Dear Representative,

“It could happen to anyone. It happened to us.”

This week, Communicare took part in writing personal letters to our state lawmakers. We wanted to make sure that our members voices and stories were heard loud and clear! We are also sending these letters to thank the representatives who voted NO on the passing of this bill, in efforts to keep Auto No-Fault!

It is very important to continue the fight for the right to recover for all auto accidents victims past, present, and future, and for organizations like ours to get them the care that they need.

Please join us in this effort, by calling, writing, or emailing your lawmakers who voted on PA 21 & 22, because the passing of this bill does nothing but offer the hollow promise of lowering auto insurance rates at the true cost of dismantling the needed coverage Michigan once had.

Going The Distance For Michigan Auto Insurance Promise!

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On Monday, September 23rd, 2019, our very own Kristen Husted McCoy joined alongside, Julie Bise, on an impressive journey from Clarkston to Lansing on foot. That’s right, these two women walked a total of 62 miles in just 48 hours.

This all came into fruition from Julie Bise honoring her mother’s efforts to fight for those injured in car accidents to get the right care needed to recover.

Julie’s Mother - “Fancy Nancy”

Julie’s Mother - “Fancy Nancy”

“I’m walking 62 miles in honor of my mother. If she could spend endless hours in a wheelchair sitting in front of the Capitol, I can walk 62 miles to help build awareness,” Julie stated.

With the proposed changes that our Governor wants to introduce, victims of tragedy will face devastating changes with their care. Bringing awareness to this major issue is what this walk is all about.

These two ladies were joined by many supporters along the way who believe in the “Right to Recover!” and are fighting to “Fix the Fix!” They showed their support in many ways, whether it was by walking a portion of the way, volunteering at a checkpoint, or riding alongside the walkers and cheering them on!

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On the morning of September 23rd, there was a send-off ceremony organized, where Robert Raitt from Michigan Auto Law started with a motivating and heartfelt speech. He was then followed by John Prosser who sent the walkers off with a prayer. They made their way through each checkpoint, where volunteers gathered to bring them food, water, and anything they needed along the way. The walkers traveled just over 30 miles, all the way to Byron, MI the first night. They then rested for what the next day would bring.

Tuesday, September 24th, Day 2, was the home stretch to the Capital. They finished with just over 32 miles and managed to complete the journey in high spirits, feeling accomplished and ready for the Michigan Insurance Promise Rally that would take place Wednesday, September, 25th.

This powerful image was taken and posted by CPAN. This took place after the rally to leave a lasting impression on the front lawn of the Capital to our state legislators.

This powerful image was taken and posted by CPAN. This took place after the rally to leave a lasting impression on the front lawn of the Capital to our state legislators.

This rally brought together over 3,000 people in the industry. Together we made a difference on the steps of the Capital. Our voices were heard, our stories were told, and we made a step in the right direction to bringing back the Auto No-Fault we once had.

The rally may have ended, but the right amount of care for these victims should have never ended.

Watch the video below to see how this inspirational walk lead up to an amazing turn out at the Michigan Insurance Promise Rally, and to see what a difference we can all make when we come together to fight to FIX THE FIX!

Shop With Us!

Communicare Michigan now has an online ETSY store that features many of our hand crafted, one of a kind art works for sale. All of the proceeds are used to benefit more creative expressions and activities being completed in the art studio by our very talented CMI members.

Visit our store called Communicare on Canvas here!

Support your local members and those who are working hard to recover from trauma so they will be able to successfully reintegrate into the community and feel welcomed.

Much of our work can be custom created. Please inquire if you are interested in specific sizes, prints, and colors for your purchase.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the things we have…..

CMI Proudly Participates in "The Memory Project"

About 3 months ago, we found out about an amazing program called The Memory Project, and we instantly knew we had to be a part of it.

The Memory Project brings awareness, friendships, and kindness from one culture to another through art. Molly, our Art Therapist, lead us in creating these beautiful portraits that would soon be delivered to a group of orphaned children in Pakistan. Our drawings and paintings, along with three thousand other artist’s, were joined in this effort to bring a smile to the faces of these children. Not only does this create a beautiful memory for the children, but for our team here at CMI as well.

Click the link below to see a video that shows a little more of what we are so proud to have been a part of!

https://vimeo.com/memoryproject/pakistan19

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.