All Four One
August 31, 2015
Neighborhood Exchange: How is your organization making a difference in Detroit today?
Ismail Terry: All Four One is a non-profit 501(c)3 group launching a $2.1 million project to turn Yates/Pleasant Heights Park, an overgrown 2.355-acre space adopted by New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, into a family recreational spot that lifts nearby neighborhoods.
What are your group’s proudest accomplishments?
2010 State of Michigan Community Recognition Award
2013 Governor Service Award
2014 City of Detroit Spirit of Detroit
What is one concrete thing that can be done to make your work easier or more impactful?
All Four One sees the renovation project at the park as a way to benefit the nearby Linwood Community, Historic Boston Edison District, and LaSalle Garden District neighborhoods. We also stimulate interest among local youngsters in the area being created by All Four One and other community groups, grass roots and corporation supporters.
Our initiative can only be sustained with help of volunteers, who would be willing to spare at least a couple of hours at the Yates Park Renovation Project.
I appeal to all community organizations, religious organizations, social organizations, and individuals to come forward and help us in our undertaking.
In all our earlier undertaking of this kind we have received a very positive response from community leaders, grassroots, and block club members. We look forward to continuing support.
What motivates you to be involved in your community?
Yates Park was once part of the City of Detroit recreational focus of the neighborhood, this park offers a balance of active and passive recreation activities to neighborhood residents and provides facilities within walking distance of their homes. Seldom used by the public today, the 2.355-acre park and its facilities has fallen into neglect and disrepair in recent years. All Four One wants to change that with its $2.1 million, two-five year project.
How can people get involved/support your work?
I appeal to all community organization, religious organization, social organization, and individuals to come forward and help us in our undertaking. Contact our office at (313) 442-3604 or make a contribution by donation to our GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/x29r2w