By Julie McCoy
It has been several months since I last published an article. My co-founder, Laura MacDonald, and I have been searching the area for a suitable building for our shop that was within our budget and in a good location. We have landed in East China.
Our new location is 2000 South River Rd, East China, MI. We are at the corner of Hathaway and S. River Rd, also known as M29. We received the keys May 1 and have been working getting the inside prepped for painting. It is a big job and welcome anyone that is interested in painting walls or general cleaning around the outside of the building to stop in. We are very interested in make a small garden that our individuals can work in and learn how to plant, pull weeds, harvest produce or flowers, and general maintenance for the garden. We would love someone that is interested in preparing a site for the garden to stop by and talk with Laura or me. We would like to get the foundation done prior to our individuals coming and planting. These are the first things we want to get done prior to bringing the wonderful donations from the community into the building for other individuals to work getting ready for sale. We will need help in that area, as well.
We are so Blessed and excited for this to finally come to fruition. We welcome the community interested in helping us to stop by and see where you could help. We will be taking pictures as we progress. You will get to know our wonderful Special Needs individuals who so much want to be a part of this community.
Julie McCoy is the mother of an adult son with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Now retired, she has worked in many different fields, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resource Administration through Concordia University. She also worked as a substitute teacher, requesting Special Education classes. She is involved at the state level in an Advisory Implementation Group comprising 50 other individuals from within the state working on a mandate from the federal government called Home and Community Based Service Waiver or HCBS waiver. This waiver comprises of moving persons on Medicaid and are I/DD from specific segregated facilities to the greater community. Her goal is to establish a location that will not only serve the community, but will strengthen the abilities of, and bring recognition to, one of the most vulnerable populations in our country.
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