Partners in Harbor Shores Accomplishments

During the past five years, your community has been building together.

Economic & Physical Development

  • More than 300 affordable homes constructed with 26 working family homes under construction in Benton Harbor area -- a community investment of $69.5 million.
  • Harbor Habitat for Humanity served 77 families -- including 24 Jimmy Carter Work Project homes.
  • Cornerstone Small Business Services gave technical assistance to over 1,200 entrepreneurs.
  • Cornerstone Economic Development efforts created or retained 725 local jobs and sponsored $40 million in physical development improvements in Benton Harbor.
  • $120,000 in Cornerstone façade grants to 19 building owners in the City of Benton Harbor produced more than $400,000 in façade beautification. 
  • $2.3 million in infrastructure improvements in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

Individual Growth

  • 100 Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning (CPLL) Family Literacy Center volunteers coached 300+ residents in the last 18 months.
  • 80 students are currently enrolled in the CPLL curriculum to earn a GED.
  • 200 adult learners attended the CPC “Blueprints… your life by design” personal transformation program.
  • 30 women completed the year long CPC substance abuse residential treatment program – an Inspiration House Project

Students and School

  • Boys and Girls Club programming averages 2,000 children served each year. 
  • Each year 400 mentors served 175 Benton Harbor Area Elementary School students through the Help One Student To Succeed (HOST) program.
  • 271 youth participated in the summer First Tee program at the Boys and Girls Club and more than 2,000 children are currently in the First Tee program through BHAS.
  • The Benton Harbor Youth Works summer program employed an average of 200 youths per year for 4 years at various businesses throughout the community.
  • The CWCC’s Bridges to Digital Excellence Program provided computers to 1,500 Berrien County families, 100 students at Lake Michigan College, and 150 local non-profit organizations.
  • 840 Students are in the CPC after school program.


  • The CWCC’s Housing Consortium met with 150 individuals, fast tracked five to lending institutions, and secured 30 down payment assistance loans.
  • 30 home owners improved their home’s safety, comfort, and façade using a $5,000 rehab grant from the CPC Neighborhood Improvement Fund.
  • 65 non-profit organizations receive “grassroots community building” grants totaling more than $500,000 through the CPC ConnectUp! Fund

Leadership Development/ Citizen Participation

  • CWCC creation participation included:  600 people at the community improvement launch; 2,350 interviewed to define the efforts scope/direction; 150 at weekend session to define the work; 400 to 500 at meetings every three weeks from April to November 2002, and 1,000 people at quarterly luncheons.
  • $25,000 CPC contributions delivered through the Benton Harbor Block Clubs and Band of Brethren in Christ supported grassroots neighborhood development programs.

* Information as of January 2008.

The Partners in Harbor Shores

ImageHarbor Shores Community Redevelopment, Inc. (HSCRI) is a non-profit entity formed to serve as a master developer for the Harbor Shores project. As a corporation, HSCRI is owned by three non-profit organizations that have established relationships and project successes within our communities:  Whirlpool Foundation, the Alliance for World-Class Communities and Cornerstone Alliance.  HSCRI is managed by the Board of Trustees, which includes representatives of this ownership group.

ImageThe mission of the Citizen for Progressive Change is to implement the recommendations of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm’s Benton Harbor Task Force.  Implementation of these recommendations will occur through a process of advocacy, education and collaboration.  The vision is to engage citizens in resolving economic, social and human development issues with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for Benton Harbor residents.

ImageThe mission of the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning (CPLL) is to work collaboratively to improve community systems that have an impact on learning and workforce competitiveness. The CPLL believes that all people are lifelong learners. They envision a vibrant community of learners at every age who will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for success in school, in the workplace and in life.

ImageThe mission of Cornerstone Alliance is to generate economic growth and promote civic development in the community comprised of the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, the charter townships of Benton, St. Joseph, Lincoln and Royalton.  Cornerstone Alliance is an investor driven organization committed to improving the economic wealth of our community.  The vision of the organization is to create individual opportunity in a world-class community through partnerships.

The Council for World-Class Communities (CWCC) mission is to create an environment where Southwest Michigan residents view differences among themselves as strengths that open opportunities for everyone to grow and participate fully, rather than seeing differences as threats or problems. The CWCC vision is “to create a set of interdependent, world-class communities where diversity and inclusion are the foundation and no one is left behind.”   

Whirlpool Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $18 billion, 73,000 employees and nearly 73 manufacturing and technology centers around the globe. Their world headquarters are located in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

More than half a century ago, Whirlpool Corporation cofounders Louis and Frederick Upton established Whirlpool Foundation and made a commitment – a promise – to reinvest in the community. Their intent was to provide financial and leadership support for nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where Whirlpool Corporation operated. Today, Whirlpool Foundation addresses community issues with a global approach that better leverages resources and broadens the impact of change and improvement. Since its founding, hundreds of organizations and programs have benefited from more than $128 million in grants.