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Please go to the "Youth Programs" page and the "Summer Camps" page (connected to the first page) for camp resources for disabled children AND adults!

This page was last updated: April 19, 2015
Please click on this link to be taken to the "Helper Animals" Resource Page!
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Social Security Now has Online Services Available!

Website:  www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount
People age 18 and older who are NOT receiving benefits can sign up for a My Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security statement (rather than having to wait to receive one once a year as was previously done).  The online Statement provides eligible workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their possible disability and/or retirement.  In addition, the portal also includes links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare. 


VETERANS

We’re excited to announce a new resource for the SOAR community to help end Veteran homelessness by 2015. Increasing access to SSI/SSDI is a critical step to achieving income and housing stability for Veterans who have disabling conditions. Using the SOAR model, Veterans are able to access Social Security disability benefits in an average of three months, which opens up new housing opportunities and reduces their future risk of homelessness. Additionally, access to Medicaid and Medicare through Social Security disability benefits leads to better health outcomes for Veterans experiencing or at-risk for homelessness.

We encourage you to connect with your local VA and Veterans Service Organizations to expand SOAR outreach to Veterans. We are available to answer any questions and help
you foster these relationships.  For more information, go to http://soarworks.prainc.com.



NICE TO KNOW! 

Did you know there is a "Medical Alert Restroom Access Required" card you can get?
This card is associated with Ally's Law, a law that has been passed in 12 states so far,
and is for people with illnesses such as Crohn's, IBS, Colitis, etc. The law states that people
with these illnesses cannot be denied access to a restroom, even if the restroom is not for public use, for employees only, etc.  Just wanted to spread the word for those of you who might be affected and don't know about this law or this card.  Website:  www.myIBD.org


National Resource Directory
Learn more about the FREE assistive technology available to wounded warriors and disabled veterans through the Computer / Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). You can access more information about CAP directly from the NRD:
https://www.nrd.gov/viewResource?id=12745252



HANDICAPPED RAMPS and OTHER MAJOR INSTALLED EQUIPMENT :

The QuickRamps for Kids Program                   JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
Phone Number: 800-827-4843  OR 248-557-5070
Website: http://quickrampsforkids.org
All applicants must be under age 18. Must have Cerebral Palsy or paralysis-causing condition. The QuickRamps for Kids program provides free portable wheelchair ramps
to families of children who experience Cerebral Palsy and other paralysis-causing conditions. QuickRamps are a fast and inexpensive alternative to permanent ramps. Best of all, they give a child immediate access to their community.  Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties only!


Office of Community Development Accessibility Ramp Program     JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
110 N. Fourth Ave., Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone Number: 734-622-9036 OR  734-622-9013
Free construction and installation of exterior aluminum access RAMPS.
Washtenaw County residents only, income requirements.


PROJECT FREEDOM                  JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
500 Temple Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 734-240-2565  OR 810-632-0596
Website: www.projectfreedommi.org
Lends overhead home lifts to Michigan residents with limited mobility who do not have insurance or assets to pay for a lift system. Referral helpful.
Open to ALL  Michigan Counties!


Easter Seals Michigan AgrAbility  JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
4065 Saladin Drive S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 1-800-956-4106
Email Address: NStoller@essmichigan.org
Website: www.michiganagrability.org
ESM-AgrAbility staff helps farm operations adjust to and manage disabling conditions,
such as, arthritis, chronic back pain, joint injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries,
hearing loss and any other condition that may limit a farmer’s ability to work. Information
and referral services and farm-site assessments are offered at no cost to the farmer.
The cost of new equipment or modifications made to old equipment, the farm operation,
or the farm home is typically covered through the state via Michigan Rehabilitation Services.
ESM-AgrAbility staff will help the farmer navigate the state system to access these supporting funds.  Please click on the website link for more information.
Open to All Michigan Counties and Farmers With Disabilities.


Binson's Home Health Care Centers NFL Former Players Medical Equipment Loan Closet
Phone: 586-755-2300
Website: www.binsons.com/pdf/NFL_Loan_Closet_Letter.pdf
James Binson, and the staff at Binson's Home Health Care Centers are pleased to announce a partnership with retired NFL players supplying them with much needed medical equipment by way of a Loan Closet. Open to ALL  Michigan Counties!  NFL former players. You will need a valid state ID, valid NFL Former Players Union Identification Card or NFL Alumni card


Lenawee Department on Aging JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
1040 S. Winter St.; Suite #3003
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-264-5280
Website: www.lenaweeseniors.org
Project Ramp - sliding scale fee based on income. Lenawee County residents ONLY.


