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Ryan Patton and his daughter MaRyah embody the hope and promise of Flint’s future. Photo: Paul Engstrom
Ryan Patton and his daughter MaRyah embody the hope and promise of Flint’s future.

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Jackie Berg, Founder & Publisher, TheHUB Flint

Known as “the General” to friends and close associates, Sandra Patton earned her nickname from leading weekly meetings where she encourages others fighting life’s battles. From Genesee County and beyond, she and a devoted group of participants meet to support those facing adversity and related suffering and discouragement.

At home her focus and prayers are on her family and its pride and joy, her granddaughter MaRyah, who was exposed to the lead in Flint’s water at school and during visits with relatives. Patton and her son, Ryan, vigilantly plan MaRyah’s meals to be sure she’s eating healthy foods and getting the exercise needed to keep her healthy.

Patton, her son and granddaughter represent the kind of multigenerational connections that characterize Flint – a community where vitality shines even in the face of adversity.

It’s also a city where visionaries like Oaklin Mixon succeed.

Just two years ago Mixon started his online fashion brand, GoodBoy Clothing, using his personal savings.

Today, he has plans to open a manufacturing shop in the community that became his adopted hometown as a child. He’ll tell you the growing success of GoodBoy Clothing reflects the spirit of a community that helped mold him into a man.

Oaklin Mixon is a part of the entrepreneurial culture that is lifting Flint's image. Photo: Paul Engstrom
Oaklin Mixon is a part of the entrepreneurial culture that is lifting Flint’s image.

Flint’s legacy of building and producing make it a place that inspires countless other visionaries like Mixon. The realization of their dreams is reflected in the many art and business programs that nurture ideas and inspire passion.

In this city’s neighborhoods compassionate and supportive residents remain dedicated to improving the everyday lives of those around them. Today, more than ever, we see generous contributions from many who’ve made a collective promise to see Flint through its current challenges.

It’s inspiring to see so many citizens out on the front lines. TheHUB is proud to recognize the individual and collective efforts that continually improve the lives of many.

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