POWER Inc. (People-Organized-Working-Evolving-Reaching) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 Community Development Corporation designed to serve the
Washtenaw County community. POWER was incorporated in 1996 in fulfillment of the Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International (CLFMI) vision. Apostle Robert Hill shared this vision with POWER’s Denese Brown, MSW and John Wallace, PhD, to establish a Christian community that is Christ sufficient in all areas of living: spiritual, social, economic, and educational.
Kehli Woodruff became the first administrator of POWER, Inc. We started with an interim board of 6 members (John Wallace, Jimmy Stegall, Debby Mitchell, Victor Hicks, Sylvia Spikes & Denese Brown). Kehli established a foundation for long-term strategic planning and developed a quality-training program. In late 1998, Denese Brown,MSW, who had over 20 years of human services experience, became the Executive Director. Carol Burrell-Jackson, PhD, LMSW, served as the Clinical Director for Counseling and Clinical Services. Kamala Massey, BA, is the Program Director of Housing and Economic Development Services; Harold L. Wimberly, BS, served as the Managing Director for Family Advocacy and Parent Education.
POWER has an active and committed volunteer Board of Directors, with a wide range of expertise. We are fortunate to have such a multi-talented group of professionals that believe in the holistic mission of our organization.
In June, 2000, POWER welcomed its first graduate interns from Eastern Michigan University (Communications), Wayne State University (Social Work), and the University of Michigan (Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work/Social Science). Since that time, we have mentored over 200 interns from high school to doctoral level, in a variety of disciplines, adding to the pool of qualified leaders in the fields of social work, counseling, human services, family life education, marriage and family therapy, business, and more.
In May 2001, POWER acquired Under the Rainbow of Love Learning Center a daycare center for children ages 2 months to 4 years. The Learning Center closed in 2006.
The POWER Team grieved at the loss of its founder, Apostle, Robert A. Hill, in June, 2010. We renewed our commitment to continue his legacy of service.
In 2012 POWER was accredited by the Council on Accreditation in Case Management, Child And Family Development and Support Services, Financial Education Services, and Outpatient Mental Health Services. We extended our programming to provide social work services to individuals returning from Rehabilitation nursing homes and hospitals, marking launching of Restoration Home Care.
POWER’s most recent transitions occurred in 2013, when Dr. Carol Burrell-Jackson became Executive Director.
POWER continues to provide quality services to individuals, couples and families through caring compassionate professional providers.