A Group Home Picnic

Sorry I haven’t posted this week, but I was unable to access my blog due to a computer glitch. I am not the most computer literate person, but after a few adjustments, I am back in business. When it comes to technology, I am easily thrown.

Since “Inspired By Autism” was released , I have been trying to find out what is available for adults with disabilities in the area of camps, respite and group homes. I have discovered a wonderful couple who provide group homes in the city of Detroit. They are Reverend Germany Bennett and his wife Kimberly Bennett who own a number of group homes.

The Bennetts treated the group home residents and  residents of the neighborhood to a picnic on Saturday, August 27.  PJ, Stephanie (his sister) and I attended the picnic and we all had  a great time. PJ is not the most sociable person so I am always cautious when we are in a social atmosphere but he enjoyed the day.

The picnic was held in a big back yard  that adjoins two group homes.  There was a big red and white striped tent, a huge banner proclaiming the event, and bright balloons. You could not miss the fact that something was going on. There were all kinds of people there, physically disabled, mentally disabled, not disabled, not yet disabled, young and old. We were all together having fun and you did not know who was who.

There was  a DJ (who played some Spinner music) which really got us to dancing. There was a live band who entertained us. There were some really good singers (Stephanie got a chance to sing also). There was a train to take people on  train rides.  There was a big trampoline that children were jumping on.

I haven’t mentioned the food which was delicious. We had burgers and hot dogs, but we also had macaroni, bar-b-cued ribs, pasta salad and green beans. There was more, but  I could not try everything. PJ was only interested in hot dogs and macaroni. We had ice cream bars for dessert.

The evening ended with Rev. Bennett singing (he sounded great) and blessing us with a prayer. I hope that there are other events like this for our people, but this is the first one that I attended that PJ and I both enjoyed and I was able to relax.

Rev. Bennett  and Kimberly Bennett were a revelation to me. You know, it’s not always what you do, it’s the way that you do it and the Bennetts  express the kind of love and support that we want our children to experience.  I am comforted just knowing that there are people like them looking out for our children.

The PJ Foundation guiding scripture is Matthew 25:40,  “As you have done it unto the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” The Bennetts exemplify that scripture and what a blessing they are to the world.

I hope to see you at the Autism Speaks Walk at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, Sept 10. If you want to walk, you can walk with the PJ Foundation Team. You can find us at the “Inspired By Autism ” table.

Until next time; May the Light of God surround you; May the Power of God protect you; May the Love of God enfold you.

Claudreen Jackson


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