JCC Special Needs Program Receives Masonic Community Grant

Posted by: Justin Wedes on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI – The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Metropolitan Detroit has been awarded the prestigious BEST Community Grant from the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation (MMCF) for its innovative Young Adults All Together (YAAT) program, which provides vocational training and transition programs for teens and young adults with special needs.

The grant, to be presented at a check-giving ceremony on February 13th at 10am in the JCC lobby, will support numerous program expansions, including: implementing a structured Community-Based Instruction (CBI) curriculum, expanding the number of CBI locations, and developing vocation skills of participants enrolled in the Young Adults All Together (YAAT) program.

“I’m so grateful the Foundation provided us the opportunity to continue expanding the Young Adults All Together (YAAT) program and that they see the significance of this program.  With the support of the Foundation, we will be able to fulfill the goals of the B.E.S.T. program – Build, Enrich, Strengthen, and Transform our Michigan Communities,” said Stephanie Zoltowski, Director, Department of Special Needs at the JCC.

“The JCC of Metro Detroit was chosen for the Masonry’s B.E.S.T. Community grant because of their commitment to addressing the growing needs of vocational training and transition programs for teens and young adults with special needs, a need that is ever increasing in today’s society,” said Walt Wheeler, Executive Director of MMCF.

 

About The Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation 

The Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of Michigan’s preeminent foundations, acting as a powerful philanthropic partner for change; committed to enhancing our communities and improving the lives of Michigan citizens. Learn more at michiganmasonsfoundation.org

About JCC’s Center of Special Needs

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Center of Special Needs provides a variety of terrific recreational and social programs for children, teens and adults: from preschool and day camp to vocational training and family social events. Learn more at jccdet.org/specialneeds

 

Media inquiries:

Walt Wheeler, MMCF, [email protected], Justin Wedes, JCC, [email protected]

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