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LGBTQ+ Support Groups

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:18pm

[|SafeHouse Center] provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. Beginning this Spring, SafeHouse will be offering support groups for those that identify as LGBTQIA who are experiencing intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault.

Some areas of focus will include:

 LGBT-specific domestic violence and sexual assault information
 Learning coping strategies
 Safety-planning (trans-friendly tool)
 Identifying healthy relationships
 Self-esteem
 Self-care

If you have other questions or would like to register for this free group, please contact Adrienne at or 734-973-0242 ext. 205. Don't forget to look through previously assembled [|Public Lists] focused towards LGBT interests. [img_assist|nid=359463|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]

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Dawn Farm's Education Series Continues...

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:05am

The public is invited to Dawn Farm’s free Educational Series. All programs are presented in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery will be presented on Tuesday April 18, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. The epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths has left bereaved families across our country and our community. This program will explain theories of grief and grief recovery related to losses that people with addiction and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and will include a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 PM pm Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study; writer of the award-winning DVD Pleasure Unwoven will present a free program on the seeming end of the drug war & rise of recovery.The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction and brain research, but the most current neuroscientific research about addiction - research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. There will also be a free reception from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

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Youth in Transition to Adulthood

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 2:38pm

If you or someone you know has a youth (ages 14-26) with either chronic, long-term illness and/or developmental disabilities, you may be interested in this support group.

Thursday, April 13th
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor

This particular group of youth who are transitioning to adulthood face many extra challenges in the realms of education, employment, medical coverage and life skills. This month's theme is Employment and Summer Job Hunting Skills! Staff will be on-hand to cover topics such as: where to look for employment, how to fill out an application, interviewing, how to dress for success, work etiquette, disability rights on the job, and more! AADL has many online resources that can be found in our Job Search Toolkit.

Please send your RSVP to Cynthia Barcome at or call 734.544.6874

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Preschool Registration through the WISD

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:01pm

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open for all preschool programs at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District! Children who attend a high quality program in the year or two before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially, and emotionally.

Be sure to visit the JUMP page for a full schedule of baby playgroups and preschool story times and kid friendly events all year long! These AADL programs are always free and open to anyone.

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:41am


The [|Dawn Farms Education Series], "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" meets again this month. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, April 4th (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, April 11th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of [|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or or see the link to [|Dawn Farm] for further information.

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Need a Picture ID?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:26am


If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a [|Washtenaw County ID Card]. Applicants must appear in person at the [|Washtenaw County Vital Records Division]. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on [|Facebook] to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a [|card] in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

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Support for Young Parents or Parents-to-Be

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:33pm

The [|Corner Health Center] offers support to young people, including parents or parents-to-be in a variety of ways. Here are some groups they offer that may be of interest to you or someone you know!

Mom Power:
A parenting group for young adults and their children

Who: Moms (under age 26) and their kids ages 0-6
What: A 10-week parenting program
Where: The Corner Health Center, 47 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti
When: Wednesdays April 19th-June 21st 4:30-7:15 pm

Meal and childcare are provided for each session. Participants earn points for the store at each session.

If interested, please contact Nicole Neverman at (734) 714-2226 or


[|SOAR Mentoring Program]:
A source of connection, support, and encouragement for new and expecting moms

Who: Parents who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 1
What: A mom support group and mentoring program
Where: The Corner Health Center
When: Regular monthly group meetings and weekly contact w/ mentor in person or via email, texting, or phone

Meal, child care, transportation, and $20 stipend is provided for each monthly session. Also, we’re always on the look-out for high quality mentors ☺

If interested, please contact Nicole Neverman at (734) 714-2226 or

[|Safe Baby Class]:

Who: Expecting moms (under age 26)
What: A 2-hour class on car seat safety and safe sleep
Where: The Corner Health Center
When: 1st Tuesday of each month from 1-3:30 pm

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Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:30am

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The [|Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club] has over 25 Drop-Off Locations through out the county. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or [| regular sunglasses]! Protecting one's eyes from harmful rays can prevent cataracts, which is a major cause of blindness in the world. You can learn about the science of glaucoma & other eye diseases by listening to or viewing this [| video] that was taped here last year.

