I definitely have faith in Flint. First of all, I have faith in God and I know through him everything is possible. We may have stumbled here in Flint a little bit, but we’re finding our ground. There are businesses popping up all over the place, there are people who believe in Flint. That’s why I opened Jazzercise right here in Flint. There’s a need, there are people who enjoy getting out and doing things, and I want to be a part of the growth in Flint.
I don’t think Flint will ever go back to what it was, however, that does not mean it can’t be a healthy, prosperous community. The University of Michigan having a campus here, Kettering University, a fine engineering school is here in Flint…and it has potential. But, we need other things for this place to prosper. You’ve got the universities, then the kids graduate where are they going to go? There’s no jobs here. They need a place to apply their learning.
I feel strong that they’re trying their hardest to try and get it back here. We’ve seen improvements; we’ve seen more stuff coming down town. I don’t think it will ever get back to what it used to be, but better than it was a few years ago. Actually more and more people and different people every month or so. They’re trying to make a college town out of it, which is good because we need people here.
The Flint Experience
I have a passion for giving back to the community, especially for feeding the community. If the community had not been there for me when I was growing up, I would not have survived.
When Father Tim MacDonald’s parents moved to Flint in 1966, the city was a welcome destination for families.
“My parents came to Michigan in 1966. They recall it being a beautiful and exciting place,” says Father Tim. “My father is still there now, 49 years later. I remember it as a place with good schools and lots of opportunities.”
To some, Flint represents complete failure — economic, political and social. Flint was the birthplace of General Motors, an American success story. Flint was Michigan’s second city, with a population approaching 200,000.
Glenda says she’s a changed woman, thanks to the Center for Hope
“I would look around at people on the bus and think ‘They’re normal. Why can’t I be normal?’ But every time I tried to get off the heroine, the sickness would start. I was totally dependent. ‘Couldn’t function without it, even though it ruined my teeth, gave me terrible diarrhea and made me hurt all over.