Thursday, January 5, 2017

Michigan : Washtenaw County events and news

The first event coming up this month is sponsored by Intentional Communities of Washtenaw (ICW), a non-profit group that is organized to help provide housing and services to people with DD:

Learn About the New Washtenaw CMH Strategic Plan
Speaker: Trish Cortes, CMH Director
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7 - 8:30 P.M.
Washtenaw ISD at 1819 South Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Between Liberty and Scio Church Roads)

Washtenaw Community Mental Health is the county agency that funds most Community Living Support (CLS) services for persons with disabilities. This month, the ICW program will provide family members with the latest information about changes at the agency and at the state level that will affect our loved ones. 

Our speaker will be Patricia Cortes, CMH Director. Trish holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing and a Master degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Michigan. She has held a variety of positions with Washtenaw County since 2000 including Mental Health Nurse,Health Service Supervisor, Program Administrator - Developmental Disabilities, Program, Director of Health Service Innovation, and Director of Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS) prior to becoming CMH Director. She has established and maintained countless internal and external partnerships in the community. She recently has led the process of developing the CMH Strategic Plan. 

Our monthly meetings are open to the public and offer a great opportunity to learn more about ICW and to meet other families with similar challenges. 

We hope to see you there.

Al Blixt, Board Chair
Intentional Communities of Washtenaw 


St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI is a "caring residential community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities". It is sponsoring a program for special needs families on "Securing the Future":

Securing the Future 
for Special Needs Families 
Protect, Provide and Prosper 

Thursday, February 16, 2017 
7:00 - 9:00 pm 

St. Louis Center 
16195 W. Old US Hwy. 12, Chelsea MI 48118
Family Welcome and Orientation Center 

Many families with special needs children or adults have a difficult time navigating the future for their loved ones, and advanced planning can ensure a positive quality of life for years to come. Our advisors can help special needs families by explaining the ins and outs of saving and investing to ensure long term success. Please join us for an opportunity to ask our distinguished panel about financial investments, special needs trusts, and guardianship issues to obtain the answers you seek while planning for the future. 

Speakers: Dan Johnson, Investment/Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual, Southfield, MI.....Joshua R. Fink, Guardianship - Attorney, *Fink & Fink, Pllc*, Ann Arbor, MI;..... Daniel R. Shirey, Special Needs Trusts *Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook*, Detroit, MI.

Please contact Joe Yekulis, PR Director, at SLC at 734-475-8430 
for more information or to register. 
To learn more about St. Louis Center, visit our website 


The "Village" at St. Louis Center

Groundbreaking Marks New Era for St. Louis Center (9/29/16)

After several years of planning and fundraising, the St. Louis Center finally celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for St. Louis Guanella Village with about 275 of their closest friends on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The “Village” is considered an “intentional community,” with the construction of four new children’s homes immediately for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The “Village” will also include other segments of homes and townhomes for people with I/DD and their families. In spite of the rain soaked evening, supporters came from far and wide to enjoy a fine selection of hors d’oeuvres provided by Food Art, Inc. and speeches from key supporters and local dignitaries. Development Director Peggy Cole was moved that the time had finally arrived to sink shovels into the ground. “We owe this moment to our many supporters who see St. Louis Center as a bright light that is leading the way for others. We have many hard working committee members who share our dream of the St. Louis Guanella Village, and have worked to make this happen.”... 


For more information on St. Louis Center's Guanella Village see the website:

"New housing built in the Village will guarantee the provision of the full continuum of care for aging people with I/DD and will provide housing and care opportunities for them and their families."

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