Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE WELLNESS COMMUNITY OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN?
- A local affiliate of an international non-profit organization founded in 1982 which is dedicated to providing emotional support, education, and hope for people affected by cancer.
- A compassionate haven for people with cancer and their loved ones that preserves dignity and self-esteem while focusing on living life to its fullest.
- A comfortable home-like setting located in a non-medical facility where all programs and services are provided at no cost to those with cancer and their families.
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
- Research has shown that three particularly challenging stressors that cancer and its treatment bring are unwanted aloneness, loss of control and loss of hope. A meaningful way to reduce these stressors is to participate – along with loved ones and other people with cancer – in support groups, educational workshops, stress management programs and other activities.
- Often people with cancer do not want to return to the hospital for anything other than their medical treatment. Thus, the non-medical setting of The Wellness Community creates an environment in which the realities of treatment can be put aside.
- It will offer a place where people can come together to create community, regardless of the stage of their disease or where they are being treated.
- Though hospitals offer some support groups, The Wellness Community will provide a comprehensive support program with multiple opportunities for people to receive support.
WHAT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES WILL BE OFFERED?
- Professionally led support groups for cancer patients and family members.
- Educational workshops including topics such as nutrition and “Cancer 101.”
- Small creative groups such as art, music, writing, and mind/body programs like yoga and tai chi for patients, family members and friends.
- Social events to promote community spirit.
- A resource library.
WHERE WILL IT BE LOCATED?
- The Wellness Community facility will be established in an area convenient for patients receiving treatment in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. The facility will have ample parking and be easily accessible from major highways.
- It is anticipated that the facility, which is expected to open in Spring, 2007, will draw participants from an area roughly bounded on the north by Fenton, I-275 on the east, on the south by Adrian and on the west by Jackson.
- Satellite programs will eventually be offered in home-like settings in some of the outlying communities.
HOW WILL IT BE FUNDED?
- Because all programs and services will be offered at no charge, The Wellness Community will be funded by a combination of private donations, fund-raising events, and grants.
The Wellness Community is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All of the programs and services at The Wellness Community are offered free of charge. Our financial support is through the charitable giving of others and comes from contributions by individuals, corporations, and foundations.