Third New Hope Baptist Church hosted their first annual “Rock the Block” event with family-friendly activities for the whole community near their west side campus. Festivities included a bounce house, mobile arcade, face painting, and basketball. The church donated backpacks to school-aged children, vendors and food trucks provided free meals, ice cream, and a variety of sweets and snacks for those who joined in the fun.
The Detroit Police Department Mounted Police, Bomb Squad, and Aerial Support Units were also in attendance. A helicopter landed in a grass lot near the church and allowed citizens to take photos inside of the aircraft. The pilots put on a show during departure by circling the area while waving at the audience below. The Mounted Police allowed petting and photos with the horses as they made their way through the crowd, and the Chief of Police even made an appearance and took pictures with local community members .
36th District Court Administration was on site to answer questions from citizens concerning traffic matters, warrants, and the restoration of driving privileges.
It was wonderful to participate in an event with fellow community stakeholders that allowed us an opportunity as public servants to join the citizens of Detroit right in their own neighborhoods. “Rock the Block” was a great success, and we look forward to next year!