HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. -There is a powerful movement underway in Highland Park to turn pain into power, it’s called Avalon Village, a self-sustaining eco-village.
This is the vision of Shamayim “Mama Shu” Harris. It was born out of a tragedy, when in 2007, her young son was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
To cope with the grief, she built a park in his memory and began mentoring kids in the neighborhood.
I had the privileged to set down with Ms. Harris at the Tedx~Detroit conference Thursday October 6, 2016. To hear story was inspiring on so many levels. Shamayim "Mama Shu" Harris is definitely a inspiration to this world, I cant wait to see more of her work and what she does within the community.
Plans for Avalon Village include a homework house to help kids with their studies. Plans also include areas for outdoor sports, a marketplace and cafe that serves up food locally grown. "Mama Shu" is shooting April 2017 to bring her dream to fruition. For more inspiration on Shamayim "Mama Shu" Harris view the video below.
You can find her on Facebook, and Instagram @AvalonVillage