Our Story

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History

Founded in 2008, Brightmoor Connection was originally a consortium of nine churches and two organizations.  It has been Fisher Foundation funded for the past 10 years in addition to contributions and support from Gleaners of Southeast Michigan and United Way. 


Brightmoor Connection acquired non-profit 501C(3) status in 2015 and has over 35 invaluable and dedicated volunteers – the backbone of our program. Today, it remains a collaborative effort with Pure Word MBC, City Covenant Church, St. Christine’s, Cathedral of Faith, Rosedale Park Baptist, Mt. Vernon MBC, Grace New Covenant, and We the People in service to Detroit’s Brightmoor Community

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Client-Choice Model

Brightmoor Connection uses a Client-Choice Model allowing individuals and families to shop by appointment. The Client-Choice model fosters a shopper-friendly atmosphere. Our clients are afforded the dignity of shopping through a grocery aisle without the stigma of a traditional food pantry experience. People receive an estimated 50-70 pounds of food per monthly visit. Our water station assists individuals and families experiencing water insecurity. We also provide services to assist with water reconnections to their homes. In 2018 the pantry expanded its clothing closet to provide a larger variety of clothes for adults and children. In addition, the pantry provides a special Christmas meal baskets program, children’s coats and boots give away.

Executive Director

Reverend Roslyn Bouier, MDIV

Recognized because of her passion for people, Roslyn Murray Bouier is a grassroots front-line practitioner, community pastor, advocate, activist, organizer, water warrior, and a ‘Repairer of the Breach;’ as well as a New Testament Biblical Scholar and a Womanist Interpreter.


Rev. Roz’s heart to fight for the rights of all has been a constant. She is responsible for planting six (6) food pantries throughout the greater metropolitan area, as well as, establishing 25 feeding programs over the years.


She currently serves as the Executive Director of Brightmoor Connection Client Choice Food Pantry, 501©3. Within this role, Rev. Roz services 1,700 high-need families annually with food, water, clothing, shoes, shelter, computer access, and a place of respite for families disenfranchised and disinherited.


In 2016 she founded Women of Brightmoor; a social justice group whose purpose is to effect a more just and affordable water payment system. By way of the group, and in collaboration with We the People Detroit, Rev. Roz is now training up additional women warriors to come alongside her; teaching and empowering local women to advocate on behalf of their communities.


Rev. Roz is a sought-after activist, speaker, organizer, trainer and preacher, who have been featured in a litany of media outlets. Among other speaking engagements Rev. Roz was the Keynote speaker: National Women’s Convention, Ecumenical Interfaith Service – Cobo Arena; 10/29/2017 Detroit, MI.


To learn more about Reverend Roslyn Bouier, view her Detroit Water Stories oral history by Wayne State University.

Advocacy Initiatives

Families Fighting Water Insecurity

We support Brightmoor residents who are going through the ongoing water crisis in Detroit in which over 100,000 families have experienced a water shutoff. We fight the injustices that lead to Black Detroiters experiencing higher rates of harm during health crises. 


We partner with coalitions like We The People of Detroit to advance research, build leadership, and take action to protect the people.

Families Fight For Community Benefits

We fight to ensure that the voice of the people is at the table when it comes to the allocation of public funds. As a Detroit People's Platform and Equitable Coalition Detroit partner, we help keep our city accountable to its residents.


Learn about how the Community Benefits Agreement impacts you 

or read the ordinance directly.

Housing and Renters Rights against Illegal Foreclosures

Since Detroit's 2009 foreclosure crisis, Brightmoor residents have experienced some of the worst impacts and hundreds of foreclosures. 

One Fair Wage

We believe Brightmoor residents and all tip workers deserve a living wage. We are fighting alongside the Michigan's One Fair Wage campaign, advocating for restaurant workers across the state and the US.

Collaborative Partners

Detroit People's Platform

We continue to build upon our 10-year strong partnership with Detroit People's Platform in the fight for equitable water, affordable housing, and community benefits for our residents. 


Reverend Roslyn Bouier is a proud recipient of the Detroit People's Platform 2015 Justice Award.

Building Movement Project

We work hand-in-hand with the Building Movement Project in building leadership, services and social change through an equitable lens. 


View a webinar in which Reverend Roslyn discusses How Social Change Happens, the View from Detroit, or learn more about how the Building Movement Project.

We the People of Detroit

We the People of Detroit educates, trains leadership, and mobilizes the people of Detroit around water, education, and land rights. We work alongside WPD to fight for equitable access to clean and safe water.


Reverend Roslyn works with WDP and her social justice group, Women of Brightmoor, to teach and empower local women to advocate on behalf of their communities.

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