Robin Tinnon, the executive director of the non profit organization We All Rise, says even though she was born in Chicago, Green Bay is her true community.
“I feel responsible for the people who are here,” she says.
Tinnon has worked in the school district, developed the Black Youth Alliance Wisconsin and worked with Harbor House on the Domestic Abuse Coalition.
We All Rise application video
Now, she is pulling all her resources together to grow We All Rise: The African American Resource Center in Green Bay. Last month, the organization received a $3,000 Game Changer Grant from Madison-based Forward Community Investments.
According to their application video, the vision of the resource center is to “create and restore the African American community… It is all about creating connection, safe spaces and belonging.”
A main focus area for the resource center is victim health services. Tinnon says currently in Green Bay “there are no crime victims’ services which are specific to the African American community, and furthermore no African American advocates at any of our traditional domestic violence and sexual assault service providers in the area.”
The center provides many other holistic and inclusive offerings from youth services to mental health services, skill building and mentorship, housing support, referrals, education services, employment, transportation, family support, legal assistance and more.
“Folks can come in and have things like coffee, snacks and access to reading material. They don’t have to be hungry and thinking at the same time,” says Tinnon.
As the recipients of the Game Changer Grant of $3,000 Tinnon says she is happy to be a part of Forward Investment Community because they intentionally put money toward culturally specific programming.
The resource center, located at 529 South Jefferson Street is slowing building by adding computers, phones and crisis lines to be as accessible as possible. However, volunteers and Tinnon are able and willing to meet community members at their homes or at other community spaces.
“We will meet them where they need to be,” says Tinnon.