MIDLAND, MI – Midland County ESA received a $45,235 grant from The Midland Area Community Foundation. In collaboration with its partners, MidMichigan Health and Community Mental Health for Central Michigan, Midland County ESA will use the grant funds to design, purchase, and install an adaptive playground for the Pediatric Center for Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health located at 32 S. Homer Road.
Children at the Pediatric Center receive evaluations, educational support and therapeutic services such as speech-language, occupational and physical therapies as well as applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Additionally, ongoing professional and parent trainings are provided through the work of the center and its partnership with Community Mental Health for Central Michigan, MidMichigan Health, Saginaw Valley State University and Central Michigan University. The Pediatric Center provides a single-entry point to much needed evidence-based educational, medical, behavioral and therapeutic interventions and services. All of the clinic services are multi-agency and collaborative in nature which makes this clinic truly unique.
This will be the first truly adaptive playground available in Midland County and will represent a significant asset to children receiving services at the clinic as well as to the community of Homer Township. There are approximately 4,000 individuals in the Homer Township Community. All of these children and families will have access to a one-of-a-kind adaptive playground.
The collaborative partners at the Pediatric Center are deeply grateful to the support and work of the Midland Kiwanis who have developed a vision for the scope and layout of the adaptive playground. They also established an Angel Fund through the Midland Community Foundation for parties that are interested in making a donation to the project. The direct link to the Kiwanis’ established Angel Fund is available here. The Pediatric Center partners are also grateful for the support of The Big Give and to the Midland Community Foundation for their significant contributions to the adaptive playground. The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.