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Community Stories

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) has nearly 100 programs that strive to assist, improve and empower people in the community locally and nationally. These stories highlight ACCESS programs in the community and across the country, as well as clients who are positively impacted by the organization. Nonprofit groups and media outlets are welcome to reprint these stories with attribution and/or to link to these pages. If you have questions, please contact the ACCESS Communications Department at 313-842-5128.


ACCESS and Art Van Furniture aid families devastated by August flooding in the Metro Detroit area

A summer of learning was provided to children and teens in ACCESS’ summer arts program. Students ages 8 to 18 worked with an instructor to learn techniques to create modern and traditional artwork from Egyptian, Chinese and South American cultures.

This year has been an incredible experience for the Rolling Thunder youth basketball team at ACCESS. The team recently won the league championship and finished top in their season.

On June 26, 10 local entrepreneurs gathered with ACCESS Growth Center staff, advisory board members, partner organization representatives, family and friends to celebrate their graduation from the Growth Center IGNITE advanced business training program. The businesses represented by the cohort ranged from a logistics company to a collectively-owned coffee shop.

Throughout the month of June, 22 high school students across Wayne County participated in the Arab American Youth Leadership course at ACCESS.