305 Barclay Circle; Suite 1001
Rochester, MI 48307
T: (248) 289-6278
F: (248) 289-6527
Starting Point opened its doors on June 18, 2007, but there was much time and effort that went into getting the doors open. This is a history of Starting Point and homage to the parents who had a vision for their children and followed this process to its successful end. These parent advocates continue to be involved with a parents group that meets here every month, as well as being in constant contact with the director here.
Starting Point began as a vision, a need recognized by parents whose children were exiting the school system. These parents were becoming frantic about what their children could do in order to have a meaningful day. They began to meet after work in each other’s living rooms to discuss what they could do to develop a program which would ensure the atmosphere and activities they desired for their loved ones. When speaking of this type of program, the catch phrase they used was “meaningful community”.
The visions for this program were so intense in the parents mind that they formed a support group that worked very closely with MORC, as well as the Life Skills Centers, Inc. Executive Director, Mr. Dale Wagner. Starting Point opened with 7 consumers. By the end of the first year the year the number of consumers had doubled. We now serve over 28 consumers.
Starting Point consumers interact with their community through a multitude of volunteer sites that include Animal Welfare Society, OPC (Older Persons Commission) Rochester Public Library, First Congressional Church, St. Luke’s Church, Meals on Wheels, and The Michigan Humane Society, and several others. We also have two enclave job sites where some of our folks successfully earn a pay check each week. This allows them to understand the value of a dollar and we work on planning budgets and making their money last.of meaningful community experiences offered daily.
Starting Point has had several fund raisers which include a hot dog fundraiser and making and decorating wine bottles that were purchased as gifts for family members. We raised over $700. This allowed us to buy a big screen TV we use for sign language lessons and other various viewings. The parent group “Starting Point Partners” also has fund raisers to support us, most recently, a Chili’s Fundraiser. The proceeds purchased us a WII game system that we use for interactive exercise and games.
From the parents and Caregivers, to the staff that serve the needs of those who attend, Starting Point is a warm and wonderful place to go where everyone has friends and there is a spirit of love and kindness. It’s a very nice feeling to know when our folks leave here at the end of the day, their day was meaningful, as well as fun and geared to their individual needs. Starting Point strives for choice based meaningful community experiences, with lasting friendships.