BLVD Harambee

BLVD Harambee is a non-profit organization helping foster life skills and resources for the holistic development of young people in the neighborhood. (B=Building, L=Leaders, for V=Village, D=Development. Harambee means “all pull together” in Swahili) BLVD Harambee was created by the Episcopal Church of the Messiah to promote Empowerment, Education, Employment, Enlightenment and Entertainment.

Programming, businesses, and/ or initiatives out of BLVD Harambee include:

The Demarrcus Washington Empowerment Center

Built By Young People For Young People.

BLVD Harambee EII

The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) is a collaboration between the Detroit Community Technology Project and a network of community organizations including BLVD Harambee. The program’s mission is to ensure that more Detroit residents have the ability to leverage online access and digital technology for social and economic development. BLVD Harambee EII (

FIRE Marching Band

F.I.R.E. Music Program is more than just a band.  Young people are mentored through the performing arts.  60 college-bound students received scholarships thanks to their involvement with F.I.R.E.  Group led by Joey Donaldson.

Kill the Hate Clothing Line

Garden of Eating-Community Garden

Come take a Digital walk through the Church of the Messiah’s Community Garden of Eating.

I AM Productions Media Production


Aim High Male Mentoring Program

Young men’s group focused on spirituality, education, and sportsmanship run by Coach Terry Holston.
Aim High meets at the church on Sundays from 2-5pm.