UPCOMING EVENTS

JOIN THE DETROIT MAILING LIST

RENT OUR WORKSHOP
RENT OUR WORKSHOP

Our Work

Communities in Detroit are doing remarkable work to build a vibrant 21st century future after a 20th century in which the city boomed an busted at an extraordinary scale. Detroiters have seen it all — the Arsensal of Democracy, Arson City, Devil’s Night, Angel’s Night, schools that have produced Nobel Laureates and dropouts, and neighborhoods that are, at once, food deserts and the vanguard of urban agriculture. Repair the World has an amazing network of partner organizations and volunteers that come from throughout the city, region and beyond to invest their energy in Detroit.

OUR TEAM

  • Sarah Allyn

    Executive Director, Repair the World Detroit

  • Sarah Allyn

    Executive Director, Repair the World Detroit
    Sarah grew up in Metro Detroit, across the street from the elephants at the Detroit Zoo. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to Chicago to join Teach For America as an early childhood educator. Family and the emerging food scene in the city brought her back home where she spent four years as the Director of Education at Temple Shir Shalom. Sarah is thrilled to be working with the many passionate people and organizations in Detroit. When she's not working, Sarah can be found jogging through her Woodbridge neighborhood or ordering the left side of the menu at the Yemen Cafe.
    [email protected]
  • Rachel Fine

    Teen Engagement Manager, Repair the World Detroit

  • Rachel Fine

    Teen Engagement Manager, Repair the World Detroit
    After participating in the Repair the World Fellowship in 2014-15 and 2015-16, it was only natural for Rachel to step into a position coordinating PeerCorps, the program she helped develop during her time as a fellow. Rachel specializes in teen programming, an area of expertise stemming from her time as a Repair the World fellow and her eight years of leadership experience at Jewish wilderness camp. Previously, Rachel studied Human Development and Social Relations as well as Political Science and Spanish at Kalamazoo College. One of her most formative life experiences was studying, working and living in San Jose, Costa Rica for a year. Since she moved to Southwest Detroit in Fall 2014, she has loved immersing herself in the community through her passion for food justice, education justice, and soccer![email protected]
  • Sarah Katz

    Program Manager, Repair the World Detroit

  • Sarah Katz

    Program Manager, Repair the World Detroit
    Sarah was raised in a small town in Massachusetts and began attending Jewish summer camps at the age of 5. She credits these experiences with fostering a rich earth-based, Jewish identity. At 13 she moved to the  High Five State (Michigan) where she has resided ever since (barring a brief stint in North Carolina). After graduating from the Michigan State University, Sarah diversified her resume, dabbling in a number of careers including, managing a Jewish wilderness tripping and outdoor education program, trying her hand at early childhood education, and designing and implementing exhibits and curriculum at the Metro Detroit JCC children's museum. Most recently Sarahhas stepped into a roll at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. At BBBS she worked to match youth from Detroit and surrounding communities with life long mentors, while also working to enhance training and connectivity among volunteers. Sarah is thrilled to be combining her passion for experiential education, community building, and Jewish tradition in this new role with Repair the World Detroit.  When she's not working, Sarah can be found wandering the woods of Michigan with her partner and pup, sitting on the board of a tree planing nonprofit and tirelessly searching for the best pizza in Michigan (its a struggle for and east coast girl).
    [email protected]
  • Zach Hebert

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit

  • Zach Hebert

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit
    Zach recently graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in sociology. For the past year, he has worked for the Merrymeeting Food Council in Brunswick ME. As a local non-profit focused on advancing the local Maine food system, the organization works with local farms to collect nutritious food and distribute it to their network of recipient organizations, including food pantries and low-income housing authorities. He is excited to join Repair the World because he believes that access to nutritious and appropriate food is a right for everyone. By addressing food insecurity we are also able to address other systemic issues of health and injustice. He has also visited 41 out of 50 states in the U.S.!
  • Raeruth Oleshansky

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit

  • Raeruth Oleshansky

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit
    Raeruth spent time working with an organization named Crossing Water to bring clean water, health information, and resources to the residents of Flint, MI. She’s also extremely passionate about educational justice, especially after spending time in a local elementary school and seeing the injustices firsthand. She wants to continue to work toward a more just system. She has also tried every flavor of M&M’s and may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with chocolate.
  • Celena Ritchey

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit

  • Celena Ritchey

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit
    Celena spent the summer serving with AmeriCorp VISTA with the Ohio Association of Free Clinics at Otterbein University. As Community Garden Coordinator, she enjoyed spending time working on the garden, serving at an on-campus food pantry, and volunteering at a summer lunch club for children. She believes that until people are able to procure life's basic necessities - food, shelter, and water -  their ability to act on their compassion for environmental issues is limited. She sees being a food justice Fellow as an opportunity to help progress the lives of others and move our society forward. Fun fact: she once scooped ice cream for Tyra Banks!
  • Mara Stienitz

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit

  • Mara Stienitz

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit
    Mara recently graduated from Macalester College, where she studied history. While there, she worked as the Program Assistant and Youth Council Coordinator at Urban Roots, a youth development non-profit on the East Side of St Paul. She saw firsthand how engaging youth in food systems helps them grow and makes the community stronger. She is excited to combine her love for Judaism with her desire to improve food systems and feed children. Additionally, she spent two years in college working at a butcher shop!  
  • Abby Waldorf

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit

  • Abby Waldorf

    Fellow, Repair the World Detroit
    Abby recently graduated from Juniata College with a degree in Human Ecology. She’s excited to apply what she learned during her experience working at the Care Earth Trust in Chennai, India, where she assisted with a a land use/cover change project in the Kanchipuram district. As an intern at the Blair County Planning Commission in Holidaysburg, PA, Abby helped conduct a Social Vulnerability Assessment to plan for hazard mitigation. Abby aspires to get a Masters in Community Development and partner with communities working to alleviate injustice.