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The residents of Angels’ Place are all unique individuals each with their own amazing stories to tell. We invite you to read about the wonderful people who call Angels’ Place home and form their own special part of our community!

“See Me for Me!”

Therese

Therese wants you to know that she is a person just like you. She went to Catholic school and worked many years for an order of nuns in Detroit. Her faith is very important to her and she occasionally serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Regis Church. Her hobbies include making necklaces and reading joke books. She loves to have fun.

Molly

Molly calls herself the "Go Girl" as she loves to travel anywhere and especially loves going to Pistons and Red Wings games. Molly has worked at New Horizons for years and enjoys living with her housemates at the Middlebury Home. She loves her family, brothers, nieces, and nephews - she's a proud aunt!

She also loves making key chains and coloring in adult coloring books, and she always gives her key chains away as gifts. It makes her happy to help people. Chinese and Mexican food are her favorites and she loves show tunes.

James

James is truly one of Angels’ Place’s most precious gifts. In 1956, James was born at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. He was developmentally disabled, legally blind, and was given away at birth without even a name on his birth certificate. He was introduced to Angels’ Place in 2000 and, after nearly two decades, is able to continually achieve his long-expressed desire to live more independently.

In his free time, James enjoys times of quiet prayer, spending time with his Holy Family home roommates, and watching WXYZ Action News. His involvement in the church choir ignited his love for singing, and he loves to share his gift of song with others. James, a man who once did not even have a name, now makes a positive impact on everyone he meets. He truly inspires the community each day.

Ryan

A resident of the Angels’ Place Lochdale Home since 2009, Ryan has been creating wonderful artwork for over 20 years, and much of it can be seen on display in his home as well as in the homes of his friends and family. His subjects range from scenes of nature to favorite sports figures. Although Ryan is skilled with watercolor, pastels, and pencil sketches, he loves talking to other artists about their techniques and learn as much as he can.

Ryan is also a devoted baseball fan, and a member of the Angels’ Place Miracle League where his nickname is “Home Run Ryan.”

Therese wants you to know that she’s a person just like you. She went to Catholic school and worked for many years for an order of nuns in Detroit. Her faith is very important to her and she occasionally serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Regis Church. Her hobbies include making necklaces and reading joke books. She loves to have fun.

Molly loves making keychains and coloring in adult coloring books, but she always gives her keychains away as gifts. It makes her happy to help people. Chinese and Mexican food are her favorites and she loves show tunes.

Molly calls herself the “Go Girl” as she loves to travel anywhere and especially loves going to Pistons and Red Wings games. Molly has worked at New Horizons for years and enjoys living with her housemates at the Middlebury Home. She loves her family, brothers, nieces, and nephews – she is a proud aunt!

James is truly one of Angels’ Place’s most precious gifts. In 1956, James was born at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. He was developmentally disabled, legally blind, and was given away at birth without even a name on his birth certificate. He was introduced to Angels’ Place in 2000 and, after nearly two decades, is able to continually achieve his long-expressed desire to live more independently.

In his free time, James enjoys times of quiet prayer, spending time with his Holy Family home roommates, and watching WXYZ Action News. His involvement in the church choir ignited his love for singing, and he loves to share his gift of song with others. James, a man who once did not even have a name, now makes a positive impact on everyone he meets. He truly inspires the community each day.

Since a young age, it has been said that Larry’s “purpose in life” so to speak, is to always see the good in something not so good and to subtly share this gift with the world around him. If asked how his day at work was, he will always respond it was “wonderful,” even if it wasn’t. That’s because he truly believes that it was so. And if you tell him that you’re not exactly having the best day, he will attempt to cheer you up, always ending with “but I love you anyway.” It’s really hard not to believe him, and you always end up wishing you could have the beautiful outlook that Larry has been blessed with since the beginning.

A resident of the Angels’ Place Lochdale Home since 2009, Ryan has been creating wonderful artwork for over 20 years, and much of it can be seen on display in his home as well as in the homes of his friends and family. His subjects range from scenes of nature to favorite sports figures. Although Ryan is skilled with watercolor, pastels, and pencil sketches, he loves talking to other artists about their techniques and learn as much as he can.

Ryan is also a devoted baseball fan, and a member of the Angels’ Place Miracle League where his nickname is “Home Run Ryan.”

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Mike

To a lot of people, Mike is Angels' Place – a loving man with a great smile. Mike has a sensitive heart, which was witnessed at a videotaping a few years back. He was talking to his friend Jeff Hurlbert about how important their friendship was to him. Jeff shared a story of being in Desert Storm and how Mike helped him get through his time away from family and friends. It meant a lot to him.

Mike has pure love for his housemates at the Chelton Home and is adored by his family at Brother Rice, where he has faithfully worked for over 25 years! In 2018, he was even inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Each year, Mike inspires a new Warrior football team, encouraging them to do their best. He’s also an all-star at Miracle League with his pitch and swing.

Kate

Kate is all smiles all the time! She lives in the Breckenridge home and loves spending time with her housemates. She is also very fond and proud of her cousin Steve, and looks forward to enjoying a plate of nachos with him at Nello's, one of her favorite places.

