Chosen Generations was started in the fall of 1981. As the years progressed, we developed programs that have benefited the community around us. In the winter of 1995, we saw a need for a community center that gave the residents and especially the children, a place that was safe. So we began our first implementations and thus our first youth programs were started, beginning with our basketball league, which ushered in our after-school, volleyball, skating, and our mentoring programs. Shortly after, we began our programs aimed at the seniors in the community.
In the summer of 2000, we began building renovations, which included a new computer lab, a dining hall, which we named “Tut’s Hall”, featuring art works and designs similar to those in the pyramids in Egypt. Additionally, we continued with a kitchen, 4 pantries, a utility room, we also added 2 new bathrooms. The intricate designs of the hall are carried throughout the center.
In the summer of 2007, we undertook the task of renovating our regulation size gymnasium, adding new life to our center and allowing us to send a new message to the citizens that we want to take our center to another level.
To date, we have seen so much progress with our programs that educators and parents have thanked us for providing their children with a positive environment. The children’s positive outlook on the future has translated through the activities they participate in.
Chosen has also had many successful annual events that have seen record amount of participants, especially our annual “Breakfast with Santa & Bazaar held each year the first few weeks of December. The event was started and spearheaded by a Chosen Staff member and my daughter, Angela Thornton, in the 2004, when she who saw a need each and every year of the many Detroit children who didn’t participate in Christmas, who hadn’t seen Santa Claus and who have been truly effected by the down turn of the economy because their parents could not afford to provide them with a nice gift and a warm meal. To date, we have raise over $50,000 in charitable donations that have serviced over 10,000+ children and young adults with this one single event. Other community events that have seen huge success is our annual Community Resource Forum held in March and April, our Pre-Mother’s Day Dinner held in May, our “Back-To-School Fair” held in August, our Fall Harvest held in October, and our Annual “Fall Into Fashion” Charity event held in November. We have always strived to give the community the programs and events that benefit them.