To RSVP, please contact Steve Wasko at or 313-595-6082.

Parish and Family of Parishes evangelization and evangelical charity leaders are encouraged to attend a one-day workshop on Synergistic Catholic Community Resource Centers hosted by the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center made possible through grants from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.

The 2022 Catholic Foundation of Michigan Spirit of Innovation Grant was awarded to St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center in Detroit for their Synergistic Community Resource Centers project. Based on a scalable model in west Detroit, the project will create and support a network of Catholic Community Resource Centers by empowering parishes and vulnerable communities to cooperatively assess needs, utilize excess facility capacity innovatively and establish a sustainable fiscal structure. St. Suzanne Cody Rouge also received a Church in the City grant in 2023 to extend the work.

The Center is an innovative, creative energizer and convener of programs of services that truly connects a vibrant and spiritual parish with the surrounding neighborhood and beyond, serving as the epicenter of programs for children, families and youth across all aspects of the community. And it does so with guiding principles unique in inner-city ministry: sustainability, partnerships, synergy, green infrastructure and care for creation, holism, and empowerment.

The existing parish-based model in the heart of the Cody Rouge neighborhood uses the building of the previously closed St. Suzanne’s Elementary School to rent classrooms and large spaces, host large community events and provide critical services to children, youth, and families alike.Several representatives of diverse parishes have reached out to St. Suzanne to model this program and some of its innovations and has begun to structure informal networks of like groups.

“Thanks to the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Spirit of Innovation grant, we will use these funds to further this mission and this model to create a network to share opportunities with other parishes and schools to learn how to assess community needs and respond to them,” shared Steve Wasko, the center’s project director.

In addition to representatives from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan and the Archdiocese of Detroit Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, presenters will include the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Co.act Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, MOSES Michigan, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, Youth Development Resource Center, and IFF. Topics will cover an overview of the tangible tools available toward launching and sustaining tangible community spirit, including grants, organizational development and planning, non-profit status, facilities assessment, youth programming, and Care for Creation and energy reduction.

The workshop is free and will include refreshments and lunch and will take place at St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center, 19321 W. Chicago in Detroit. For more information or to RSVP contact Steve Wasko at or 313-595-6082.



Learn more about this inspired project by watching the 2023 grant video below.