Meet Jennie! Of Irish descent & loves Southwest Detroit

Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador. She manages a local TimeBank and shares our belief in the power of connecting neighbors to neighbors. Jennie has contributed so much to spreading the message of welcome in Chadsey Condon, a neighborhood of Southwest Detroit, as well as the surrounding communities. Thanks for everything you do Jennie! Here's her story: My name is Jennie, and I love Southwest Detroit! Although I live in Corktown I primarily work in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood, which has a Welcoming effort. I identify as black Irish. The term "black Irish" refers to those of Irish decent with dark features, not to be mistaken for Black and Irish. I know my mother's family came through Nova Scotia, but I have more history of immigration and migration for my father's side. My father's paternal side of the family was from County Cork in Ireland. County Cork is where many of the immigrants came from that landed in Detroit, hence the name of my current neighborhood, Corktown. Most of the Weakleys settled in the south, and a few came to Detroit. When you trace our family back you will find a long history of a fraternity called "Sons of the Weakleys, as well as ties to a little place called Weakleyville located in Martin County, Tennessee. Both of my parents came from a set of six siblings, and I did too. Having large families was the norm in Irish Catholic households, but my siblings and I have vowed to end that pattern. Although we love one another, the majority believe smaller is better. As a parent who has made a very conscious decision to raise her family in Southwest Detroit, I am proud to be a part of the Welcoming team! My daughter has been given the opportunity to be exposed to people of various races, cultures, and ethnicities. She has witnessed racism, skeptisism, and fear, but she recognizes them as fixable behaviors. I firmly believe the work we do now to make our communities more welcoming can have a positive impact on the way immigration will be viewed by the next generation.