Your Gift Makes a Difference!

Kristen Kelling seated in front of Braille machine smiling at camera

“Disability Advocates not only advocates for you, they help you be better at advocating for yourself.”  Kristen Kelling knows. She first visited Disability Advocates of Kent County in 2016 after she had graduated from college. At that time, she participated in the Employability class especially enjoying the interactive nature of the sessions. As a person […]

Always Keep Climbing

Susan* was just starting her attempt to climb out of a deep hole when she turned to Disability Advocates of Kent County for help. For years, she had faced severe mental health conditions. In this journey, she had been hospitalized, tried many kinds of treatments, experienced suicidal depression and even tried to take her own […]

Impact of Your Support

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As you know, to say that 2020 has been an unusual year is an understatement! Yet through it all, people living with disabilities and seniors have reached out to us for help and, thanks to your support, we have been able to provide our support covid-style.  Our Workforce Development team pivoted and has offered many […]

A Bathroom Joe Can Use!

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Imagine not being able to take a shower or being able to get on and off the toilet independently. This was a reality that Joe faced daily for 3 years. Joe, a 75 year old gentleman, moved in with his son after having several heart surgeries and a total knee replacement. Disability Advocates was called […]

Get to know Kanisha!

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While Thanksgiving 2020 looks different in so many ways, we at Disability Advocates remain steadfast in our gratitude for your support. Thanks to your help, we have been able to continue to work alongside persons with disabilities throughout our community. Our Pre-Employment Transition team has been no exception. They continue to work with high school and […]

Home for the Holidays! And just where Julie is thrilled to be!

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There are some people you meet and you just walk away feeling better. It could be the warm smile on their face or their infectious positive attitude. And one of those people is Julie.  Julie is a bright and vibrant woman, a friend, and a host to all who wander her way. When Jeanette Tibstra, our Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) program coordinator, first introduced me to Julie, she […]

Veterans, we want to work with you!

Kent County Veteran Services and Disability Advocates of Kent County have teamed up to provide services to veterans with disabilities and their families. The purpose for this funding is to help veterans that are not eligible for other programs but are still in need.  Below are some areas of what Disability Advocates can help with.  Occupational Therapy   Home assessments for accessibility in residential […]

Monthly Highlight | Veteran Supports

Sandra Conley joined Disability Advocates of Kent County in June, 2020 as a Veteran Apprentice with the hope of learning skills that will help her find meaningful employment. The Veteran Apprentice program provides services and assistance needed to enable veterans with service-connected disabilities to achieve maximum independence in daily living. This program also provides the […]

OT Month Feature

Our Occupational Therapists (OT) are experts in the area of home evaluations. We evaluate the needs of persons with disabilities or those with life changes due to aging. Thanks to grant funding and a contract with the Michigan Assitive Technology Program, we are able to serve people living in Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta, Osceola as well […]