homes (that’s only 10% of estimates) would generate $458,000,000 in economic activity – 4x more powerful than if those homes were thrown in the landfill.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a Reclaim Detroit gift for the holiday. Your enthusiasm for our work brightened our days. If you are in the Metro Detroit area we will be open on Monday and do have a few things left, so stop by.
And as you celebrate, we wish you the joy of family, the gift of friends and the best of everything. Happy Holidays from everyone at Reclaim Detroit – Craig, Jeremy, Joyce, John, Gary, Lee, Ike, Jasonn, Lisa and the crews!!
Posted: December 20, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: Blight, cutting boards, detroit, end grain butcher blocks, Reclaim Detroit, unique gifts
Posted: December 10, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
This is Lee Powels. He’s from Detroit and is practically married with 3 little girls. Since his graduation from Barons Academy, he worked mostly as a chef at the Henry Ford Museum and at Cobo. Unfortunately, like a lot of us, he found himself unemployed. Fortunately, for us, he found his way to Reclaim through Detroit’s Greenworks Solutions. He took classes for 12 weeks which required a good deal of determination, but he made it. Now he is a full-time Reclaim Detroit employee. “It was a step toward my future success, which is working with reclaimed wood. Now I am doing what I love to do and making a difference.”
Lee likes working in the mill. He is excelling at creating the wonderful products that we have for sale. He is a quick learner and plows steadily though piles of salvaged materials, never sitting down, even during his lunch break. We greatly appreciate Lee’s efforts and plan to make sure that he receives further training, so that his families future is secure, cause he sure dotes on those three girls:) And aren’t they lucky to have such a hard working father for a role model.
You can help. Purchase a product handcrafted by Lee. The proceeds go right back into trainings, equipment, and supplies. Visit http://reclaim-detroit.myshopify.com/ today!!
Everyone needs one. A perfect simple little cutting board that will look stunning on your bar top. Ideal for creating garnishes, chopping garlic or dicing an onion this antique beem slice will last for years and years.
Posted: December 6, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: Blight, deconstruction, detroit, Reclaim Detroit, salvaged materials, unique gifts
Give a gift that benefits an entire community. A gift that creates jobs, reduces blight and saves thousands of tons of materials from landfills…a Reclaim Detroit Tea Light Holder!!! They are handcrafted in our millshop and beautiful, too.
And remember to share this post, you can help spread the word!
Posted: December 3, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Ok!!! here you go…a link to our brand new on-line store. Now you can purchase a handcrafted End Grain Cutting Board made from wood deconstructed from Detroit homes! One for your favorite chef, one for you snow bird parents and remember to buy one for yourself, so that you can share your passion for Detroit with your friends and family. Enjoy!
Posted: November 29, 2013 by lisagrace in Uncategorized
Tags: deconstruction, detroit, Reclaim, Reclaim Detroit, abandoned homes, Blight, End Grain Cutting Boards