Salvation Army ARC Ice Cream Social

On the eve of Thanksgiving, members of the Growth Works team and community partners visited the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center to sponsor an Ice Cream Social. This was a great opportunity for staff members to connect with the residents and hear their personal stories about their journey to recovery. At The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), the team is dedicated to helping individuals rebuild their life through a holistic, residential, faith-based, work therapy program that replaces self-defeating habits with more productive and meaningful activities. 

For more information and immediate assistance, call the Salvation Army ARC 24-hour helpline at 313-965-7760 ext. 234 or visit 1627 W. Fort St., Detroit MI 48216 – transportation and immediate admission available. To learn more about all of their programs and services, visit their website here.

Peer Recovery Coaching Presentation at PCCS

The Growth Works’ mission is best lived out in the community, bringing a message of Hope to those in need. Growth Works is proud to partner with the Northwest Wayne Chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) to speak about substance use, addiction, and the journey to recovery. Growth Works and FAN have resources for individuals and families struggling with substance use. We want to ensure community members are familiar with the resources and can easily access them in their time of need. Peer Recovery Coaches from Growth Works and FAN team members presented to Plymouth Canton Community School students and shared their personal stories. Sarah, Jamaine and Cole have all faced personal struggles with addiction and are now working as Peer Recovery Coaches to help others on their journey to recovery. We want to thank our incredible Peer Recovery Coaches and our Partners at Families Against Narcotics for helping bring a message of Hope to those in need.

If you would like to learn about Peer Recovery Coaching or have a Peer Recovery Coach speak to your organization or school, please contact us today!

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Conference

Western Wayne County took a major step forward when it comes to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. Over a week long period, the Western Wayne Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted five events to bring training, resources, keynote speakers and community partners together to support those on the front lines. On November 8th, more than 200 individuals were trained in QPR at the St. John’s Resort in Plymouth. The purpose of this training is to help save lives and ensure that all members of the community can recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help. The group was a representation of area school districts and included staff from food service, transportation, aides and para-professionals, hall monitors, school resource officers, as well as members of the board and administration, with the goal of providing training to everyone who interacts with students throughout their day. At Schoolcraft College in Livonia, more than 200 school social workers, counselors, psychologists, behavioral health specialists and community members participated in a Mental Health Conference with break out sessions hosted by community partners and a community resource fair. This all-day event was designed with school mental health care teams in mind and offered CE’s and SCECH’s for credit toward various forms of licensure.

In addition to these events, the Coalition hosted three Family Matters parent series events with keynote speaker Matt Emerzian, from Every Monday Matters, about the importance of why they matter. Our families are essential to the growth and well-being of our youth, when we create strong connections and sustain relationships within our families, our youth thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. These events reached more than 70 community members and brought a lot of laughs to the Penn Theatre in Plymouth, the Redford Township District library, and Westland’s John Glenn High School.

We would like to give special recognition to our financial sponsors including Community Financial, Envision Healthcare, Gordon Advisors, Healthy Livonia, Kiwanis Club of Plymouth, Michigan Educational Credit Union, Redford Commission on Youth and Families, Schoolcraft College, and the South Redford School District. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsoring including DWIHN, Hegira Health, Lincoln Behavioral Services, New Hope Center for Grief Support, Six Feet Over, SPN Survivors, Trinity Health, and QPR Training Teams. And none of this would have been possible without Syndee Malek and Alice Reinke, the driving force behind all of this incredible work to support our community.

The Western Wayne Suicide Prevention Coalition will continue to collaboratively address youth suicide prevention, support mental health, and aim for zero completed youth suicides within the seven Western Wayne School Districts. Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing more resources and events with you in the coming months.

Growth Works Receives Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

Growth Works Family Assessment Support & Education (FASE) received a $10,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation supporting their Community Closet program. This grant will connect individuals and families with essential items to address their basic needs and we expect to see a quantifiable impact on their overall lifestyle.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to removing the barriers keeping our neighbors from accessing basic needs. That’s why we are proud to support organizations like Growth Works Family Assessment Support & Education and their efforts to connect Wayne County residents with the resources they need,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation.

As a leading social service provider serving Wayne County residents, our mission is to restore hope, embrace change and improve the lives of the clients we serve. We recognize that when individuals and families struggle to meet their basic needs, issues of substance use, domestic violence and juvenile justice tend to increase. The Community Closet provides essential resources including food, household items, and clothing. By addressing these needs, we believe we will shift their long-term outcomes, as well as those for generations to come. This grant is an opportunity to partner with the Consumers Energy Foundation and further their mission of caring for people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

About the Consumers Energy Foundation

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan — its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2021, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed over $17.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit

Growth Works awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Growth Works has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Case Management, Diversion and Clinical Treatment Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Growth Works underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in August. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with standards spanning several areas including client care, emergency management, suicide prevention, environment of care, infection prevention and control, COVID 19 precautions, leadership, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Growth Works for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“We are proud of our Joint Commission Accreditation and want to thank the team for all of their hard work to ensure we provide the highest quality services to those who receive care at Growth Works,” says Nick Griswold, Growth Works CEO. “It is our mission to ensure the best in all of our services and the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval ensures we have met that standard.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.