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Residential Outing Leads to Emotional Reunion for Client

Special Tree has a fabulous reputation for helping clients achieve the best outcomes possible. But sometimes an outcome turns out to be bigger and better than a client could ever have imagined.  That’s what happened to Keith M., a client at our Riverview location, who was enjoying a night out with staff on April 13th as part of his Quality of Life (QOL) goal when the unexpected occurred.

Keith’s goal was to have a steak at Outback Steakhouse and then shoot some pool.  QOL goals are based on a Quality of Life Survey that every residential client takes at the beginning of the year to identify three obtainable goals they would like to accomplish to enhance their quality of life.  Residential House Managers and their staff, plus any other representative involved (case manager, guardian), help each client to accomplish at least one goal, but ideally all three, over the course of the year.

The Big Reveal!

The camera was rolling as our residential staff and clients got a first look at the major renovation and expansion of our Beverly Hills Community Residence on move-in day! The former 4-bedroom ranch now features six private rooms and a completely remodeled interior. Clients were so excited to see all the big changes, especially when each client was shown their new private room! There were also rave reactions to the new open floor plan which combines the beautifully remodeled kitchen, dining area, and living room into a large inviting space for gatherings. A big shout out to our fabulous Facilities Team who worked diligently to get the interior ready for the big reveal which happened in November.

Olympic Fever


The spirit of the Olympics brought together clients and staff from Special Tree's Day Treatment Services, Residential, and NeuroCare Center for an afternoon of games and fun at Special Tree’s Olympic Carnival on August 10th.    The NCC South parking lot was a swirl of colorful flags and creative team uniforms as clients competed for medals and prizes for their country’s team.  Congratulations to Moravian West, a.k.a. Team Canada, who brought home the Gold;  Tyler’s 1 & 2 won the Silver for Team China; and the Bronze went to Trevino who represented France.  Many thanks to Angie Folkwein, Residential Best Practices Coordinator, and Neal Dregansky, DTS Manager, for organizing the event



Giving Back

The team at Special Tree is proud to help support our local communities.  To help schools in the local community, Riverview Residential Program Manager Debbie Justice and client Adam dropped off two backpacks full of donated school supplies to Riverview School District’s Huntington Elementary and Seitz Middle School.  Debbie and Adam even ran into an old Riverview neighbor who works in the middle school office!  The schools’ principals were very grateful for the donation and Debbie plans to stay in touch with both schools to help support students throughout the year.  A special thanks to Riverview Rehabilitation Service Technician, Darlene McCellen who donated a portion of the school supplies.

A Winning Day for Dennis

Client Dennis L. and RST Haleem Goode enjoyed a Tiger’s game at Comerica Park on April 22nd compliments of Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. Attorneys at Law in Southfield. Dennis's Tiger tickets were part of a contest give-away that the firm sponsored for persons with TBI and SCI. To enter the contest, individuals with a TBI or SCI had to be nominated by a caregiver or someone involved in their rehabilitation.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

We've finally made it, spring is here. And nothing welcomes longer days and warmer temperatures  like a trip to the ballpark. This past weekend clients Darin H., and Loren K., from Moravian West set out to Comerica Park to cheer on the Tiger's as they took on the Texas Rangers. The afternoon game came to a close with beautiful blue skies, smiles and a Tiger's victory, 3-2 over the Rangers.

Luck of the Irish

By: Brooke Anderson
Rehabilitation Service Technician
Greenbriar Residence

Back on the WJLB Airwaves

Kevin with Dr. Derius & Big Dog Blast
When Kevin walks into a room everyone notices. His smooth voice and warm asking, ‘What’ss up?’ let’s everyone know he’s there.

Knock, Knock... It's the Holidays!

By: Tonya Bryant, CBIS
Residential Manager
Webster Court

Thankful for a Good Harvest

This year when the clients from Moravian West sit down for their Thanksgiving dinner they’ll be thankful in a new way.  The vegetables that accompany the turkey will taste fresher, and the pumpkin pie will be a little more sweet.  That’s just one of the many beautiful things that has come from a harvest season following a summer of gardening in their backyard.