2nd Annual Green Halloween

30 Oct , 2015  


Scarcyny Park & Garden celebrated its 2nd Annual Green Halloween on Saturday, October 24. Linda Rhodes and Yesenia Ramos from Ideal Contracting arrived early in the morning along with volunteers to set up an exciting day for the neighborhood children. Stations were set up for kids to paint a pumpkin, make Halloween masks and paint Halloween trick-or-trick bags. More…


Welcome Detroit Cristo Rey 2015-2016 Interns

30 Sep , 2015  


A big welcome to our 2015-2016 Detroit Cristo Rey Intern team! This school year we welcome six interns, Christopher Lara, Jacqueline Perez, Richard Zarate, Enrique Cordero, Christian Perales, and Oscar Jimenez, to Ideal Group. More…


Fifth Third Bank Volunteer Day

31 Aug , 2015   Gallery


Sometimes opportunity knocks; other times, it rolls! Thank you to all of the Fifth Third Bank volunteers that came to Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt to help keep our gardens beautiful. During the Fifth Third volunteer day, our community youth were informed about a scholarship offered through the Michigan State Fair and The Fifth Third Bank. Three of Ideal’s summer interns applied for the scholarship and we are pleased to announce that all three received the Michigan State Fair Scholarship, Christopher Lara $2,000, Paulina Torres $1,500 and Diego Barajas $1,000. More…


DIA Inside|Out

31 Jul , 2015  


The Detroit Institute of Art has installed two replica paintings of the Fisherman’s Wedding by Thomas Moran and Noah’s Ark: Genesis by Charles McGee in Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt and Scarcyny Park & Garden. SDEV has brought the DIA Inside|Out Program to six Southwest Detroit Community Gardens! Special thanks to the DIA for implementing this program, the Kresge Foundation for funding it, and our community partners for creating and maintaining these beautiful gardens! More…


Rain or Shine!

29 May , 2015   Gallery


The rain did not stop 60+ volunteers from participating in Cadillac Urban Gardens and Scarcyny Park’s annual Motor City Makeover. Sarah Clark from SDEV organized tasks for teams to complete throughout the morning. Teams targeted different areas in the community. A team, led by Richard Zarate, targeted street clean-up from Junction to McKinstry, filling up dumpsters that were donated by Magna and Dinverno. More…


Spring Cleaning is Here!

29 Apr , 2015  


In past years, area businesses have come together for the Motor City Makeover and greatly improved the streetscape’s appearance around our neighborhoods. This year’s Motor City Makeover is scheduled for May 16, 2015. Activities include trash removal, sidewalk area sweeping and graffiti paint-outs,


Community,Ideal Group

Growing Detroit’s Workforce!

29 Apr , 2015  


Mayor Mike Duggan invited companies including Marathon, Michigan Science Center, Ideal Group, and others to join him in a sit down and talk about Detroit’s youth.  Grow Detroit’s Youth Talent is a six-week summer youth employment program that has been re-tooled to ensure pre-screening and on-the-job support for teens and employers.



Closing in on successful First Robotics Rookie seasons!

30 Mar , 2015  

Robotics Collage

The Detroit Cristo Rey Kinematic Wolves and the DHDC Rec’n Crew wrapped up an exciting Rookie Season in First Robotics! The Kinematic Wolves received the Rookie All Star Award in its first competition in Southfield and showed tremendous growth during their competition in Woodhaven where they were an Alliance Team Captain! Since they won the Rookie All Star Award the Kinematic Wolves will present at Regionals in Grand Rapids, April 8-11 at the DeltaPlex. More…


Merritt Street Clean-Up

30 Mar , 2015   Gallery


On a cold March Saturday morning, 80 volunteers from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, BuildOn, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit Bees, Detroit Cristo Rey, Ideal employees and others came out early to volunteer at our very first Merritt Street Clean-Up. Teams were divided and volunteers targeted streets and alleys. Two 30 yard dumpsters were filled, and 200 tires were picked up. More…


Robotics Engineering Center of Detroit

30 Jan , 2015   Gallery

DSC_1866a (1)

The Detroit Tigers were a part of the official ribbon cutting on January 23rd for The Robotics Engineering Center of Detroit, located inside of Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.  DHDC was one of the stops that the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, with More…