Common Ground Salutes Fallen Warrior

Gabriel Werba, former board member and longtime supporter of Common Ground passed away recently after a brief illness.  He played a key role in defining the vision, direction and longevity of the agency.


Volunteers are the foundation upon which Common Ground was built more than 40 years ago.  Mr. Werba helped build that foundation and is part of the reason Common Ground is able to help thousands of youth, individuals and families move from crisis to hope.  His contributions will forever be a part of the legacy of Common Ground.


"Gabe was instrumental in improving the communication work of Common Ground and helped bring focus and clarity to major issues," said Tony Rothschild, Common Ground CEO.  "He was always a great thinker and had a wonderful sense of humor.  He will be missed."


Mr. Werba was active in the community and had a leadership role in a number of organizations in addition to Common Ground, such as the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, the Inner City Business Improvement Forum (ICBIF), Sinai Hospital and a host of other activities.  He served on Common Ground's Board of Trustees for almost 20 years.


Professionally, Mr. Werba was best known for leading the public relations effort to legalize non-Native American casinos in Michigan and earlier, to enact Michigan's bottle deposit law.  A resident of Farmington Hills and Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Werba is survived by his wife Barrie and children Annmarie Bragdon and Dean Werba.