Robin Bennett
April 11, 2016

When the curtain went up on the 2016 season of 4th Wall Theatre Company, we introduced you to 3 of the innovative organizations that star as community partners in our mission to bring the stage and all of its therapeutic  benefits to young people with special needs. In an effort to continue to bring our clients and readers more information about all of the wonderful services available to those with special needs throughout Southeast Michigan (in addition to 4th Wall!), we are excited to share three MORE of these breakout stars in our community.

Get ready to meet:

  1. Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors
  2. Courageous Kids
  3. Special Ministries of Livingston County

Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors

logo_itprs“Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors (ITPRS) had the pleasure of working with the 4th Wall Theater Company for our first ever theater workshop. Katie Mann was very helpful during the program planning process and went above and beyond helping us provide this new program to our therapeutic recreation participants. Ms. Taylor and Ms. Danielle arrived with smiles and ready to start the show! They were able to get the participants to participate in various singing, dancing and acting activities, showing the participants how to explore their talents and learn how to expand their comfort zones. The night ended with a wonderful performance by the participants, received with much applause from parents and caregivers. The staff at 4th Wall were a joy to work with and ITPRS is looking forward to working with them again in the future.”

-Danielle Wescott, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, Independence Township Parks, Recreation & Seniors

Here are just a few of the upcoming activities and events scheduled and designed “for persons with cognitive disabilities, with or without physical impairment”:

  •  TR Buddy Baseball

TR Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls, ages 7–14, with cognitive disabilities, with or without physical impairments. Each player is paired with a Buddy to assist them as needed. The 6 week league is held on Monday evenings from 6–7pm on 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, (skip 7/4), 7/11, 7/18 & 7/25/15 at Sashabaw Plains Park. If needed, the rain out makeup date will be 8/1. There will be Opening Day festivities held on Saturday 6/4 and an End of Season Picnic immediately following our last game. Buddies and Coaches will also need to attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday 6/7 at 6pm in the Township Hall Meeting Room. Cost is $40/res, $50/non res and $10 for buddies. Registration begins 3/21 and ends 4/29. Add a $10 additional fee for registrations received after the deadline, pending space is available. For registration forms go to www.itprs.org and click on the Forms/Flyers link or call (248) 625-8223.

  • TR Travel Softball

The TR Travel Softball program is a league for persons, ages 14+, with cognitive disabilities, with or without physical impairments in coordination with Troy, Waterford, Orion Township and Rochester TR departments. The 8 week season is held on Thursday at 6:30 on 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, & 7/21. If needed, the rain out makeup date will be 7/28. Games are either on our home eld, Sashabaw Plains Park, or away on our opponent’s eld. There will be Opening Day festivities held on Saturday 6/4 and an End of Season Picnic immediately following our last game. Cost is $45/res or $55/non res. Registration begins 2/29 and ends 4/8. Add a $10 additional fee for registrations received after the deadline, pending space is available. For registrations forms go to www.itprs.org and click on the Form/Flyers link. Practices begin in April, so be sure to register early!

Check out all the events and fun activities listed in the therapeutic recreation section of the ITPR seasonal catalog!

Courageous Kids

screen-shot-2014-09-05-at-11-43-43-am“We are thrilled to once again partner with 4th Wall Theatre, as our Courageous Kids absolutely love the program. Courageous Kids inspires hope by helping kids cope with life-threatening medical conditions by providing free and fun events for our kids and families. 4th Wall is playing an important role in our mission. Often times, medical needs of our courageous children can strain a family’s life, makingit challenging to get out and have fun. Such events provide our kids and families with much-needed positive anticipation and a distraction from the health challenges they face.”

Leah Borst,  Director of Operations, Courageous Kids

Courageous Kids plans fun activities and events for Southeast Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families that provide positive anticipation, distraction, family bonding and emotional support for the whole family. Children, along with their parents and siblings when applicable, must be enrolled and accepted into Courageous Kids before attending events. To enroll your child, click here.

CK is currently looking for community partners, businesses, groups or organizations to sponsor an event, like the upcoming 4th Wall Theatre event. Sponsors help CK cover the cost of the activities and locations, so families do not have the financial burden of attending events. Event sponsors play a vital role in CK’s mission. A few popular options are Movie Morning, Bowling Party, Painting Party, Recreation Day or Museum Trip. We are always open to activities and event ideas by community partners, as well. Learn more and see our recent news at www.courageouskidsmi.org.

  • Casino Fundraiser Registration

img_0212Saturday, April 30, 2016 1 – 9 PM

Complete registration below to join Courageous Kids for the annual casino bus trip fundraiser to Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek! $40/person registration includes $20 casino money and $5 food voucher. The bus will pick up attendees at 1 PM from Walmart, 30729 Lyon Center Dr. in New Hudson. Casino time will be 3 – 7 PM. The bus will depart to return to New Hudson at 7 PM.

Deadline for registration is April 25. 55-person maximum registration allowed.

Special Ministries of Livingston County

screen-shot-2016-01-18-at-10-44-11-am“Theatre is for everyone! 4th Wall empowers people with special needs, seniors, everyone, to break through the fourth wall, get on stage, and shine. Through singing, dancing, and acting our actors-to-be learn about the theatre, the world,and themselves.We can’t wait to this a try!”

-Special Ministries of Livingston County Newsletter

Special Ministries of Livingston County is on mission to provide quality programming for individuals living with cognitive and physical disABILITIES by offering opportunities for growth in personal relationships, continuous learning, recreation, and spiritual development.

Take a look at just a few of the upcoming fun programming for people with developmental disabilities happening in Livingston county so excited and family friendly:

  • Softball (joining Special Olympics)

Put your sneakers on and get ready to play ball! Athletes will be given uniform t-shirts to wear each week and all equipment will be provided to those who need it. Dress comfortably in cool, athletic attire (this will be our first true summer season, it might get hot!)
We will be partnering with Special Olympics’ “Home Team” this year in order to maintain our community team rivalries. Each afternoon will include time to practice batting, throwing, catching, etc. We will break off into teams combining with the community group that has joined us and play a lightly- competitive game.

Sundays (every other week) from
approx. 3:00—5:30 PM
June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, Aug. 7, 21, & Sep. 4 or 11
Hawkins Elementary Fields
8900 Lee Rd, Brighton
*Dates and times are subject to change once season starts.

  • Bingo!

Howell Rec. is now collaborating with the Knights of Columbus to provide Bingo to our community once again! Thanks to a 2|42 small group, we’ll be having dinner from 5:45-6:15 PM and Bingo will begin by 6:30. Monetary prizes at stake but not guaranteed to all our participants. Bingo runs until 9:30 if anyone is interested in staying. Due to the fast-paced play, volun- teers will be around to help!

Thursdays April 21st & May 19th 5:30-8:00 PM at Howell Bennett Rec. Center, 925 W. Grand River, Howell.

For more information on how to register, click here! Or contact 810-229-6661

Or to view all of the spring/summer activity is scheduled with SM of LC check out their newsletter here.