Post Adoption Resource Center
The Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor is an afterschool and summer youth development organization serving youth 6 to 18 years of age. The Boys & Girls Club helps members develop positive, life-changing goals through education-based activities, academic support, nutritious meals and a place to learn and grow. Our core programming activities involve academic, art, computer technology, drama, and sports and recreation that prepare members for academic success, character and citizenship development, and to live healthy lifestyles. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those that need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, & responsible citizens. Learning in a fun, safe environment gives our members and their families a place they can count on each day.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in Southwest Michigan. We provide disability-related Information and Referral, support navigating systems, information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and more. We can support families in learning to advocate for family members with disabilities and young adults in learning self-advocacy skills.
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.
Lory’s Place, a Grief Healing and Education Center of Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate
Lory’s Place is a family service center whose mission is to provide peer support group services for grieving children and adults throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. Lory’s Place provides a safe, comforting atmosphere in which grief healing can take place following the death of a family member or an important friend. Lory’s Place is available at no charge to all who come for assistance.
Project Find is devoted to helping individuals, parents, and people who work with families (known as primary referral sources), to connect with the special educational services that may be needed. In Michigan, eligible children, youth, and young adults may receive special educational services from birth through 25 years of age.
Anyone can make a referral for a Project Find evaluation if it is suspected that the child/young adult is developmentally delayed or has a physical or mental condition highly associated with developmental delay. Primary referral sources can include hospitals, physicians, parents, local education agencies, public health facilities, other social service providers and other medical providers.
Through multiple venues, our goal is to refer as early as possible all children, youth and young adults with disabilities who may be eligible for special educational services through Michigan’s Administrative Rules for Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B.
This unique nature center has five miles of trails meandering through 800 acres. A variety of forested and wetland habitats can be traversed via a trail system that includes boardwalks, observation platforms and an easily accessible barrier-free walkway. The visitor center houses live animal displays, touch tables and wildlife viewing windows.
Sarett offers a variety of lectures and hands-on activities such as kayaking adventures, field trips to local natural areas, naturalist-led hikes, snowshoe-making, cross country skiing, woodworking projects and more.
The education department offers monthly preschool classes and Junior Naturalist activities as well as classes for homeschooling families.
Where people of all ages with special needs participate in therapeutic horseback riding and other equine activities. Serving individuals in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.