On Tuesday October 28, 2014, MOKA will be once again hosting an informational session on Legal Planning as part of it's ongoing "Right Track Series." Individuals with disabilities, parents, family members, guardians and support teams are invited to learn about legal and financial planning from two experts: Catherine Jacobs from Cottrell and Jacobs PLC, the West Michigan Estate Planning Center, will discuss legal and planning issues for individuals with a disability. Lu Paletta, Financial Advisor, will help us to understand budgeting, investing, saving, estate planning and more. Click here for event flyer.
On October 29, 2014, three members of MOKA's Executive Team will be speaking at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy as part of their brown bag lunch series. Executive Director Tom Zmolek, Director of Programs Tracey Hamlet and Dorothy Bowne, MOKA's Human Resources Directow will be presenting on the topic of "Creating and Cultivating Your Nonprofit Culture." For more details and to register online follow this link: Johnson Center Brown Bag Lunch Series
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.
A recent open house was held to celebrate the opening of MOKA's newest specialized residential program in Belmont, a community nearby Grand Rapids, Michigan. The spacious home equipped with a wheelchair lift to access the lower walkout and a swimming pool, will be home to four individuals.
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.