SHAFAQNA -Â Two nonprofits that were founded byÂ Muslim Americans are bringing a Detroit neighborhood back to life.
The nonprofits, Neighborly Needs and Indus Community Action Network are working on the Dream of Detroit Project together.
The Dream of Detroit Project started on Waverly Street. To date three ofÂ five houses in the first phase of theÂ five-year-project have been completed according toÂ Thaddeus Shakoor, the president ofÂ Neighborly Needs.
The two organizations plan to transform a total of 35 homes and purchase the vacantÂ Longfellow Elementary School that is located in the neighborhood they areÂ revitalizing.
Plans are also underway to create commercial spaces for stores and agencies near theÂ Huda Clinic, a medical center that was also founded by Muslim Americans to help provide medical treatment to the uninsured.
Waseem Ullah, a medical doctor and MuslimÂ Pakistani American is the founder of ICAN.Â He said his Islamic faith is what pushed him to start a nonprofit and Â want to give back to the needy.
Before partnering the two groups shared the same goal of buildingÂ a vibrant neighborhood near the Muslim Center of Detroit located on Davison.