Community Collaboration

Together, we make Southwest Detroit stronger.

Ideal Group is empowering the community through service experiences and collaborative partnerships that meaningfully serve Southwest Detroit and create an active, aware, and engaged neighborhood.

Community Collaboration

Scarcyny Park

A perennial garden in the Southwest Detroit community. Scarcyny Park adds aesthetic value to its neighboring residents and corporations. The park hosts flowers such as colored tulips, roses, and lilies. As well as hosting family-friendly events like Sport’s Day and Green Halloween.
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Cadillac Urban Garden

In the heart of Southwest Detroit, CUGM began as a vacant lot. Once a GM executive parking lot, it was overrun by growing weeds and scrap metal. The concept of the garden began with GM shipping carts that came from Korea. Since its opening day, it has now grown to include over 31 replica gardens.
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Merritt Street Clean Neighborhood Project

A six-week long project where Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) interns work throughout the neighborhood. GDYT interns do cleanups and yard work on vacant lots so Ideal can prepare for teamGM Cares Week.

teamGM Cares Week

General Motors employees participate in teamGM Cares Week, an annual weeklong event, typically taking place during early September, the volunteer event. Uniting GM employees with community residents, grants focuses on community sustainability, environment, and STEM activities, helping create productive community spaces in the Junction Street Clean Neighborhood Project. The Junction Street Clean Neighborhood project, a longstanding community initiative, connects lead non-profit partner Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, lead corporate partner The Ideal Group, Detroit Cristo Rey High School and other local businesses to transform blighted places into community spaces.

4th Precinct

The Detroit Police officers and firefighters, located at 4700 W. Fort Street, celebrate a strong stable presence within the Southwest Detroit community. Building relationships with residents and continuously participating in neighborhood events have led to a stronger connection to the Southwest Detroit region. Our police officers are active participants within our neighborhood. Present during community events, such as the annual teamGM Cares Week, the 4th Precinct established a bike patrol to keep a watchful eye over our residents and volunteers. A highlight of our events has continuously been the strong interaction between our residents and the police force.

Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt

A partnership with General Motors helped transform blight to a beautiful garden with the assistance of the local youth in Southwest Detroit.

Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt, in the heart of Southwest Detroit, began as a vacant lot. Once a GM executive parking lot, it was overrun by growing weeds and scrap metal. The concept of the garden began with GM shipping carts that came from Korea. A GM Environmental Engineer and his team looked at these shipping containers and asked,

What else can we do with these?

Their first idea was to make carts, and they invited Ideal to look at the crates.

“We saw an opportunity to re-purpose the crates into raised vegetable beds and the empty lot on McKinstry and Merritt into an urban vegetable garden”
-Frank Venegas

Rush Trucking aided in the effort and delivered 250 of these shipping containers to the Clark Street headquarters to be painted. Ideal Contracting, Ideal Shield, and Ideal Setech secured planting supplies, gardening tools, gloves, water supplies, etc.

Launched on May 19, 2012, Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt has since collected over 12,000 hours of youth service (and counting), planted over 2,500 plants in 2016 alone, and has over 332 bins in CUGM. Our partners include Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Congress of Communities, DHDC, LA SED, Magna, Young Neighbor in Action, General Motors, Rush Trucking, DTE Energy, General Electric, Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Ideal employees, and Southwest Detroit neighborhood residents.

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Scarcyny Park & Garden

Located in Southwest Detroit, Scarcyny Park was in dire need of revitalization and care. Ideal Group led the community in taking action for the restoration.

Scarcyny Park is a perennial garden for family use in the Southwest Detroit community. It adds aesthetic value to its neighboring residents and corporations through its magnificently colored tulips, roses, lilies, and many other luxurious flowers. From its start in May 2011, volunteers took a stand to transform a grassy lot into another flourishing attraction in Southwest Detroit.

The name of the park also holds symbolism. Scarcyny, a word derived from an ancient language, means, “hidden within”. The name fits the park, as houses, buildings, and factories border Scarcyny, leaving Junction Street as the only viewable source for commuters. This garden is definitely a hidden gem within a typical Detroit urban environment, but grows every year, leaving it up to the people to find our hidden treasure.

Family Fun Days

From late spring through fall, our Ideal Group employees host various fun family activities at Scarcyny Park for Southwest Detroit families. All events are free to the neighborhood residents, planned by the Ideal employees & youth leaders.

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