Monday, March 11, 2013

My Hands Your Heart, Inc

My Hands Your Heart (MHYH) wants you to know that if you are looking for Sign-Language Interpreting for the Deaf, Deaf/blind or hard of hearing, you have come to the right place. They serve the sign-language needs of each of these communities whether you are a local, national or international (Canada) entity. Wherever you require sign-language services MHYH or any of their sign-language agency associates can assist. They will even travel to serve those who are visiting or traveling in Michigan.

They pride themselves on serving in settings which include but are not limited to...

- Medical and surgical
- Counseling/mental health
- Military, political and government, dignitaries
- Educational
- Legal
- Social/community and religion, family events
- Entertainment, vacation, sports, performances and concerts

Friday, March 8, 2013

Vista Maria

Mission: Deliver innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth and build the skills needed to succeed.

Vision: Ensure that vulnerable youth and families are supported, prepared and equipped to achieve lifelong success.

Philosophy of Care: Vista Maria's success is based on the philosophy of Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, who founded the Sisters of the Good Shepherd - the community of women who founded Vista Maria. Every girl is treated as a unique individual - worthy of love based on just who she is. Therapy is designed around each girl's individual experiences and needs. This encompasses a variety of activities that address the physical, spiritual, intellectual, and recreational well being of the girls.

The staff knows that healing takes place in connection with others. Thus, their goal is to create an environment in which healing can occur. Each girl is given love, affection and someone to talk with (not at) them. This approach is holistic and life-giving.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


From the beginning mercyworks has been a grass roots organization, working in under resourced communities meeting felt needs of the people who live there. They started with food, something we all need everyday; and through their partnership developed the capacity to deliver 450,000 pounds of food into Detroit neighborhoods in their first few years. They continue to do that work every week and now they are adding programs that will help the families they have grown to love.

A hand up and a step out - that's what R2 their substance abuse program and their entrepreneurial programs are all about. As they deliver these programs to their communities in Detroit and Lima, they are able to do just that, bring people up and out of poverty.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Volunteers of America Michigan

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps over 2 million people in over 400 communities. Since 1896, their ministry of service has supported an empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Their work touches the mind, body, heart - and ultimately the spirit - of those they serve, integrating their deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Guardians for Animals

Why Guardians for Animals was Founded...

After seeing so many animals needlessly die in shelters across the country, it was clear that a unifying organization was needed to bring together the efforts of countless small no-kill organizations. Everyday they offer this much needed support, utilizing their non-profit umbrella to protect as many animals as possible from a fate that is death.

The rescues are often a death row animals' only hope or survival. Should one small rescue fail, hundreds - even thousands - of animals would perish. Their priority is to reverse this sad fact of life and replace despair with hope and comfort in the eyes of these beautiful and innocent creatures.

Eight to 10 million abused, abandoned and neglected animals enter U.S. Shelters each year. LESS THAN 40% ARE ADOPTED FROM THESE SHELTERS.

Too many are left to die for no reason. Rescue groups are the animals' last hope and the ONLY hope for those innocent animals on death row. GFA helps dedicated, NO KILL rescue groups receive much needed funds, supplies and help with placement of animals in their care. GFA is supported by private and corporate donations. No state or federal funding is received.

Visit their web site for more information on what they do and how you can help.

Monday, March 4, 2013

LATINO Mission Society

LATINO's Mission: Bringing the message of Eternal Life in Jesus Christ to Hispanics in Michigan.

LATINO's Vision: A mission society reaching out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Hispanics in Michigan by partnering with individuals, congregations and organizations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod so that thriving Hispanic Lutheran congregations are formed where Word and Sacrament ministry is communicated in the culture and language of their hearts.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Gateway Assembly

What to Expect at Gateway...

When you go to GWA, you will find people all over, from the place you park your car to where you find your seat, who are warm and friendly and ready to serve you in anyway they can.

Their greeters will great you at the door and direct you to whatever part of the building you may need to go to.

If you would like to visit their Holy Grounds Cafe, workers will be available to serve you a hot or cold specialty drink. If you visit their 9:00am cafe service, feel free to keep your drink with you during the service.

You can visit their Information Centre, located in the foyer to get information on all the events going on, as well as to get answers to any questions you may have.

Once you enter the auditorium, greeters will welcome you and an usher will help you find a seat if needed.

There are services for the whole family that include contemporary worship, Biblical teaching, and an opportunity to make a decision to follow Jesus. Their services are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.

Please feel free to come as you are... attire is casual (even jeans).

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Angels' Place

Who does Angels' Place Serve?

They serve people.  They serve people with developmental disabilities who have a primary diagnosis of mental retardation.

They serve people who may need help in order to cope with common life demands and who may not be able to complete some or many of the tasks of daily living that are typically expected of people in their same age group.  To be characterized as a developmental disability the onset of the condition is apparent in childhood or before the age of 22.

They serve by treating each person as an individual and their family as vital members of the Angels' Place community.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is an information and referral service for prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting children with "special needs," and for adoption workers looking for homes for these children.

The MARE website provides a photo listing of waiting Michigan children and of Michigan families interested in adopting children with special needs. The child listings are updated bimonthly, typically at the beginning and end of each month.

MARE is not a placement service -- it does not provide care for waiting children and does not do family home studies. Instead, MARE refers prospective parents to agencies and answers questions they might have about adoption and children with special needs. MARE also provides technical assistance to adoption workers and agencies.

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange
PO Box 980789
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(800)589-6273 (in Michigan)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is the nation's largest adoption agency, and they also care for women facing unplanned pregnancies and orphans living on five continents. They are called to care for children of all ages and in all stages of life. They serve children at conception by counseling women with unplanned pregnancies and by providing frozen embryos a change for a full life through their embryo adoption program. Their commitment extends to children and teens who are living in foster care or in orphanages -- children who need a "forever family".

Bethany Christian Services' comprehensive services include adoption, temporary foster care, counseling, training and family support because they know children thrive in safe, loving and strong families. They are committed to finding the best families for children in need around the world. Their mission calls them to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

Founding in 1944, Bethany is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides adoption and orphan care services through a national network of over 80 locations and is licensed in more than 30 U.S. states with  strong fiscal history and over 1,00 staff, Bethany Christian Services initiates and maintains child-focused programming both nationally and internationally and in accordance with accepted conventions, standards of care and best practices.