Kate is one of the biggest Red Wings fans you will meet, even asking if she could paint her bedroom Red Wings red! Of course, her Tigers are right up there too. She loves her Detroit teams and enjoys going to games whenever she gets tickets. Not to mention she is an athlete herself, and is always excited to show off her ribbons from Special Olympics, especially the first-place ribbon in freestyle swimming.

Dawn

As the Secretary of SpARC (Special Angels Resident Committee), an Angels’ Place peer leadership group, Dawn pays close attention to every word spoken with an intensity and dedication to capturing the moment.
She loves to learn and does not grow weary of writing word for word the committee minutes and ideas, or engaging in group discussion on what it means to be accepted in her community.

Dawn is extremely hard working and is motivated to do her best whether it is at work as a valued employee at her neighborhood Kroger, at home among her friends, or as a daughter and a sister with her family. Dawn is the first to volunteer to make a card for a friend or write a note of encouragement for someone in the hospital; Dawn is a helper and likes making a difference in people’s lives.

Often times serious, Dawn also loves to have fun with her friends and can often be found trying to get everyone on the dance floor to her favorite Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars tune. She is a beautiful woman of her time who possesses the initiative and the confidence to try and make a difference in her Angels’ Place community.

Kathy

There are no strangers in Kathy’s life, she’s always the first to greet you with an extended hand and an enthusiastic hello. Kathy is a born networker, making sure people are welcomed and invited into her circle of friendships. She is truly an inspiration in her kind spirit and her perseverance through life’s hardships. We can all testify that our lives are better because Kathy is in it!

Kathy is most proud of her family and you will quickly know that her brothers and her sisters are the apples of her eye. Like the town crier, she shares the good news whether that be a wedding, graduation, or a precious new life being added to the family tree.

A Spartan to the core, we had to peel Kathy off the ceiling when Coach Dantonio was in town for an Angels’ Place event . . . a dream come true for this MSU fan.

Andy

Andy enjoys being out in the community. He loves to swim, workout, and play basketball with his housemates. He likes telling jokes and making people laugh. Spending time with his dad, riding his bike or horseback riding his favorite horse, Elf, are highlights for him.

Andy also enjoys taking music lessons at FAR and had a solo vocal performance in the last talent show. It's no secret that Andy is a U of M fan when you visit his room. He is also a proud uncle and is looking forward to the annual barbeque with all of the families of the St. Francis Home.

David

David is a true ambassador for Angels’ Place. Always wearing his logo apparel, his pride in living in the Longcrest Home in Southfield is incredibly evident. He also works on the Emagine Project, participates in summer softball at Miracle League, and teaches signing every morning through the Our Father at our main office.

In his spare time, you can find him hanging out with his roommates catching the local sports games, playing ball, bowling, and entertaining an avid interest in history – especially WWII. He’s also particularly excited as his sister, Sue, has moved back to Michigan!

David is quite a busy guy, but he enjoys every bit of it. His go-getter energy and passion for Angels’ Place is so inspiring to everyone who lives and works here, and we couldn’t imagine our family without him.

Gwen

Whether through action or spirit, Gwen is always ready to lend a helping hand to whoever needs it, and many of her favorite moments are spent making a positive impact on the lives of others. Using her talent for crafting, she hooks rugs that she gives away as gifts. She also enjoys setting the table and lending a hand in the kitchen.

At Angels’ Place, you can find Gwen in Enrichment every day where she loves to learn about fractions, or in the office helping with mailings. And of course, she always makes time for family, visiting her mother frequently and caring for her in the same way she cared for Gwen.

Joanna

Joanna, or “Sharky” as her friends call her, lives at the Pine Center Home. Why “Sharky”? Her awesome swimming talents of course! Which earned her a medal at Special Olympics in the backstroke last year!

Joanna is a fun-loving gal with a zest for life. She enjoys parties (especially if there’s pizza), singing, dancing, playing baseball, and rooting for Michigan State. She’s a vibrant individual who makes friends with everyone she meets – with a smile that you can’t help but return.

Jeff

At Angels’ Place, we’re all about making a positive impact on the world around us, and we couldn’t be prouder of Jeff’s own efforts to do so! As the owner of Green Angel Recycling, he partners with around 20 businesses and individuals in the area who deposit plastic, glass, and aluminum containers into their on-site Green Angel boxes; which Jeff then sorts and packages personally for exchange at local grocery stores and Green for Life Environmental.

Just as important to Jeff as his work, are his family and friends. A resident of the St. Francis Home, some of his favorite activities are going out to dinner, bowling, and movies with his housemates. You can also find him rooting on the Lions and Michigan State with his dad, enjoying a game show or two with his mom, and spending Sundays with his large extended family. A big part of Jeff is his imagination. In his spare time, he loves to surf the Internet for YouTube videos featuring his favorite characters such as Cruella De Ville, Jafar, Barnaby, and Veruca Salt. And it’s no wonder that his favorite time of year is Halloween, when he dresses up as either Fred Flintstone or Inspector Gadget!

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