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Power Outage Warming Centers

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 2:58pm

[img_assist|nid=357110|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Given the number of residents without power and lows reaching -1* with windchill on Friday, three warming centers will open in Washtenaw County.

The Red Cross will have two overnight centers:

· [|Washtenaw International High School:] 510 Emerick St. in Ypsilanti

· [|Bates Elementary School:] 2704 Baker Road in Dexter

Lincoln Consolidated Schools will open a daytime and overnight warming center:

· Lincoln High School, 7425 Willis Road in Augusta Township

The school is offering bathroom facilities, running water and shower facilities, and meals to residents in need. Aramark is serving a free meal at 6 p.m. Friday. Showers are available at 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. People must bring their own towels and toiletries. Anyone wishing to sleep at the high school must be there by 10:30 p.m. and leave by 9 a.m. Saturday. The Red Cross is providing cots and blankets. Additional site guidelines for Lincoln are listed here at the [|schools website.]

To learn more about local emergency shelters, contact the [|Red Cross.]

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FestiFools and AADL: Something New!

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:11am

[img_assist|nid=357643|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]Our fellow robots, the time has come to change things up and we at AADL are retiring our robot suits for something new. We want to help keep things fresh for [|FestiFools] fans! This year AADL is hosting [|multiple building workshops] for ALL AGES to help us make two community puppets, and for you to make your own costumes or instruments for the big [|FestiFools] event on Sunday, April 9.

This year we are bringing a big, bright, yellow sun puppet to join in whatever fun the official [|FestiFools] organizers have planned for Ann Arbor! We’ll accompany our GIANT sun on Main Street with all of us decked out in our brightest sunniest YELLOW costumes as we march to fantastic beats. Onlookers will see so much YELLOW parading down Main Street! (Robots are always welcome at [|FestiFools], AADL just isn't hosting workshops to make them.)

We will have opportunities to papier–mâché, paint fabric, make a sunshiney costume with capes and masks, make a drum, and more. We are SO excited to have you join us in helping make [|FestiFools] even more foolish and bright this year!

[|Festifools Workshop: Community Puppet Building] Sunday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00
All ages will work together to help make a GIANT sun puppet that we’ll all march down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! It will march alongside a mysterious surprise creature that you will help create in bits and pieces. While you won’t be making your own puppet at this workshop, you’ll have a chance to work together to be a part of something BIGGER that all will see.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Costume Making] Sunday, March 26 from 1:00-3:00
Create your own costume to be worn while marching down Main St. at the BIG FestiFools event on Sunday, April 9! We are bringing a GIANT sun puppet to FestiFools and we need you to be the yellow rays to go with it. We’ll have supplies for capes, wings, hats, masks, and more – many golden yellow supplies to help make us into bright glowing orbs.

[|FestiFools Workshop: Make Instruments with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:00-2:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will help us make simple percussive instruments.
Meet back up with us on April 9 at the BIG FestiFools event ready to march along playing your instrument while wearing the most yellow sunshiny costume you can come up with. Picture a GIANT yellow sun with many marching alongside beaming with gold and playing music.

[|FestiFools Workshop: March with Drummunity] Sunday, April 2 from 2:15-3:00
Lori Fithian of Drummunity will lead us in making the most of our unique musical instruments, getting us in the FestiFools spirit with a mini march.
Bring your own instrument or come to the instrument-making workshop right before this. Then meet back up with us on April 9 ready to march along in the BIG FestiFools event, playing your instrument while wearing the most foolish yellow costume you can come up with.

[|Meet Up and March Over to FestiFools!] Sunday, April 9 at 3:30pm
Calling all fools! Meet us in the lobby in your most foolish costumes ready to march over to Main Street and join in the FestiFools fun from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. We library fools are all wearing yellow to surround the sun! So dress in yellow, dress in costume, be silly, and bring your instruments! Get ready to make some noise and spread some cheer in downtown Ann Arbor!