September 2019

Improvements at Shenandoah

A plan to improve Shenandoah Country Club’s golf course has been approved after several years of careful deliberation by the Shenandoah Country Club Board of Directors, members of the golf committee and the golf course construction committee. The improvement plans will target holes 14 and 15, in addition to the overall water drainage issues. The country club has consulted with a number of professionals to determine the price range of repairs and through extensive research, have found the estimated cost of repairs to be approximately $700,000. A special meeting was hosted on August 20 where the board convened to receive membership approval of the plan for the improvements.


Enriching Young Minds

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On July 18, The Chaldean Cultural Center hosted the Holy Martyrs Chaldean Catholic Church Summer Camp.  A total of 94 students and volunteers attended the event.  Students were divided into groups and were sent on their way to enrich their knowledge of their ancestors, their faith, the villages, the Journey to America, and where the future may take them. The students also enjoyed their afternoon having lunch and learned Chaldean dances. Tours can be scheduled by visiting


Academic Scholarships for the Community

The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) has launched their Academic Scholarship Program. Through support from w3r Consulting, the Nona family, and Dr. Nathima and Peter Atchoo, the CCF will be awarding 10 students with scholarships totaling $30,000. All qualifying recipients will be awarded at the Chaldean Community Foundation’s 2nd Annual Awards Dinner Gala on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. The deadline to apply is October 4. Students can apply online at


CCF Census Awareness Program

Census Day is April 1, 2020! The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) launched a 2020 Census awareness campaign to promote and support a fair and accurate count in the 2020 United States Census. “The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to county everyone once, only once, and in the right place.”


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Back-to-School Event with Utica Community Schools and Warren Consolidated School District

The Chaldean Community Foundation hosted two separate, well attended back-to-school events with Utica Community Schools and Warren Consolidated School District this month, with more than 50 families in attendance for each. Both school districts provided information on what parents need to know for the upcoming school year, including information on school nutrition, PowerSchool, transportation and parent involvement. Families received a backpack with school supplies to get them started for the school year.


Breaking Barriers Celebrates Seven Successful Years

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More than 200 attendees packed St. Josephs Chaldean Catholic Church Hall on Saturday, August 17 to celebrate a successful and groundbreaking program from the Chaldean Community Foundation.

The Breaking Barriers program provides service and advocacy to those with special needs. Started in 2012, the program includes group recreation events, meditation with Michigan state agencies for those with special needs, referrals to service providers for additional needs and respite for caregivers.

Families who have benefitted from the program filled the church for a celebration of its successes. The festivities included a five-course dinner, family photos, and dancing, courtesy of entertainers, DJ and Zarna Tubil. The dance floor was full all night as attendees capped off another successful year for the program.

Over seven years the program has expanded to include two new projects. Braille, English as a Second Language, Acculturation and Mobility (B.E.A.M.) helps those with visual impairments become better equipped to live independent lives. Hard of Hearing, English as a Second Language, American Sign Language and Life Skills (H.E.A.L.) helps those with hearing impairments on the path to independence as well.

Those interested in learning more about the Breaking Barriers program are encouraged to contact the Chaldean Community Foundation at (586) 722-7253.