Many Hands Lifesharing Community is very attractive to high quality staff with lower than average turn-over. It has been shown at other Lifesharing communities that many people desire to live and work in these environments. Everyone including the caregiver or PAL has a sense of belonging through meaningful connections with others. Providing the PALs with compensation in the form of a beautiful home and quality food along with learning opportunities are some of the ways we show how much they are valued.
Many Hands is pulling from a slightly different pool of workers than regularly paid Direct Care Professionals. We are creating a learning environment to educate and train the next generation of teachers, therapists, nurses, social workers, farmers and public health policy makers. Many Hands will work to be a top choice for local college and university programs to send their students for experience and internships. By having MHLC Board of Director members from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Public Health, or Kinesiology and Eastern Michigan University School of Education to help facilitate this relationship. The Farm Manager will be trained in Biodynamic, an organic regenerative agriculture technique.
In 2005 our founder, Kerry Kafafian realized her then 8 year old son will always need direct care and can never be left alone. After 16 years of researching and traveling to visit programs in many states, she decided that a farm-based Lifesharing model is a place she would feel good about moving her now 24 year old son too. In April 2019 Kerry reached out to other parents and said since we can not find a place we would want for our children to live, we need to create one. A new housing community is being developed in Washtenaw County, Michigan with the support of many dedicated people.
Build and sustain quality care, housing, learning and activities for those with a disability, while educating our next generation of service professionals using a Lifesharing model.
Kerry Kafafian, Board Chair
University of Michigan Business School, Realtor with Keller Williams, Parent of child with Intellectual /Developmental Disability, BBA
Dr. Janice Farrehi, Vice Chair
Physician, University Health Service University of Michigan, Parent of child with I/DD, MD
Randy Crundwell, Treasure
Organization Excellence Manager Business at A&D Technology, Inc.
Parent of child with I/DD, MBA
Marissa Gonzalez-Jarvi, Secretary
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Memorial Hospital.
Parent of child with I/DD, MSN, BSN
Josh Stokes, Member
Teacher Assistant at Washtenaw Intermediate School System.
Professional Speaker on Having Autism
Daniella Simon, Member
Owner of Behavioral Learning Solutions, LLC. LMSW, LBA, BCBA, MPH
Dr. Peter Farrehi, Member
Physician, Michigan Medicine, Parent of child with I/DD, MD