THE MISSION AND HISTORY OF MOTOR CITY BLIGHT BUSTERS
It is Motor City Blight Busters' mission to stabilize, revitalize and repopulate the City of Detroit with homeowners.
Founder John J. George believes that by inviting everyone to participate in this worthwhile effort, it will add up to Detroit's rebirth.
The MCBB timeline
It is Motor City Blight Busters’ primary mission to help stabilize, revitalize and rejuvenate
the socio-economic plight of the city of Detroit. Our aim is to restore the city to the
state of great prominence it once held.
We feel that the achievement of this objective hinges on our ability to instill our unwavering
sense of pride (for the city) in each and every one of its residents. For only through such pride,
can the long desired standard of excellence be re-established and maintained.
- 2006 Blight Busters teams up with Good Faith Homes to rebuild and repopulate NW Detroit
- 2005 MCBB teams up with Bill Spencer and TV Channel 7 to give away a $110,000 home to
a deserving family
- 2004 Daimler-Chrysler
- 2004 National Secretary of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) visits the MCBB
- 2003 MCBB launches after school program "Back to the Basics"
- 2003 MCBB partners with U of M Medical Center to offer free medical screening at the MCRC
- 2002 MCBB partners with Ben Falik and Neil Greenberg to launch "Summer in the City" Program
- 2002 MCBB begins serving free Thanksgiving meals to needy citizens
- 2001 MCBB begins leasing space to partner tenants
- 2001 MCBB partners with "Girlfriendz" to launch mentoring programs for urban teen-age girls
- 2001 MCBB makes space available in the MCRC to ACCOSS Building Trades and Culinary
- 2000 MCBB moves into its new headquarters
- 2000 MCBB partners with "Jacob" (Jewish and Chaldean Opportunities Builders"
- 1999 MCBB completes $1.3 million renovation of first two floors to the MCRC
- 1998 John George earns "Point of Light" Presidential Award
- 1995 MCBB takes title to the building and renames it the Motor City Resource Center (MCRC)
- 1995 John George receives "Michigainian of the Year" honor from The Detroit News
- 1995 MCBB partners with Habitat for Humanity to launch "Blitz Build" in the Brightmoor Community
- 1992 MCBB acquires the old Masonic Temple in northwest Detroit
- 1991 MCBB gains first corporate sponsor, Alexander Hamiton Life Insurance Co.
- 1990 MCBB begins "Angels Night" patrols
- 1989 The first "Blight Fight" cleanup is organized, later becoming "Clean Sweep"
(now known as "Motor City Makeover")