Win a 2014 Corvette and $50,000!

Want to win a 2014 Corvette and $50,000? Century 21 Town and Country are giving away a new car AND $50,000. Tickets for the raffle are on sale now for $50 and only 5,000 tickets will be sold. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Easter Seals Michigan. The drawing will take place at 2pm on April 12th at John Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston. The winner does not need to be present to win. To purchase your tickets, call  1.800.999.5655.

My Easter Seals Story by Norman S.

I used to live in an apartment in Ferndale. When I became ill, I had to go to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak where I was admitted in the Psychiatric Ward. After that I went to the Day Hospital at Beaumont Hospital. At Day Hospital we stayed three hours a day. We had group sessions and talked about how we were feeling and what was going on in our lives. We also had arts & crafts.

On the bulletin board there was information about Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse (ed. note – a program of Easter Seals Michigan). At that time Dreams was located in Oak Park, Michigan. I started attending Dreams and stayed for about 6 months before attending Our House Clubhouse, a similar clubhouse to Dreams. Our House provided transportation to and from Ferndale, and the staff found me a job at Meijer in Royal Oak as a bagger. I really liked my job and worked there for seven years.

Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse moved to Royal Oak, Michigan and I began attending there once again. I have been attending Dreams for the past seven years. People from Dreams are very nice; for example, when I went into Beaumont Hospital for an obstructed bowel, Dreams staff and members came to visit me. It was very thoughtful.

I moved to a group home in Southfield. A group home is where a group of people who need extra assistance live under one roof; they give you your meds, and feed you three meals a day. I did not like this group home because people screamed a lot. While I was living in this group home I found I was going to the hospital frequently.

My Case Manager from Easter Seals came and visited me in the hospital. I told her I wanted to move to a different group home. She moved me to a group home in Troy, Michigan, which was better until, I felt, the owner made it hard to live there. So they moved me to another group home in Southfield. I am happy to say that this group home is working out for me.

I go to Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse five days a week. I like Dreams very much and feel that I am getting back to my old self. The reason I like Dreams so much is because there are a lot of members who also experience troubles in their lives, and it makes me feel comfortable and less alone. The members and staff make me feel good and help me forget about my problems. I have made a lot of friends there.

They put you to work at the Clubhouse which I do not mind. In fact, I feel good because it keeps me busy and it keeps me active. We help with maintenance and cleaning to make the Clubhouse clean and livable. We also cook lunch and work on the computers. The staff of Dreams helps members find jobs in the community, real jobs where you get paid and then you have extra spending money. Dreams helps members put on parties for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, even dinner on Thanksgiving! We go on trips, like visiting museums, the zoo, Frankenmuth and the parks.

I really feel good going to Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse. It is better than staying at home thinking about your problems. I recommend that everybody go to Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse!

‘Seals on Wheels’ Classic Car Show – June 7th

Join us on June 7th at the Easter Seals Michigan Auburn Hills location for the first annual ‘Seals on Wheels’ Classic Car Show. The event will go from 10am – 2pm and include music, food, beverages, and family fun activities – all leading up to the $100,000 All Cash Raffle taking place at 2pm.

a

To learn more about the event, register your car or purchase a raffle ticket, go to www.essmichigan.org!

Chrystal – An Easter Seals Success Story

I had been through trauma in my childhood so my mom wanted me to be in counseling to work on those issues.  I was cutting and my mom started to look for a new counselor because the old ones hadn’t worked out.  I had been through a lot of counselors and some of them were really bad.  One told my mom that if I wanted to kill myself that she should let me.  He would just tell me to do whatever I wanted even if it was destructive.  I had another counselor that did not listen to me.  One counselor called me fat – she was ultra-skinny and told me I was heavy and made me feel worse about myself.

Local wheelchair athlete Jerry Sarason helps

Jerry Sarason is one of the athletes looking forward to Easter Seals Michigan’s Hightail it for Heroes event on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Stony Creek Metropark. Jerry has been a wheelchair user for 22 years and is a certified mobility consultant for Mobility Works and will be making sure the course is properly set up for the race.

Easter Seals Michigan selected Jerry to give the final inspection of the racecourse, because of his 20 years of experience in wheelchair racing. He reviews course turns and terrain, ensuring they are wheelchair accessible, and will ensure that all wheelchair athletes will have a safe and enjoyable time at the event.

Easter Seals Michigan serves and supports people with disabilities or special needs and their families so they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities.