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Release: New LifeWays Provider, CLUBLIFE, Provides Social Enrichment for Adults with Disabilities

April 23, 2019

Fulfilling one of the Jackson County Mental Health Millage promises, LifeWays added a new provider of day services for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. CLUBLIFE’s goal is to establish a series of programs and activities that support individuals with disabilities, while creating an environment where participants can discover new potentials, increase self-confidence through lessons, and be engaged through community outings and enrichment activities. CLUBLIFE'S first event, Social Club @ The Hub, Friday, April 26, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 1825 Spring Arbor Rd, Jackson, MI 49203, allowed the public to meet and greet CLUBLIFE staff, enjoy some pizza, basketball, video games and socializing with new friends.

CLUBLIFE was derived from Life Skills Summer Camp that has served adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jackson County for the past 7 years. David McKnight and Lindsey Psychas continued to foster relationships with participants and their families. “Through the positive relationships and interactions at Life Skills Summer Camp, we saw a need in Jackson County for programming like the camp, but all year round,” said David McKnight, CLUBLIFE President. “Having taught adults 18 to 26 years old with developmental disabilities, we saw the need for opportunities for social enrichment and recreation programming after exiting the school system.”

Clublife Team poses for photo at Open House

 

Through consumer surveys, LifeWays found that 65% of people with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability are spending 98% of their time in their homes and 76% would like to see more activities and programs. “We are proud to support social skill development and community integration for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by expanding on a grassroots program, like CLUBLIFE, in Jackson County,” says Maribeth Leonard, LifeWays CEO.

“We have a strong belief that when our community comes together, everyone benefits,” says Lindsey Psychas, CLUBLIFE Director of Programming. “We’re challenging the way things are done and creating strategic partnerships throughout the Jackson Community that will promote growth and longevity to provide the best opportunities possible for our residents.”

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LifeWays Community Mental Health

LifeWays Community Mental Health provides mental health support, information, and services to residents of Jackson and Hillsdale counties. LifeWays ensures that all county residents who have a severe mental illness, emotional disturbance, intellectual or developmental disability, or substance use disorder receive the services they need to assist them in recovery. For more information, visit LifeWaysCMH.org. Hope and help begin at LifeWays Community Mental Health.

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