Welcome to Grandmont, one of “Detroit’s Premier, Diverse Communities." Grandmont is a close-knit community of 800 homes, we pride ourselves as being “Detroit’s Home of Good Neighbors." The tranquil atmosphere of our family oriented community is deeply rooted in our serene, tree lined streets and the classic architecture of our houses. The neighborhood is home to Edison Elementary School and Ramsay Park.
This lovely community is served by the Grandmont Community Association (GCA). GCA publishes a monthly newsletter known as The Grandmonitor.
Grandmont’s annual events include a neighborhood-wide banquet, a home and garden tour, and the Grandmont Arts & Crafts Fair.
Dear Grandmont Resident,
Vote for your Grandmont Community Association Board! In continuing to keep our community and neighbors safe, Grandmont Community Association will be hosting drive-up elections for the Grandmont Community Association Board on November 3, 2020! This is an opportunity for residents to be engaged and participate in the process for electing our neighbors to serve and help better our community!
Typically, our elections are held during our annual meeting, but due to the pandemic we will be hosting elections a bit differently this year. Residents will have an opportunity to vote to elect Grandmont Community Association board members on November 3, 2020 via ballot at Ramsay Park located at 14800 Longacre Detroit, MI 48227 between 12 NOON and 6pm. Ballots will be provided upon arrival.
Meet Your 2020 Grandmont Community Association Board Candidates:
The Grandmont Community Association is seeking to elect 5 Grandmont residents to the GCA Board. Board members serve a 2-year term elected by the Grandmont Community Association members.
My name is Janet Adams. I am a resident and dues paying member of the Grandmont Community for 38 years. I have served my neighborhood in many capacities over the years, Block Captain (25 years), Board Member, Membership Chairperson, Radio Patrol and various other volunteer programs in the community. I would appreciate your vote to become a Board Member of the Grandmont Community Association.
Charity and her family have been residents of Grandmont for nearly 4 years. Charity has served as Grandmont Community Associations Secretary, Vice President and now as its President. Charity has a passion for serving Detroit and Grandmont. She leads the Grandmont Community Association with compassion and strength. She loves being around her Grandmont neighbors and looks forward to continuing her service to the Grandmont Community Association and our neighbors. Charity is seeking re-election to the Grandmont Community Association Board.
I am requesting your vote! I am a 36-year Grandmont Community Association resident. Presently in Grandmont, I am a Longacre Block Captain (approx. 20 years), newly elected Rippling Hope National Board Member, GCA Rippling Hope Chair (10 years), Assistant Director of Grandmont Art and Crafts Fair (6 years), Scholarship Committee Chair (12 years), and Grandmont Patrol #4 Treasurer (3 years). Additionally, I have been Grandmont Board of Directors three-term President and Vice President. Also, I have volunteered for many events in our community, e.g.: Youth Expo, Appreciation Day, Ramsay Park Cleanup, Motor City Makeover, Detroit Partnership Day, GCA Art Fair.
I am dedicated to the Grandmont Community Association and the Detroit Community as well. I’ve attended and given input at many meetings such as the GCA Community Board of Directors, Detroit Council member James Tate’s District One, Grandmont Patrol #4, Rippling Hope Leaders, and more. I have worked with the governmental agencies to voice our many concerns such as: security, vacant homes, the lowering of our property tax.
Doug is a Detroit transplant from Chicago. He moved to Detroit 4 years ago to work on the GM Account at his agency. Doug and his partner were very involved in their local community volunteering during city events like October Fest and Pride Fest. They chose the Grandmont neighborhood over Boston Edison and Indian Village because of Grandmont’s close community feeling. Their neighbors have been there to cheer them on throughout their renovations and provide them with local resources to complete their dream home. It is Doug’s goal to become an active member of the Grandmont Homeowners Association Board to continue to see Grandmont grow and flourish as a community through these challenging times.
Robert Patterson is a long-time resident of the Grandmont Community. He currently serves as the Grandmont Community Association Treasurer and has so for many years. Robert is a dedicated resident of the community and is always willing to volunteer his time when necessary around the community. He is passionate about our community’s safety, cleanliness, and everything in between. Robert is seeking re-election to the Grandmont Community Association Board.
