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On My Own of Michigan, Inc. assists adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to become independent, self-sufficient, social and contributing citizens in their communities. Our members have intellectual developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities. It is the goal of On My Own to assist each member to achieve their optimal level of functioning in independent living; in the workplace; with their family and friends; and within their community.

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Events

On My Own of Michigan hosts four major fundraising events each year. We celebrate the accomplishments of our members at the Annual Banquet. The Family Fun Bowl is one of our most popular events – an afternoon of Family, Fun, and Bowling (pretty creative name don’t you think?). At the Golf Outing, we…golf! And in the fall, the parents throw a party that we call the Gala! At all our events, we raise money which provides our members with the supports and services they need to live independently.

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Success Stories

Our program is designed to help our members develop and practice social interaction skills and increase opportunities for social network development. In other words…we provide support and opportunities for members to gain confidence, learn necessary life skills for living on their own, and make friends! When given the opportunity, experience and appropriate supports, our members succeed in these areas far beyond what almost everyone expected they could achieve.

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News and Updates

State of OMO Address

July 19, 2018

State of OMO Address
An opportunity to learn more about the future of On My Own

Please join the staff of On My Own of Michigan as we:

  • Review the work we’ve done together over the last year
  • Share our plans for 2019 and how those plans may impact you
  • Answer your questions and hear your feedback

Wednesday, August 8th

6:30 – 8 pm

On My Own of Michigan Classroom

Please RSVP to jennifer@onmyownofmi.org by Wednesday, August 1st.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Directions to On My Own can be found here.

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What makes you happy?

July 11, 2018

Take a minute to think about the things in your life that make you happy.

The things no amount of money can replace because of the joy they bring you. Maybe it’s the memory of a trip, the new car you bought last summer or the people you choose to surround yourself with every day.

Our members at On My Own of Michigan often think about what makes them happy:

“I’m grateful to have learned how to do my own laundry.”

“Before OMO, I only used my microwave. Now, I’m able to cook all my meals.”

“I’m thankful to finally have friends and feel like I belong.”

“I’m so happy to be a part of a team.”

“I’m proud to be in my own apartment and take care of it without help.”

The members of On My Own of Michigan are grateful for being given the opportunity to grow their independence and live the life of their dreams.

When you donate to On My Own of Michigan, you help make their dreams come true.

We’re thrilled that we’ve reached our goal of raising $1500 to fund the support of our 60 members for one day!  But as you know we don’t just support our members one day a year.  Please consider making a donation of $74 today to help support our members and their dreams.

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Grace

July 7, 2018

Grace has plenty to be excited about. She just landed her dream job at Hollywood Market in Birmingham, Michigan.  She’s finishing her second year as a member of On My Own of Michigan, and in the not-too-distant future, she looks forward to having her own apartment.

All this can be a little scary, Grace admitted, especially the part about moving into her own apartment. But it’s also a little exciting, she said.

Grace’s mother, Cathy, shares her daughter’s embrace of change, even if it brings a bit of anxiety to both of them.

“Grace moving away from home will take some getting used to,” Cathy said. “But I know I have to let go.  Grace is learning to be independent at On My Own and that’s important.  She has her own bank account now, and writes her own checks.  She’s learned to cook and do her own laundry.  She even made me pancakes for Mother’s Day. The OMO program has changed Grace’s life.”

Grace takes pride in the high school diploma she earned before joining OMO. Now she looks forward to building on this accomplishment.  To do this, for example, she is in an OMO yoga class and is working on her physical fitness.

“I love it,” she said of her new life. “OMO has helped me become more outgoing.  “I have friends at On My Own.  And now I have a job.”

Cathy thinks she and Grace are lucky to have discovered On My Own of Michigan. She heard about the program from a colleague at the insurance company where she works.  Now, Cathy said, she wants more people to know about On My Own.

“They’ve helped Grace move beyond her immediate family,” Cathy said. “She has friends now that she didn’t have before.  She’s learning new skills.  We’re all very happy about that.”

Will you honor Grace and her friends by making a donation of $74? Will you join us in celebrating the independence of our members by making a one-time donation of $74 today?  Your gift will provide one day of support for 3 of our 60 members.  Help us meet our goal of raising $1500 to fund the support of our members for one day.

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Profile written by Dan Koger, as part of the Harry Lebovitz Fund.

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