Our Guest Speaker program for the month of March will be a presentation by our wonderful friends from Common Ground. They will be here giving us an overview of the services they provide and how ART fits into their programs. They will present a virtual tour of their mission and help us understand just how critical Common Ground and the services they provide are to the community.
Common Ground is a crisis intervention organization that is dedicated to helping people move from Crisis to Hope.
The presentation consists of inspirational stories that get to the heart of Common Ground’s key impact areas: Responding to Crisis, Providing Safety & Advocacy and Building Communities of Support. The stories are delivered through the personal experiences of the agency’s CEO, board, program managers and clients.They promise it will be the best one hour of your day!
The SOAA has established a partnership with Common Ground and over the last several years we do what we can to support their efforts. For members that attend meetings regularly, I’m sure you have probably noticed the box marked ‘Common Ground’ at our monthly meetings. Mike Byrne brings it each month and our members are encouraged to place new or gently used art supplies in the box. Mike then takes any donations to their facility. Since he is a frequent volunteer at Common Ground, it is an easy task.
Common Ground is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in Southeastern Michigan move from crisis to hope. For more than 40 years, Common Ground has been providing service in three areas: responding to crisis, providing safety and advocacy and building communities of support. Through our many programs, staff and volunteers deliver services in a respectful, responsive and culturally sensitive way to empower people with the tools they need to develop their own path to recovery. Most programs are free of charge and 91% of funding received goes to direct service. The gateway to help is through Common Ground’s 24 hour crisis and resource Helpline (800-231-1127) art supplies in the box, which Mike then takes to their facilities. We also donated $600 to their program in the form of two $300 gift certificates, one each from Michael’s and Utrecht/Dick Blick in Royal Oak. This money came from the door contributions at our Royal Oak Historical Museum show in October.
Common Ground extends an invitation to learn more by attending a free one-hour Crisis To Hope presentation. Find out more by visiting: www.commongroundhelps.org.