Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Since the start of the New Year, CentriaCares has sent two groups of Centria Healthcare employees to volunteer at Play-Place for Autistic Children! The 25,000 square-foot facility, which is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, serves as a safe, fun, and judgment-free wonderland for individuals with autism and their families. Our volunteers had a great time assisting Play-Place staff and working with different groups of kids, most of whom were on school field trips.
"Play Place was so much fun. It was my first time there, and I was so amazed at all of the activities that they have for the kiddos," said Tina Beard, who led the CentriaCares volunteer group on January 18, 2018.
" Our group of very small kiddos, mostly between the ages of three and five, were so excited that they could barely get their coats off when they came in. We had a blast!"
Tina added that her team kept busy during downtime as well, sorting thousands of LEGO pieces for the facility's Lego Castle room. They also helped clean and prepare the art rooms for future groups of kids.
"We had a blast laughing the whole time," Tina said. "I was very happy to take part in this program."
On February 2, 2018, CentriaCares returned to Play-Place with a new group of volunteers.
"Volunteering at Play-Place gives us the opportunity to go out into the community and spend some time with the kiddos," said Leanna Beatty, CentriaCares Group Leader. "That's something we don't get to do very often, since we're not out in the field day-to-day. Being able to do this is incredible, and it's great to see everyone having such a great time in a safe, accommodating environment!"
This time, the CentriaCares volunteers got to work with two different groups of children - the first group had kids who were 4-9 years old, and second group consisted of 10-15 year old kids. Throughout the course of the day, volunteers helped the kids make pizza-themed arts and crafts projects, monitored carousel rides, watched a movie in the facility's movie theater, and enjoyed a pizza lunch. They also got to participate in a fun drumming activity, where yoga balls were placed in buckets, and the kids got to tap along to different songs.
Centria is looking forward to sending more volunteer groups to Play-Place in the next few months!
About Play-Place for Autistic Children: Play-Place for Autistic Children is dedicated to inclusion, acceptance and support. Through a unique play-powered environment, Play-Place offers recreation, education, therapy, life skills, social development, respite relief, health & fitness, resource management and vocational training. In essence, our objective is to create the Disneyland effect with a life-changing impact where “play” improves, empowers & provides promise for a brighter tomorrow.