Program areas at SHALOM
SHALOM provided residential extended-family homes for over 40 residents and their care-provider families including state-licensed Adult Foster Care and independent supported living for men and women. These Christ- centered homes provide encouragement, love and structure. Residents become part of the Shalom community which allows them to participate in many social and support opportunities.
With Covid protocols in place, over 40 participants worked in our Farm, Woolery and Thrift Store operations. Woolery participants work together in teams to skirt and wash wool, run several machines, weave on looms and make dryer balls, cat toys, banners and other products in a supportive and safe atmosphere. Farm participants work with sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens and alpaca while experiencing gardening and other year-round projects(gathering eggs and caring for rabbits). Our annual Farm Days were modified to allow visitors to tour the farm while remaining in their vehicles. Our Spring maple sap and syrup harvest was limited due to Michigan weather. By Fall, outdoor operations resumed to allow our regular harvests. Participants worked alongside community volunteers Thrift Store and at art shows and assist in the cleaning, processing and sale of donated items. These activities are made possible through our nine full and part-time staff/coaches and more than 50 regular volunteers. Several of our participants beautifully expanded their skills to involve woodworking, painting and furniture making.
SHALOM provided a January, 2020 experience for 30 adults with disabilities in partnership with 20 community chaperones and staff. This two-day event at Gull Lake Ministries was sponsored by GraceSpring Bible Church in Richland, Michigan. The fun and fellowship included rock wall climbing, basketball, bowling, air hockey, pickelball and much more. Covid protocols enacted soon after limited opportunities for additional activities throughout the year. Once weather allowed for outdoor activities, progress resumed on construction of our new Woolery building which was 75% complete by year-end.
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