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Holidays at Home

Each year, Region 2 Area Agency on Aging is able to help some of its participants through our Holidays at Home Program. Through this program our employees collect donations from businesses across the three counties and then purchase gifts for our participants who are in the greatest economic need. Last year we received sufficient donations through the generosity of businesses and private citizens to purchase gifts for over 50 of our participants!

Please consider joining with us in support of those in need in our region by making a cash or product donation that will not only help to provide needed gifts, but also fill unmet needs, provide services for seniors and adults with disabilities, and fund health and wellness workshops for those in our community throughout the year.

Please call Anna Hayes, Program Coordinator, at 800-335-7881 for more information, including donation pick-up arrangements. Or make an on-line donation through our website.

Elvia Shirkey is a Healthcare Angel

Our own Elvia Shirkey was selected by Jackson Magazine as a Healthcare Angel Award winner for 2017.

Each year the magazine honors individuals in the health care field who are deserving of special recognition. Elvia is a registered Nurse who works as part of a supports coordinator team visiting participants in their homes. The team meets with participants and helps them find services and preventions needed to keep them as safe and independent as possible. Read the full article about Elvia and the other local Angels in the Jackson Magazine on-line edition.

COMMUNITY FOR A LIFETIME NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The Community of Brooklyn and the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging are gathering information from residents in the 49230 zip code. This information will be used for the State of Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency to proclaim The Village of Brooklyn as “A Community for a Lifetime.”

Please help us make sure everyone is represented by taking our on-line survey. If you are in need of assistance to complete the survey, please call 1-800-335-7881. Thank you.

Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors

The Sharonville Game Management Area near Grass Lake now includes 700 acres for exclusive use by people with disabilities for hunting and enjoying nature. Three accessible hunting blinds have been installed in the area and certified volunteer helpers are available on scheduled days to provide one-on-one assistance if needed. The program is managed by Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO), a collaborative partnership whose mission is to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans and others with disabilities.

A limited number of Tracked Wheelchairs are available for use at the Sharonville State Game Area and other areas with advance reservations. These chairs allow people with mobility impairments to travel through undeveloped areas that would not otherwise be easily accessible to them.

To learn more or inquire about availability of services and resources from events to individual outdoor opportunities contact Tom Jones by calling 734-612-6677, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the MiOFO website.