The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) is the premier resource for providing services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in southeast Michigan.
Up to 1,200 caregivers from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Genesee and Lapeer counties are expected to attend what will once again be the Detroit area’s biggest caregiver appreciation day and the biggest fashion show of the year. The 33rd Annual MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, expected to be a sell-out, will be on Thursday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township.
The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORC) will honor caregivers who help people with developmental disabilities with the MORC Angels Awards and with 100 caregivers and people with disabilities modeling in the MORC Kohl’s Caregiver Fashion Show. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel will speak and the Mike Leslie Band will perform. MORC is a nonprofit human services agency based in Auburn Hills, Clinton Township and Livonia.
“It is not your run-of-the-mill show and not your deadpan expressionless models!” said Maggie Lewis with Kohl’s Cares for Kids at Kohl’s in Rochester Hills, sponsor of the show for the sixth year. “There’s more screaming, cheering, laughing and smiling than you’ll see at any event ever.”
Kohl’s will again donate nearly $15,000 in clothes to the models, while Kohl’s staff will volunteer at the event. Kohl’s in Rochester Hills continues to be one of the top Kohl’s stores in the nation in community service.
The MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day, at 33 years, is believed to be the longest-running and largest appreciation day in the country. It traditionally honors the some 8,000 caregivers employed by the MORC system of over 100 nonprofits, as well as several thousand family caregivers, such as parents, siblings and relatives.
Tickets, at $35, are available by calling MORC at (248) 276-8109. Sponsors and donors can call MORC at (586) 263-8757.
MORC is pleased to announce that it's next Navigating the System seminar, entitled, "Sensory Processing Overview and Ask the Expert," will take place on Friday, May 8 from 10 am to Noon at our MORC Auburn Hills Office at 1270 Doris Road in Auburn Hills.
This presentation is for those with a basic understanding of sensory processing issues and will:
The presenter is Marty Zonca-Farrand. Farrand is an Occupational Therapist that specializes in the use of sensory processing activities for the treatment of challenging behaviors. She works for Genesee Community Mental Health Services serving developmentally disabled, traumatized and mentally ill children and adults. She is also a consultant for Livingston County Community Mental Health and a member of the Michigan Department of Community Health’s virtual consulting team for clients with severe challenging behaviors.
The seminar is offered free of charge. Registration is kindly requested but not required. To register, call 248-276-8145. Light refreshments will be served.
MORC is pleased to release its 2014 Annual Report. Click on the icon below to read it. If you would like a hard copy of the report mailed to you, please call 586-263-8701.