MORC Caregiver Appreciation Day

Be ye not weary in well doing; for in due season you will reap if ye faint not. Galatians 6:9.

Let me repeat the title again. Caregiver Appreciation! Praise the Lord! Somebody cares. MORC and Kohl’s Department store care about caregivers. I appreciate them for appreciating us. I will show my appreciation by doing more shopping at Kohl’s.

MORC (Macomb-Oakland Regional Center) is an agency that provides a vast array of services to people with disabilities in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. They have been in business for over 30 years and their philosophy of service is based on the Gentle Teaching techniques. I have written about the impact that this technique had on me when  I was trying to adjust to my son’s autism. I had the privilege and the honor to study with Dr, John McGee at the University of Nebraska Psychiatric Hospital in 1987 when he was writing his book “Gentle Teaching”. 

Kohl’s Department Store and MORC together give the appreciation day by hosting a fashion show. Kohl’s provides the person with the disability and their caregiver with an outfit of their choice to wear in the fashion show. PJ and I went to Kohl’s, along with other caregivers and people with disabilities. We got to choose our outfits which we all get to keep after the show. I am very pleased with my choice and with PJ’s. Kohl’s has been providing the fashions for eight years, though this is the first year for PJ and me.

I saw the video from the last caregiver fashion show event. It was sold out and was well worth attending.  People with disabilities and their caregivers walked the runway together. I was so proud of everyone. They wore the latest fashions and everyone did a good job.  People with disabilities are often overlooked, but you could see from their smiles how happy they were to be the models.  I am proud to be included this year. PJ is not very aware of the importance of the event, but I am sure?  (I am hoping) that on the day he will enjoy his new clothes and the event.

This year’s event is on Thursday, May 14 from 9:30 am to 1:30p.m. It will be held at Palazzo Grande Banquet Center, 54660 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, MI. I hope this is a sell-out as well. One of the goals of the Pervis Foundation is to thank the caregivers, so this fits right in with our goals.

Pervis Sr, would have loved this event. He would proudly walk the runway with Pervis Jr. He was always proud of PJ, even when I wasn’t. I am proud now because I know about all that PJ had to overcome. All of our people with disabilities have overcome a great deal, as have their caregivers. May the Force be with us.

Until next time: May the Power Of God protect you. May the love of God enfold you.

Claudreen Jackson

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