On Saturday, August 23rd, MOKA represenatives will once again compete in the 5 kilometer race held in Roosevelt Park. Race start time is 8am. Participants in last year's race raised more than $3,400 through pledges. Anyone interested in participating may register online at www.goracego.com no later than August 15th. Adult fees are $25 and students and youth under 18 may participate for $15. Race fees include a race day t-shirt. Please spread the word by downloading and printing this MOKA Foundation Flyer . If you are interested in raising pledges to support our mission, and we hope you are, please download and print out this MOKA Foundation Donation Form which provides details. Last year, Executive Director, Tom Zmolek and his four year old grandson Max competed the race in record time. (Record time for Max as it was his first ever race.) It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning. Please join us as August 23rd promises to be the same sunny day as last year. Please join us.
On Friday, July 18, 2014 the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis awarded MOKA two grants in the amount of $198,000 each to support the development and construction of two new specialized residential programs in Muskegon County. The homes will be a new residence for individuals currently living in existing homes operated by MOKA in Muskegon Township and Norton Shores respectively. Floor plans are currently under final revision with land clearing and construction to commence shortly.
In collaboration with Community Mental Health Services of Muskegon County, MOKA employees recently began direct service as "Youth Autism Specialists" working with young children ages 18 months to five years old who have autism. Several employees working as Youth Autism Specialists using priniciples of Applied Behavior Analysis work directly with children to assist with learning new skills, emotional regulation and relationship building.
MOKA recently moved its regional office located on Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids to new offices located on Clyde Park Avenue in Kentwood. The new offices located at 5281 Clyde Park will provide both clinical and administrative support to MOKA's ten local specialized residential programs and community living supports. MOKA, whose main offices are located in Muskegon, currently supports over 800 individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and other disabilities in a six county area.
MOKA recently partnered with the local Knights of Columbus Council #11537 in carrying out a dinner dance fundraiser for the benefit of individuals with developmental and other disabilities. The event, held on Saturday February 15th attracted over 250 guests with entertainment provided by Buster's Blues Band. The first year event raised over $11,000 due to the successful efforts of both Knights and MOKA volunteers.