City of Troy Senior Citizen Program        JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
3179 Livernois
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-524-3484
Website: www.troymi.gov/PlayHere/Community/SeniorCitizenProgram/InformationAndServices.aspx
PORTABLE RAMPS (maximum height one step), as well as other medical equipment at the Troy Community Center. Call ahead to confirm availability.


ALS of Michigan                   JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Wheelchair Ramps,  Hoyer Lifts, as well as other medical equipment etc.  There is no charge for ALS and PLS patients to borrow equipment. Equipment may be borrowed for as long as needed.   ALS and PLS patients ONLY--ALL Michigan Counties!


United Way of Monroe                JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
216 N Monroe St.
Monroe, MI 48162
Phone: 734-242-1331
Website: www.monroeuw.org
Monroe County residents ONLY. Must qualify for the Dept. Of Human Services Asst. Emergency Relief.  Builds barrier-free RAMPS for those residents of Monroe County
in need.


Senior Citizen Chore Services / Home Injury Control             JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
21885 Dunham Road
VerKuilen Building, Suite #6
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone : 586-469-5228
Email: mccsa@macombgov.org
MCCSA installs temporary modular aluminum ramps on a short-term basis for senior citizens needing wheelchairs. There is a nominal monthly lease fee. When the ramps are no longer needed, they are removed and used for new clients. The number of ramps is limited; a waiting list is maintained for this project.   Seniors 60+ and must be a Macomb County Resident.


Paralyzed Veterans of America / Michigan Chapter        JUST ADDED 4/7/2015
40550 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48375 USA
Phone: 800-638-6782
Website: www.michiganpva.org
Equipment Program focuses on the needs of people with spinal cord injury or disease.
We may have donations of hoists, lifts, and other items that help people who cannot easily move. You may keep the equipment as long as necessary
Anyone in need is eligible in ALL Michigan counties.



LOAN CLOSET RESOURCES:

Great Lakes Loan Closets / Michigan Loan Closets
Email: janice@MichiganLoanClosets.us
Website:  www.MichiganLoanClosets.us
The website directory lists loan closets (and some ramp programs) by county.  Information
is updated continually.  The website was created to help people in need, or someone acting on their behalf, quickly find the equipment they need.


NOTE:   Also call the following organizations in YOUR area as many have Loan Closets too! 
City Hall / Recreation Department / Senior Center / Churches / VFW's / American Legions /
Local Hospitals, etc.



IN-HOME CARE FOR THE DISABLED AND/OR ELDERLY

The Information Center
20500 Eureka Rd.  #110
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone: 734-282-7171
Email:  info@infocenter.info
Website:  www.infocenter.info
Those who are eligible for Medicaid or are elderly or disabled, may qualify for assistance in receiving long-term in-home care. The Information Center is a certified MI Choice Medicaid Waiver agent. The program is an option for eligible people to receive long-term care services in their home, such as homemaking, personal care, meals and more. It is available statewide to the elderly, ages 65 and older, or the physically disable, ages 18 and older. Financial and medical eligibility requirements must be met. Gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,130.


Community Living Services, Inc.  (CLS)    
35425 Michigan Avenue
Wayne,  MI  48184
Phone:  734-467-7600  OR  866-381-7600
Website: www.comlivserv.com
Offers a wide variety of services that promotes health and well-being for older adults and adults with disabilities by providing community based in-home support services such as
In-home Care.  Also has the Nursing Facility Transition Program and Adult Day Care Services.


Lutheran Social Services of Michigan       
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
Phone: 313-823-7700
Email:  info@lssm.org
Website:  www.lssm.org
Provides home care services to people of all ages living in their own homes as well
as statewide counseling on medical and non-medical home care services. Also provides subsidized apartments for seniors and persons with disabilities. Also operates senior
& nursing homes.



DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT  RESOURCES:

GOALS Vocational Training Program  (Growing Our Achievements for Life Success)
Phone:  734-331-0041
Email:  GOALSpccs@gmail.com
Website:  www.GOALspccs.com
The GOALS Program is a vocational and life skill-based training program for young adults between the ages of 18-26. The program is based in downtown Plymouth, that serves young adults from Plymouth, Canton and Northville. The program helps student explore as well as build skills in Employment, Recreation Leisure, Post-Secondary Education, and Community Participation, to become successful members of their community.


AARP Foundation / SCSEP
15100 Northline  Room #157
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone: 734-281-2470
Website:  www.aarp.org/foundation
Senior Community Service Employment Program is a work-training program for persons
55 and over under Title V of the Older Americans Act.