Edward Smith is a long-time Grandmont Community Association resident. Ed currently serves on the GCA board. Ed has served on the GCA board for many years as Ramsay Park’s Committee Chair, he’s volunteered on the Beautification/Garden Club Committee, Youth & Education Committee and more. More importantly, Ed takes pride for being the “gate keeper’ of Ramsay Park. He ensures the park is safe and clean for all residents and their family to enjoy. Edward Smith loves his Grandmont Community and is seeking re-election to the Grandmont Community Association Board.
Ethel Smith is a dedicated Grandmont Community Association member who has lived in this community for 5 years. Ethel’s commitment to her neighborhood is unwavering. She has served as the Block and Street Captain for over 3 years, she’s also made sure every resident in Grandmont received their Grandmonitor and helped to collect membership dues! Ethel has been a Board member and made herself available whenever there is a call. She's been part of the Art Fair Committee, Radio Patrol, the social Planning Committee, the Annual Business Meeting Committee, Scholarship Committee and more. Her love for Grandmont and her neighbors is boundless.
All of us as well as the general public greatly admire the accomplishments of Isis King, our 2020 Scholarship Honoree. Her volunteerism for Grandmont Community Association is tremendous!
Education gives us an awareness of the world around us, and turns it into something greater. It provides a viewpoint of looking at life inside us. It allows us to shape opinions and to have views on issues in life. College is important to me for a number of reasons, including lifelong relationships with others, long-term financial benefit, job stability, and overall success. I believe education is a necessity to be successful.
I want to go to college to get the experience. Attending college is going to challenge me academically and intellectually. I want to be surrounded by people who are as ambitious and want to learn as much as they can like me. The experience would introduce me to real-life situations and make me learn from them. When I go to college I want to pledge to a sorority. Being a part of many clubs and teams will make me become more social and active within the university. Mainly, the experience will help me figure out how to go about my future. After school I will not be depending on my family to support me, I want them to encourage me to start my life off right.
Dear Grandmont Residents,
We know that this year has been tough for our community and our families. Through this unprecedented time, we’ve managed to continue to show up for each other and help our community when needed. Grandmont Community Association and our amazing core of community volunteers has continued its mission to be “The Home of Good Neighbors”. During these challenging times, we’ve come together to celebrate Neighborhoods Day through a community Walk, Bike and Stroll which reminded us the importance of community. We selected a young Grandmont resident to be the beneficiary of another scholarship award from the community to help with college expenses. We worked to keep our community beautiful through new floral installations in our street planters and alongside some of our community streets and so much more.
Friends of Grandmont, please allow me to introduce myself.
I’m Josh Engle, recently elected Grandmont board member and secretary of the radio patrol.
Despite owning my home in Grandmont for about 3 years I’ve lived in it for only the last 8 months. My house is a work in progress and as many of you know the work never seems to stop on these beautiful old homes.
I own a commercial construction and electrical company, but most of my career I’ve worked primarily on old homes similar to the ones of our fine neighborhood. Residential construction is what I became an expert in and what I’m mostly known for because of my roles as a general contractor on TV shows Rehab Addict and This Old House.
I’d like to take my experience in construction and do what I can to help our community by setting up a loose association of neighbors helping other neighbors with small handyman type tasks for people that either don’t have the skills or ability to do that task themselves.
The message below is from the desk of Reverend Carl Zerweck, Executive Director of Rippling Hope:
Rippling Hope exists because wonderful caring and loving people like you contribute the majority of the funding that enables us to live out our ministry and mission. Donations make up 70% of our annual revenue.
That’s why we’re asking you to make a special gift to Rippling Hope in response to COVID-19. Every dollar you give will be matched up to $8,000. Consider tithing a portion of your stimulus check. You can send us a check, or donate directly from our Ioby project page: Rippling Hope Community Garden or Facebook page.
Did you know that Grandmont Community Association (GCA) has been awarding scholarships to our high school graduates since 1997?
This is the time of the year for charitable giving! Grandmont Community Youth and Education partnered with Edison Elementary School to donate coats and school uniforms for K-5 students. Special thanks to Principal, Mrs. Akeya Murphy and teacher, Mrs. Natelege Sims for allowing Grandmont Community to be a part of their village. We look forward to future partnerships such as: Tutoring services and 2020 Youth Expo. Happy Holidays!
Pictured are GCA Youth and Education Chair Mrs. Carla White-Smith with Mrs. Sims, and with Edison Elementary student.
“I just think that giving a child a chance and sharing what you have with a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, as well as a child.” Hillary Clinton