1. How do I become a member of On My Own of Michigan ®?
Start by reviewing our programs, eligibility, and the application and fees.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Roccanti. After completing an application, meeting with our staff, and attending an outing and a class, prospective members are provided with an admission decision. From first contact to admission decision, we estimate the application process to take approximately two to eight weeks.

If membership is not extended to an applicant, the reasons for which the applicant was found to be ineligible will be documented and shared, if requested, with the applicant. Recommendations for alternative services will also be shared.

2. What types of intellectual disabilities do On My Own of Michigan ® members have?
On My Own members have a wide variety of developmental disorders including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment, and ADHD.
3. Do On my Own members have co-occurring disorders?
Yes.  In addition to members’ primary diagnosis, some of our members also have secondary diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.
4.What is the average age of On My Own of Michigan ® members?
To participate in On My Own programs, you must be 18 years of age or older. Currently, the average age is 40.
5. Can I just participate in On My Own’s social outings?
Yes.  Social outings are part of our Skill-Building Program.  All fees for the Skill-Building program apply, so we suggest you utilize the whole program and attend classes as well.
6. Can I just participate in classes?
Yes.  Once you have been accepted into the Skill-Building Program, you can participate in as many classes and workshops that you want.  Participating in social outings is not mandatory, but is encouraged!
7. How is On My Own funded?
On My Own of Michigan is a private nonprofit organization.   We receive little government funding and our revenue is derived primarily from member fees, special event fundraising, and the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individual supporters.
8. Does On My Own provide any financial assistance to cover the cost of program fees?
Not at this time but we will work with our members and families to develop a payment plan.
9. What type of housing does On My Own provide?
On My Own does not provide housing.  However, many members in the Independent Living Program reside in Somerset Park Apartments in Troy, but they have a choice of where to live. Somerset Park Apartments is a very large apartment complex with amenities such as a transportation system,  5 outdoor pools, tennis courts, softball field, exercise rooms, garden plots, a nine hole golf course and picnic areas. Other local apartment complexes include Sunnymede and Amber Creek Apartments. Please note that On My Own does not have a contractual agreement with any of these apartment options.
10. Where is the office of On My Own of Michigan® located?
The On My Own office is located at 1250 Kirts Blvd, Suite 300, in Troy and is within a short walking distance from Somerset Park Apartments, Amber Creek, and Sunnymede Apartments.
11. How do eligible individuals afford to become a member of On My Own of Michigan®?
Most On My Own members receive government supports such as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Assistance. Some of our members in the Independent Living Program also receive Support Coordination through Community Living Services of Oakland County, which is authorized through Oakland County Health Network (OCHN) and Medicaid.
12. Do you provide any transportation?
We provide transportation from our office to the planned social outings in the community.  We also provide transportation to the grocery store and medical appointments (medical, psychological, and dental) to individuals through our Direct Care Option if they need assistance.  We assist members with learning transportation options in the community in order to increase community independence.
13. Do On My Own members have jobs?
Most On My Own members in the Independent Living Program are employed in either part-time or full-time jobs and many of their jobs are located in Troy.  Many of the members in the Skill-Building Program are also employed in part-time or full-time jobs near their homes. Please be aware that On My Own does not provide transportation to and from employment and, for the most part, members use local public transportation to get to work.
14. Do you provide any vocational training or placement?
For our members who receive direct care, we provide individual job etiquette skills training when needed. We also offer job preparation classes. We typically do not assist with job placement or on-site job training. When such services are needed, we work with other organizations such Jewish Vocational Services and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) to find employment.
15. How many classes and outings do you have on average?
On My Own offers 4-8 skill-building workshops and social opportunities each week.  In addition to that we offer 26 outings in the metro-Detroit area each year.
16. Do you have staff available 24/7?
Yes.  On My Own offers an on-call number to reach staff 24/7.  This number is to only be utilized for non-medical emergencies.  Many members utilize this option when they are having an anxiety attack, they can’t get a hold of a family member, or they are having a conflict with a friend and aren’t sure how to proceed next.