One Woman Decides to Take Back Her Neighborhood in a HUGE Way
Shamayim Harris, more often known as “Mama Shu”, lost her sweet 2-year-old son Jakobi Ra in a tragic hit and run in 2007. Since that fateful day, she turned her grief into inspiration and her inspiration into fruition that benefits her entire Highland Park neighborhood.
Mama Shu’s Michigan neighborhood is notorious for crime. It is her objective to turn this negative energy into positive and at the same time, turn her grief into joy and love.
With the help of the neighborhood youth and many volunteers, the neighborhood is working on renovating an old abandoned house into what will become “The Homework House.” A safe place that will nurture the minds and souls of children, a place to receive a healthy meal, a place to get help with their school work, and a place to learn about food growth and urban survival.
Phase Two of their project will be to set up “The Goddess Marketplace” which is a shipping container based economic incentive for women to sell their wares and food.
The Avalon Village will be a green space and self-sustaining. They are also landscaping the street to beautify their neighborhood.