The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) helps individuals with disabilities and mental illness realize their dreams as full members of their communities.
We do this through comprehensive services and supports, training and education, and advocacy.
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MORC is pleased to announce its annual Caregiver Appreciation Day and Kohl's Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center. Some 1,200 caregivers from six counties, including Oakland and Macomb, are expected to attend.
Caregivers who help people with developmental disabilities will be honored with the Caregiver Angels Award. In addition, 100 caregivers and people with disabilities will model clothes in the Kohl’s Caregiver Fashion Show.
The Shelby Township event is hosted by MORC, Inc., a nonprofit that provides services in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties to people with disabilities. Besides these three counties, caregivers from St. Clair, Genesee, and Lapeer counties also will attend the fashion show.
The Kohl’s fashion show is not typical in that people with disabilities and their caregivers model together. Models are selected not based on appearance but on how meaningful the experience will be to them.
“We have people who were locked away in institutions or who face extreme challenges with their disabilities who never dreamed of being in a show,” said Sue Gipperich, MORC supports coordination supervisor and host of the event.
“Caregivers and family members who model with loved ones are thrilled to see how much it means for a person to be cheered on by a crowd of over 1,000.”
Tickets cost $35 and are available by calling 248-276-8109.
MORC, Inc. is excited to announce the 3rd Annual MORC Miles for Smiles 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 10th at Independence Oaks in Clarkston. This event is intended to serve as a fund raiser to help defray the cost of dental care for the individuals we serve. Last year we raised over $6,500 for dental care. Our objective this year is to exceed that amount and we need all the support we can get!
If running/walking is not feasible for you, please help by volunteering on race day or purchase a race T-shirt for $10. If you would like to register, you can do so by going to www.runmichigan.com or complete and return the registration form with your payment. There is no cost to participate in the ¼ mile event.
MORC's Center for Positive Living Supports is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in Macomb and Oakland counties. The Center will train individuals from all walks of life, including school officials, law enforcement, health care workers, individuals in faith-based communities, families and the general public on mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.
“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community,” says Kym Juntti, Director of the Center for Positive Living Supports. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experience mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid this community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery.”
Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
Mental Health First Aid is being provided free of charge. To see available training dates and/or register for Mental Health First Aid training through the Center, visit www.positivelivingsupport.org or call 586-263-8748.