Breaking Barriers Today Outing

Breaking Barriers Today Outing pictured at Lugnuts stadium with Big Lug the team mascot

Breaking Barriers Today Outing!

On a warm, sunny day the participants of Helping Hands Respite Care’s youth and young adult activity program, Breaking Barriers Today, experienced the excitement of going to a professional baseball game.

You might remember these old baseball lyrics:

Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack. I don’t care if I never go back. For its root, root, root for the cubbies. If they don’t win it’s a shame. For its one, two, three strikes, you’re out at the old ballgame!”

Or, perhaps you recall the fun of doing the wave or beach ball toss in the crowd at a baseball game or waiting with excitement to see the mascot and players take the field.

Breaking Barriers Today joined Lansing Parks and Recreation along with other organizations such as CMH, CADSA to hang out at Cooley Law Baseball Stadium.  The Lansing Lugnuts played against the Bowling Green Hot Rods with a final score of 4-2. Lugnuts took the win!

Before the game, our “kids” from Breaking Barriers Today and Lansing Parks & Recreation participated in a parade on the baseball field and met with Big Lug, the Lugnut team mascot, on home plate! Everyone came home happy and also tired, but we all enjoyed our time and meeting up with other friends at the ballgame.  All in all, it was an exciting day for the whole group; especially with this being something that has never been done in the history of Breaking Barriers Today or After School Program.

Good game, good day, with good friends!

The Ability Experience Visits Helping Hands Respite Care

Ability Experience Riders raising funds for Helping Hands Respite Care

Karl Ochs is a member of Pi Kappa Phi at Michigan State University and has been a volunteer for the last year at Helping Hands Respite Care’s Adult Day Center. This summer, he is riding across the country with other fraternity members from the west coast to Washington D.C. to raise money for people with disabilities through the fraternity’s nonprofit, The Ability Experience.

Helping Hands Hosts The Ability Experience with a Summer Picnic

They will be making a friendship visit at Helping Hands Respite Care’s Adult Day facility at 201 Hillside Court East Lansing on Sunday July 26th at approximately 12:30 pm. They will stop for food and to rest, with plans to be back on the road by 3:00 Come have a summer picnic with the Ability Experience team of bike riderspm. In honor of their fundraising ride, Helping Hands Respite Care will be having a picnic for all of our families. The Center will be open (at no charge to the participants and all other clients we serve) from 11:00AM to 3:00PM on Sunday, July 26th. Please come down and enjoy food, fun, and games. Meet the cyclists and wish them well as they continue on their journey to Washington D.C. For more information or to RSVP for this fun event please call the office at 517-372-6671.
Clients, family, staff, sponsors, and donors are all welcome. City dignitaries (Mayor Nathan Triplett and staff) will be invited. The East Lansing Farmers market will be in full swing right next door to our party; explore all the goodies – fresh fruits, vegetables and meats available.

Helping Hands Volunteer Karl Ochs is a rider on the Ability Experience to raise funds for Helping Hands Respite Care
Karl Ochs, Helping Hands Respite Care Volunteer

Remember these men are riding to raise funds to support families with disabilities; so, come out enjoy a picnic meal courtesy of Helping Hands Respite Care and show your support for the whole crew, and our local volunteer Karl Ochs.

Family Caregiver Respite Education Project

Daughter, a family caregiver taking care of aging parent who is sitting in a wheel chair with a big pillow.

With the help of a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Helping Hands Respite Care is pleased to announce the creation of the Family Caregiver Respite Education Project. The grant of $35,000 comes from the Health Innovations Grant fund. A fund established to encourage one-time grants designed to target innovations in the delivery of health services, which could be replicated in a subsequent year with the goal of expanding geographically.

Family Caregiver Respite Education Project – Awareness Campaign

The grant allows Helping Hands Respite Care create an awareness campaign which will occur over a 9 month period. The name of the campaign is The Family Caregiver Respite Education Project. The focus of the campaign is to educate on the importance of respite for family/primary caregivers.

The elements of the campaign include:

  • A series of 6 informative videos targeted to the family, friends and neighbors of family caregivers;
  • A series of 4 quarterly information events to be held at our administrative offices;
  • Collateral material in the form of brochures which support the themes presented in the videos;
  • 6 30 second public service announcements for distribution to local media
  • Speaking opportunities to local service clubs;
  • A paid 52 week social media marketing campaign
  • A benchmark awareness research project with MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPSR)

This campaign will fulfill Helping Hand’s mission to establish itself as a leader in the area and the state as a trusted resource on the issue of respite care.

It is exciting to have the resources from the State of Michigan to make this important initiative happen and to have it come along at just the right time.