May Insider 2016

Director's Take 
I can smell the aroma of completion! It feels good to be able to finally communicate th at I will be announcing an official grand opening date in the next newsletter. We've ALL been waiting...with bated breath...and in my case, nervous energy, sleepless nights, knee-bent prayers, sudden gray hairs, and "Don't quit! Keep going!" mantras. It has been a challenging but amazing journey and I am in complete awe of all the wonderful families, community leaders, trade unions, business owners, private donors and volunteers that have joined hands with me to breathe life into Play-Place. I am thrilled to say, "I could not have done this without you!!!" THANK YOU!  Stay tuned everyone, as together we get ready to venture into a whole new realm of inclusion, acceptance and support. 

Building Constr uction Update

April was an extremely exciting and appreciation packed month at Play-Place:
  • DSI- Distributor Service Inc. filled our entire laminate needs for window sills and custom-made tables throughout the center;
  • The Lego Castle has officially achieved royal status after being beautifully bestowed with an exquisite brick-painted decor, compliments of our amazing artist friend, Greg C. Brown.  
  • Slat wall for the store and Lego room was generously donated by Detroit Store Fixtures & All American Plywood; 
  • Steve Kirn & Acoustech granted a wonderful gift of ceiling tiles to outfit Play-Place's Inspiration Hall and Bistro Connection;
  •  Our beautiful Venetian carousel burst with brilliance for the first time after the electricians wired the final connections...AND...we passed the state inspection! 
  • Speaking of electricians, thanks to IBEW Local 58 & Ferndale Electric, we have officially switched our lighting system from florescent to LED. Hooray!
  • Great news! We passed our ductwork, electrical, plumbing and fire-safety inspections due to the wonderful work of Sheet Metal Workers Local 80, Sprinklerfitters Local 704; IBEW Local 58; Plumber Union Local 98; AND 
  • We were able to obtain lockers for our facility, compliments of the liquidation sale at Kmart on 18 Mile Rd. & Dequindre.

 Paint Party Volunteer Event
Upcoming Fundraisers

 Autism Awareness Raffle
Have you purchased your winning ticket yet? Please help us reach our goal of selling 5,000 tickets! 40 PRIZES! 40 winners! $5 donation for the kids!

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards programming materials and the finishing touches of Play-Place. Purchase a raffle ticket or two today!

We want to hear from YOU!
We always have our families in mind every step of the way.  Help us make Play-Place a one-of-a-kind experience with your feedback and suggestions.
Play-Place in the News

Channel 7 WXYZ 
We are so grateful that
WXYZ  came out to interview Play-Place Founder and Executive Director Shell Jones, a few of our IBEW Local 58 Construction Heroes, and one of our awesome families. We are so proud of our progress and all of the amazing people that have helped us get here. WXYZ did an awesome job on this piece! W e'd love for you to watch it!
Play-Place Partners

Centria Healthcare 
Centria Healthcare is one of Michigan's leading ABA providers and we are extremely proud to announce that they have joined hands with Play-Place as we offer a variety of autism support and intervention services under one roof. With a staff of certified, highly
skilled and compassionate BCBAs and  weekend and evening hours, Centria
has the ability to assist you throughout the entire process from diagnostics to
implementation of services. Welcome
aboard Centria!

Visit Centria Healthcare website here:

ABC Therapy Solutions LLC 
ABC Therapy Solutions is a group of three  licensed speech and language service providers delivering budget-conscious speech services with quality and excellence. And, YES they accept most insurances. They will be operating a satellite office inside of Play-Place. Not only are they speech therapist, but also certified teachers in the Harper Woods & Grand Blanc school districts. This partnership speaks to a collaborative effort of compassion, client focus and care.

Visit ABC Therapy's Website

Jennifer Owczarek - Masseuse
Introducing Jennifer O. and the "Knead to Heal." She will be one of Play-Place's in-house therapy providers offering massage therapy. She is a certified occupational therapist, licensed masseuse and mom of a 13 year old son on the spectrum. She gets it! Jennifer is also currently studying craniosacral therapy. I am ecstatic to have her as a part of the Play-Place umbrella and look forward to utilizing her services for my son...and me :-)

Fundraising News

Motor City Pizza Fest

The Motor City Pizza Fest Eastside Showdown was a BLAST! We ate delicious pizza,  sold raffle tickets, and we made  $419.83  off of the beer and wine sales! Thank you so much to  Bill L. from the Quintessential Event Company for including us in the evening, and thank  you to Teri S. for introducing us. We would also like to give a big thank you to Linda P. of Angel of Grace Awareness Bracelets who sold her beautiful bracelets all night long at the event and donated $5 from each one to Play-Place.  We are so grateful for her  $180 donation!  We are so happy to have been included in such a  fun night out! We can't wait for next year's Pizza Fest!

 L.O.V.E. Autism Walk
We had so much fun at  ABC Therapy Solutions, LLC 's first ever L.O.V.E. Autism Walk! It was a chilly Michigan morning but, the warm hearts and bright smiles of all those who attended made for a positively radiant and fun walk! Thank you so much to the amazing women at ABC Therapy for hosting this event and raising money to purchase Play-Place memberships!

Recent donations

Beanie Babies
Thank you so much to
Donna and Rob W. for donating 10 bins of
Beanie Babies! We had
a little too much fun playing with them! We can't wait to share them here at Play-Place!

Thank you  David B.  for donating these two beautiful easels to us.  We are so grateful for your support.
Craft Supplies & Books
Janice Mayers 
dropped off tons of  art and craft supplies  for our art studio, tons  of books, and a Leap Frog Leap Reader! Thank you so much! 

Volunteer Shoutout
Sterling Heights High School Seniors
Thank you so much to our new friends at Sterling Heights High School! These kind Seniors spent time volunteering with us to help prep our raffle ticket books, and sort  our Legos!  They had a smile on their face the entire time they were here.   We truly appreciate all of their hard work.  

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41105 Technology Park Dr. | Sterling Heights, MI 48314