Renovated recreation center unveiled on Detroit's east side

DETROIT – The Chapel Vision Community Development Center had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday to unveil the newly renovated recreational facility.

UAW-Ford made the renovations possible with a $100,000 donation.

The renovations include state-of-the-art simulators for baseball and golf, a half-size basketball court, fitness area and arcade.

“I feel very blessed and fortunate to be in a position to help give back to such a project in a community that will create a safe haven for youth and residents needing recreational and basic life-skill training needed to produce well-rounded individuals,” UAW-Ford’s Vice President Jimmy Settles said.

The Chapel Vision Community Development Center is also teaching life skills. Mentoring and tutoring programs will give kids the tools they need to overcome the odds.

“Our kids are at risk there has to be a positive alternative other than the streets and the culture that’s producing them,” said Pastor Tellis Chapman of Galilee Baptist Church.

For parents, the center is vital and acts as a positive outlet for their kids.

“When I was growing up, we were outside playing. Always a place to go, don’t have that anymore,” said Alfred Johnson, a father of three. “Eventually Detroit will get back to that. This gives them a place to come to

The center is located at 5251 East Outer Drive and gives children a safe place to go.

“I can come here and play with friends, go to the arcade room, just chill out,” 15-year-old Michael Carter said.

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