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Getting My Own Address news -December 2013
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 Community Events
Avondale Skill Activity Nights
Friday, December 13
7-9:30 p.m.
Avondale Meadows Building
1435 W. Auburn Road
Rochester Hills

Special Needs Open Gym
  Third Sunday of each month 
3-5 p.m.
(next session December 15, 2013)
Great Lakes Kids Energy Zone
715 Lapeer Road
Oxford, MI

Far Party!
Friday, December 20
6:30-9 p.m.
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church
1100 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills
RSVP to Sarah at 

Friendship Club Autism Social 
Saturday, December 21  
7-11 p.m.
St Anastasia Activity Center
4571 John R Road
Troy, MI

After Hours Adult Social
Tuesday, January 14 
6-9 p.m.
Oakland Center 
Oakland University

Evening Enrichment Series
Life Care Plans for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presented by Steve Grogan & David Ramirez GPA Financial Group
Thursday, January 16 
6-7:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Room in the Oakland Center
Oakland University
RSVP 248-370-2424

Friends of Different Learners Camp & Resource Fair
Thursday, January 23
7-9 p.m.
Grove High School
20500 West Thirteen Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
 CHN team members will be present


Sensory Friendly Shows as the Palace

"Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate"

Thursday, March 20

7:30 p.m.


Suppports Intensity Scale (SIS) Overview Presentations by MORC.

 SIS is considered a reliable and standardized way to consider the types of supports an individual with a disability requires for daily living activities. It also considers how often support is needed. 

Dates offered:

January 21, 2014

January 30, 2014

February 18, 2014

To get location, date, time, and to register, please call


or email 


GMOA logo
Welcome to December's issue of the Getting My Own Address e-newsletter! Each e-newsletter will bring you information and resources related to exploring, learning about, and creating successful long-term housing plans for individuals with disabilities, no matter what level or type of support is needed. 
Contact us if there is something you want to know more about!  GMOA@chninc.net

GMOA e-newsletter is taking a break for the winter season. See you in the spring!
Without a ride life unravels ... Freedom Road Transportation offers a solution

Among the most empowering and critical services an adult with disabilities may require is readily available, affordable, and accessible transportation.  With transportation they can obtain and hold a job, receive medical treatment, pursue higher education, and make social connections. Freedom Road Transportation in Oakland County, Michigan, is dedicated to getting individuals where they need to go. This non-profit has created a successful volunteer driver program that currently reimburses 130 riders for up to 100 miles/month.


To be eligible for Freedom Road's program, interested individuals apply over the phone and send paperwork to verify Oakland County residency, their income, transportation needs, and any other qualifications.


Approved riders must find their own drivers, who use their personal vehicles to provide transportation. Freedom Road reimburses the rider who then pay their driver .55 cents/mile. This amount is non-taxable and does not interfere with Social Security or other benefits. Approved riders arrange travel directly with their volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers must file a form stating who they are and for whom they are driving.


A year after successfully launching their model, Freedom Road is now offering to assist other organizations to develop similar local programs.


Interested riders in Oakland County should call Freedom Road at 249-232-1259 to have their questions answered and be put on their waiting list. Because Freedom Road is currently financed through grants and fundraising, showing the level of need through the number of people seeking to become an approved rider is very helpful. Freedom Road is always happy to welcome volunteers to help raise more funds so they can empower more individuals with disabilities to "catch a ride". 


For more information,       

go to www.freedomROADtransportation.org 

or call 249-232-1259.

GMOA community involvement

Friends of Different Learners 12th Annual Camp and Resource Fair
January 23, 2014
7-9 p.m.
Groves High School
20500 W. Thirteen Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Families can connect with providers of camps, recreational activities, therapies, healthcare and educational services geared to support individuals with special needs through summer and year-round programs offered in inclusive and self-contained settings. CHN team members will be attending.
For more information, www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org

2014 March into Transition
Join us for an informal opportunity for students and families to hear from and connect with agencies and community partners important in transition planning. Consider this the "Transition 101" opportunity to learn more about mental health, vocational rehabilitation, and other community resources that may be helpful in life following the completion of school services. It's never too early to learn and start planning.  There are 3 chances to attend.  
For dates and registration information, Link
GMOA presentations 

CHN has received funding from the Autism Society Oakland County to provide four GMOA overview presentations in Oakland County.  There are two presentations already scheduled.
 GMOA presentations hosted by: 
Thursday, February 6, 2014
6-8 p.m.
Meadows School 
1435 W. Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309 


Community Living Services

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 a.m.-noon

642 E. Nine Mile Road

Ferndale, MI  48220


Please watch our website for other dates and locations
Scheduling a GMOA presentation

If you are interested in contracting with CHN for a 2 hour GMOA Overview presentation, please contact Linda Brown at lbrown@chninc.net or (248) 269-1346. We would be happy to share this tool to empower individuals, families, and the professionals who support them in understanding the long-term housing planning process.

Upcoming GMOA Support Groups


Milford meeting 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6-8 p.m.

Milford High School

Conference Room 408

2380 S. Milford Road

Highland, Michigan 48357

Topic:  "Social Security & Work Incentives" presented by Paul Landry from United Cerebral Palsy


Future scheduled Milford meetings

  • January 9: Topic to be announced 
  • February 13: "The Springhill Pooled Accounts Trust: A  Special Needs Estate Planning Tool" presenting by Carrie Alexander and Linda Brown from Community Housing Network, Inc.
  • March 13: "Housing Subsidies and Section 8: A Resource to Stretch Income for People with Disabilities" presented by Chuck Bratton
  • April 10: "How to Purchase a House" presented by Linda Brown and guests
Troy Meeting 

No meeting will be held for December


Future scheduled Troy meetings

  • January 21: "Ask the Direct Care Provider", John Williams, executive  director from Progressive Lifestyles, Inc.
  • February 18: "The Springhill Pooled Accounts Trust: A  Special Needs Estate Planning Tool" presenting by Carrie Alexander and Linda Brown from Community Housing Network, Inc.
  • March 18: "Housing Subsidies and Section 8: A Resource to Stretch Income for People with Disabilities" presented by Chuck Bratton
  • April 15: "How to Purchase a House" presented by Linda Brown and guests

For more information on the support groups, to please go to Link.


If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Bratton at 248-269-1307 or GMOA@chninc.net. 
  With support from:

Community Housing Network | 248-928-0111 | jkorte@chninc.net | http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084


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