Monthly Highlight | Mission Moment


“We received a referral from Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) for an individual that was homeless. The consumer had been in the system for several years with a history of behaviors that caused many programs to close their doors.  With our Disability Advocates mission statement in mind, I came alongside this individual, and drawing on my … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | Mission Moment

Monthly Highlight | OT Appreciation Month


Picture above: photograph of homemade cookies brought in for our Occupational Therapy department this month. The month of April was occupational therapy appreciation month! It’s been a busy month for our OT department, but our program manager, Judy Morris, has found some time to talk about what exactly OT does. The primary services of Occupational … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | OT Appreciation Month

Monthly Highlight | World Day of Social Justice


The United Nations state that “we advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” That is why today, February 20th, is recognized by The UN as World Day of Social Justice. The theme for this year is “If You Want Peace & Development, … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | World Day of Social Justice

Monthly Highlight | National Family Caregivers Month


Media today often recognizes the “everyday heroes” in our communities. These heroes usually include firefighters, police officers, healthcare professionals, and the like who spend their lives making others’ lives better. One group of selfless individuals that often goes unrecognized is family caregivers. Nearly 44 million Americans every year assist their loved ones by providing basic … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | National Family Caregivers Month

Monthly Highlight | National Disability Employment Awareness Month


The month of October has flown by at Disability Advocates! With the changing of the leaves, so too, comes the changing of our fiscal year, which begins on October 1st. This gives us all new opportunities to continue working alongside folks with disabilities as they lead self-directed lives, and to advocate for access to home, … Continue reading Monthly Highlight | National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Impact Story | Nursing Facility Transition – Allyson


Allyson spent three months in a Nursing Facility following heart surgery. Unfortunately, the stairs in her previous apartment made it unsafe for her to return to the home she knew. While in the Nursing Facility, Allyson applied for several senior apartments and was placed on waiting lists. Once she was approved for an apartment, Disability … Continue reading Impact Story | Nursing Facility Transition – Allyson

Impact Story | Ramp Build – Juanita


By working with Home Repair Services and the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, Disability Advocates was able to complete another ramp build for a low income senior who was not able to enter and exit her home safely or independently. This ramp build was part of the HBA’s 25th annual Community Repair Days. … Continue reading Impact Story | Ramp Build – Juanita