HELPFUL AGENCIES & THEIR SERVICES!


METRO DETROIT & DETROIT

American Red Cross--Lifeline Program
100 Mack Ave.
PO Box 44110
Detroit, MI  48244
Phone: 313-680-9933
Website:  www.semredcross.org
One of the programs offered is Philips Lifeline, a personal medical alert program
designed to help people live safe and independently in their own homes.  Assistance
is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


ALS of Michigan   ("Lou Gehrig's Disease")
24359 Northwestern Hwy.  #100
Southfield, MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work. 


Adult Well-Being Services
1423 Field Street
Detroit, MI  48214
Phone: 313-924-7860
Website:  www.awbs.org
Community-based nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services to older
adults, adults with developmental disabilities and their families in S.E. Michigan.




LENAWEE COUNTY

ALS of Michigan   ("Lou Gehrig's Disease")
24359 Northwestern Hwy.  #100
Southfield MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work. 



MACOMB COUNTY

ALS of Michigan, Inc.        
24359 Northwestern Hwy.,  Suite 100
Southfield  MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work. 


Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
Phone: 248-359-8960 OR  586-84160
• Do you need assistance in becoming financially self-sufficient and independent?
• Need support in gaining access to needed human services?
• Need help working with multiple agencies?
Then DNOM Disability Guide Program is for you!
This program offers assistance to SSI Youth and Families, SDA Recipients and SSI
new Adult Beneficiaries and their families at the front-end by identifying and removing barriers early, so they can access and navigate state systems, including public assistance and other needed services, to become financially self-sufficient. All persons with a disability will be assigned a Disability Guide that will provide movement toward a seamless system
of accessing assistance with personalized supports.



MONROE COUNTY

Comprehensive Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
98 Winchester Street
Monroe MI  48161
Phone: 734-241-7011
Website:  www.csdd.org
CSDD offers a variety of services for persons residing in S.E. Michigan with physical
and developmental disabilities including traumatic brain injury.  Also offers program
options for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.


Friends Who Care
15268 S. Dixie Hwy.,  Suite 101
Monroe MI  48161
Phone: 734-240-0520
Nursing, personal care, homemaking and respite care.


Monroe Community Opportunity Program (MCOP)
1140 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe MI  48161
Phone: 734-241-2775
Website:  www.monroecountyop.org
Home Chore:  Assists those 60 or older with home maintenance tasks that include
lawn mowing, cleaning, gutters, minor carpentry, shoveling snow, minor electrical,
plumbing repairs and installing storm windows and air conditioners to improve safety
inside and outside
AND
Home Injury Control:  includes shower chairs, grab bars, bathtub rails, toilet seat risers
and rails, smoke alarms, hand-held showers, safe lighting and non-skid surfacing.
AND
Resource Advocacy: Community Resource Handbook distribution / Medicare D
enrollment / Tax credits / Medicaid & Medicare application /Senior fuel and unmet
emergency needs
AND
Senior Emergency Utility Services:  Assistance is available for those 60 and older
with current gas, propane or electric bills during a time of hardship.
AND
Temporary Ramp Program: Temporary portable aluminum ramps to those age 60
and older.  Monthly lease according to household income. 
AND
Transportation:  Provides reliable transportation to non-emergency medical appointments and treatments for senior and non-senior Monroe County residents with disabilities for chronic medical conditions.  Available throughout S.E. Michigan and Toledo with one-week notice preferred.


ALS of Michigan, Inc.        
24359 Northwestern Hwy.,  Suite 100
Southfield  MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work. 



OAKLAND COUNTY

ALS of Michigan, Inc.        
24359 Northwestern Hwy.,  Suite 100
Southfield  MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work. 


Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
Phone: 248-359-8960 OR  586-84160
• Do you need assistance in becoming financially self-sufficient and independent?
• Need support in gaining access to needed human services?
• Need help working with multiple agencies?
Then DNOM Disability Guide Program is for you!
This program offers assistance to SSI Youth and Families, SDA Recipients and SSI
new Adult Beneficiaries and their families at the front-end by identifying and removing barriers early, so they can access and navigate state systems, including public assistance and other needed services, to become financially self-sufficient. All persons with a disability will be assigned a Disability Guide that will provide movement toward a seamless system
of accessing assistance with personalized supports.



WASHTENAW COUNTY

ALS of Michigan, Inc.        
24359 Northwestern Hwy.,  Suite 100
Southfield  MI  48075
Phone:  800-882-5764
Website: www.alsofmichigan.org
Resources for individuals and families dealing with ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Support groups, equipment loan closet, Respite Care, social work.