On October 30, 2017, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. The money from these grants is for the purchase of equipment to enhance speech therapy, “touch and feel” items for sensory therapies, and items for physical therapy relating to core strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills. Thanks to Jamie’s Smiles, the programs will also purchase booster seats, large therapy balls, weighted balls and learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.
When asked about their projects Bates said, “We are so pleased to be able to present these grants to such deserving programs. The Therapists and Social Workers at the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen Peters are making a life changing difference in the lives of children like our son. We applaud the hard working folks that are in the homes and lives of such amazing children and are proud to be playing a small part in efforts like theirs.”
Bates went on to say, “We are excited to announce our Holiday Adoption program for families of children with special needs through MIPP. We are adopting two families from the MIPP program who are raising children that have special needs. We rely on the support and generosity of people in the community who have a desire to change the lives of others for the better by offering them a hand-up. We invite everyone with a giving heart to join in our mission to change lives and help others.”
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