Tamir Bell, Fund Development Fellow
Tamir joined Safe & Just Michigan in 2021 as a development fellow. Tamir returned home from prison on Feb. 25, 2020, approximately two weeks before the state shut down because of COVID-19. Tamir overcame barriers he faced because of his past and the pandemic to start a business, enroll in college and work as a navigator for Michigan Liberation. He wants to add fundraising and grant writing to his growing list of skills.
“Fundraising and grant writing would be beneficial to my community — the community of Detroit and the community of returning citizens,” Tamir said.
Tamir says his supportive family allowed him to accomplish much of what he has done so far, and he wants to pay that forward to others. His goals include assisting others with their transition home and starting a community center for youth offering mental health help, recreation, athletics and other programs to break the school-to-prison pipeline.
Tamir is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
He lives in West Detroit.