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, serves 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 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.
POWER’s most recent transition occurred in June, 2013, when,as part of the agency’s succession plan, Carol Burrell-Jackson became Executive Director.