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May 30, 2003 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-30

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Federal Funding

JARC wins federal grant to provide clients with mental health support service.

.S. Rep. Joseph Knollenberg,
R-Bloomfield Hills, announced
the first federal grant funding
for JARC, a nonprofit organization
that serves people with disabilities and
their families.
Knollenberg made the announce-
ment on May 18 at the dedication cer-
emony of JARC's newest group home,
the Jack and Evelyn Schreier Home in
Farmington Hills, one of 20 such
facilities owned and operated by JARC
in Oakland County.
The $500,000 grant will be used to
provide mental health support services
and long-term case management for

unserved and under-
served adults with
developmental dis-
abilities who, without
support, are at high
risk of exploitation,
homelessness, hospi-
talization, encounters
with law enforcement
and even jail.
JARC provides group homes and
independent living services, case man-
agement and skill training for adults,
along with respite care and advocacy
for families with children with any

Knollenberg and
JARC Executive
Director Joyce Keller
had many discussions
about the needs of
people with disabili-
ties. "She's helped me
learn about people at
risk because they have
little or no public
funding for what they need," he said.
"When our government helps an
organization like JARC, they're in real-
ity helping the entire community."
Recently, as Michigan's economy has
floundered, funding for many individ-

uals with developmental disabilities
has been reduced or eliminated.
Without this critical federal funding,
continued services to those served by
JARC in this population would be in
serious jeopardy.
"It's heartening to see our govern-
ment place a high priority on the criti-
cal issue of people with developmental
disabilities," Keller said.
JARC, based in Farmington Hills,
provides group homes and independ-
ent living services, case management
and skill training for adults, plus
respite care and advocacy for families
with children with any disability. ❑

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