Gardening and Wood Crafts in Utica

As part of our work hardening skills, members are harvesting their very first batch of fresh vegetables that will be used in the kitchen to create delicious and healthy meals. The Utica team utilized their instruction following and responsibility of care skills by assisting and tending to the plants daily. Our gardens provide our members the chance to be hands on with their nutritional education.

Another area CMI is excelling, is our brand new woodworking program! We are using problem solving strategies, as well as our creative imagination to assemble these beautiful bird houses, picture frames, and art pieces. Stay tuned for many more to come!

Way to go CMI!

CMI Member’s Art Exhibit is a great success!

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Communicare Michigan’s members have been making some incredible art for months! On July 17th, 2019 we showcased much of this art work in our Rochester gallery. We also featured the reading of several personal essays written by a member who is also an author. Our artist members were able to tell their guests all about the meanings behind their creative choices and the detailed processes that were involved in creating such beautiful works of art. We had drawings, block prints, and screen prints in handmade frames, as well as portraits created in partnership with The Memory Project’s initiative on display. CMI members and staff partnered with The Memory Project to facilitate the artistic rendering of portraits of youth who had been orphaned due to war conflicts in Pakistan. We sent the originals to the youth and displayed copies for our exhibit. We are excited about our artistic exhibitions and are looking forward already to the next one at the end of October this year. Stay tuned for the announcement!

Busch Gardens Adventures!

We ventured to Busch Gardens Tampa for a day of animal education (Busch Gardens has a zoo in addition to rides and attractions), exercise, and fun! Community inclusion outings like this allow for our members to engage in cognitive rehab activities in a creative way, strengthening their executive function skills, organization/planning skills, and decision making skills. Our member made the choice to spend most of her time with the animals, especially her favorite, the elephants. We got up close views of hippos, lions, and primates, too! We decided to wind down the day with lunch followed by a few water rides just as the rain started back up again.

CMI Members thrive in the in Tarpon Springs, Florida program

CMI members enjoy many community inclusion activities in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs is known as the "sponge capital of the world," and for its 51 miles of waterfront allure. It’s charming downtown center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the Historic District can stroll along brick streets while browsing in art galleries, antiques stores, and specialty shops housed in buildings dating from the late 1800s.

Grow With Us!

If you plant them- they will grow! Our herb garden project at our Wellness and Nutrition program showed our members that fresh and healthy ingredients can be grown and obtained all year long, even in the brisk Michigan winter! Members were able to utilize the fresh herbs that they planted and nurtured by practicing proper plant care! This Wellness and Nutrition project was also a personal growth symbol for our members. Within all of us— we can grow in all environments!