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Making a Meaningful and Lasting Impact on the Lives of Children, Adults and Families in Need Making a Meaningful and Lasting Impact on the Lives of Children, Adults and Families in Need

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"Helping those in need succeed" is an appropriate slogan for this Metro Detroit human services agency. For over 90 years, the Judson Center comes to the aid of "children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges."

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Captivating Cocktails, Culture, and Cuisine at Mélange Captivating Cocktails, Culture, and Cuisine at Mélange

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

At Mélange in Ann Arbor, French-Asian cuisine and jazz are served with style.

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3 Great Reasons To Move To Detroit 3 Great Reasons To Move To Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From the ashes, the city of Detroit is rising to continue its illustrious 300-year history. Yes, the Motor City has taken an economic nosedive in the past few decades, but the city is alive and rising. Here, we'll look behind the negative reporting to see a vibrant city core with these three great reasons to move to Detroit.

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Making Your Kitchen Kid-Safe Making Your Kitchen Kid-Safe

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Very young children need constant supervision and are often in the kitchen while a parent or adult does kitchen tasks. With hot ovens, sharp knives, toxic cleaning supplies and other hazards, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for little ones. Worry less by using these tips to make your kitchen safe for kids.

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Michigan First-Time Homebuyer Programs Michigan First-Time Homebuyer Programs

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The economy and housing in parts of Michigan is depressed, making it difficult for first-time buyers. Help is out there if you know where to look. Inside you'll find out about first-time homebuyer programs in Michigan that lend a hand with loans, down payments and more.

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5 Best Towns For Renters In Macomb County 5 Best Towns For Renters In Macomb County

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Macomb County is north of densely populated Detroit in Wayne County and bordered by Lake St. Clair on its lower east side. There is a nice selection of brick homes in this area. Inside, we spotlight the top five best towns for renters throughout Macomb County

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Investing In Detroit Investing In Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With the backing of a few billionaire investors, Detroit is making a comeback. Software engineers are in high demand and the automobile industry is rebounding. Inside, we look at the pros and cons of investing in the Detroit real estate market

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Vibrant Midtown Detroit Vibrant Midtown Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

While many areas of Detroit are struggling to rebuild, the Midtown area is thriving. From a farming community to today's business and cultural center, Midtown may just be a symbol of Detroit's rebirth. Inside, we'll find out why Midtown is the vibrant place to be in Detroit.

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How The Arts Are Saving Detroit How The Arts Are Saving Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The economy of Detroit, Michigan has been struggling for decades, reaching an unprecedented rock bottom with its bankruptcy filing in the summer of 2013. Inside, we highlight how those in Detroit's art scene are helping to lead the comeback by uniting the city through the arts

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5 Smart Ways To Improve Your Credit 5 Smart Ways To Improve Your Credit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Lenders rely on the information reported on your credit report to determine your credit worthiness. The data collected affects your ability to get a loan or credit card or rent a property and is represented as a credit score with the highest score being 850. Inside, we offer five smart ways to improve your credit.

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5 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient 5 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Making your home more energy efficient serves the practical purpose of saving you money while contributing to the larger, noble cause of reducing your carbon footprint. From smarter appliances to better insulation, learn how to save money with these five simple ways to make your home more energy efficient

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Reviewing Your Home Inspection Report Reviewing Your Home Inspection Report

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A home inspection report is a detailed write-up (of varying length, depending on the size of the home) that summarizes the inspector's observations on the condition of the property during their walk through it. Here you will learn how to review and understand the inspection report to avoid costly or unsafe issues for a smart home purchase.

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5 Must-Attend Cultural Events In Detroit 5 Must-Attend Cultural Events In Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Detroit is a city full of culture and music, and its many events are representative of the city's proud heritage. From French to African American to Greek, experience these five must-attend Detroit cultural events.

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The Reconstruction Of Detroit The Reconstruction Of Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

After a July 2013 bankruptcy filing, the largest by any U.S. municipality, the city of Detroit must reconstruct and stabilize its economy. The city is fraught with high unemployment and low income and property taxes due to its low population. Inside, we highlight four reconstruction methods that are helping to shape the future of Detroit.

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Detroit's Green Movement Detroit's Green Movement

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Some builders are helping rebuild Detroit using sustainable or "green" residential construction methods. Habitat for Humanity builds affordable houses for families that are Green Built Michigan Certified. Inside, we review what Detroit's green movement means to the success of Detroit's comeback.

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Top 5 Monuments In Greater Detroit Top 5 Monuments In Greater Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Greater Detroit area has an abundance of both historic and more modern monuments. These monuments tell the history of this over 300-year-old city. See the top five monuments that tell the story of Detroit.

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Detroit At A Glance Detroit At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Growing from its early days as a French trading area to an automobile-industrial metropolis in the early 1900s, Detroit, Michigan was in a steady decline for several decades. Find out what makes the Motor City run, and how it's making a comeback today.

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5 Smart Winterization Tips 5 Smart Winterization Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Keep out of the cold by getting your home ready for winter use. Use these smart tips to winterize your Michigan home and prepare for the cold season.

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Home Improvement Projects That Add Value To Your Property Home Improvement Projects That Add Value To Your Property

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Homeownership provides the opportunity to improve your home. Don't make the wrong home remodels. Learn which home improvements are the best for increasing your selling power and adding value to your home.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien is a Staff Writer at Michigan Homes.