Zaman International, a nonprofit providing services for women and children, has purchased a 40,500-square-foot building in Inkster for $525,000.
Located on Trowbridge, south of Michigan Avenue and west of Beech Daly, the building was previously owned by Norma Wallis, the retired CEO of Livernois Engineering Co.
The new site will enable Zaman to consolidate six local locations, including its current headquarters office in Dearborn, into the new site, which will operate as Zaman International’s Hope for Humanity Center.
Zaman has launched a campaign to raise over $1 million to cover the purchase of the building and an estimated $600,000 in renovations, Founder and Executive Director Najah Bazzy said in an emailed statement.
The deal included an 18,000-square-foot parking lot across the street from the main building, which eventually could be used for future expansion, Zaman said in a news release.
Established a decade ago, Zaman provides food and clothing, shelter, dignified infant burial and skills training to women and children in metro Detroit and in countries including Somalia, Kenya, Haiti, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and the Philippines. Bazzy said it is operating on a $750,000 budget this year.
The new Inkster site will include space for Zaman’s food bank operations, vocational training, clothing recycling and distribution, and furniture donation program, as well as space for additional educational and future programs.
Additionally, it’s located on a bus line, making it more accessible for the local people Zaman serves, the nonprofit said.