Community
Integration

Gesher helps people across metro Detroit get involved in their community through a wide range of enrichment programs and activities.

At Gesher, we believe that a happy and healthy community is the result of happy and healthy individuals. That’s why we provide a wide range of community-based activities for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. From cultural programs, to volunteering, to arts and music, to social inclusion, Gesher has something for everyone.

Get started today by learning about our programs below, or exploring upcoming community events

Community Engagement

Choices Program

Gesher’s Choices Program provides enriching activities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to help them stay active and involved in the community. Choices utilizes an individualized, person-centered planning model to best meet the interests and needs of each person. Choices participants determine their own activities, which can occur in a wide variety of community settings, in the facility, and even as part of daily virtual programs for individuals at home who desire vibrant social engagement.

Within Choices, the Caring Companions service provides a safe and secure environment for adults with disabilities and dementia, allowing them to engage in stimulating activities while maintaining their dignity and the highest level of functioning.

For more information, contact Susan Silva at [email protected] or
(248) 233-4331.

Social and Cultural Enrichment

The Clubhouse for the Common Good

The Clubhouse for the Common Good, housed in the Lois and Milton Y. Zussman Center, provides a Clubhouse-designed setting based on the standards outlined by Clubhouse International. It was designed by and for individuals with a mental health diagnosis who seek a welcoming and engaging community atmosphere where they can enjoy social and cultural activities, educational classes, culinary experiences, vocational support, and volunteer opportunities. 

Our ‘Clubhouse’ is a local community center that provide members with an environment that:

  • Recognizes and utilizes daily talents and abilities
  • Encourages participation in consensus-based decision-making
  • Provides opportunities to obtain paid employment through a Transitional Employment Program
  • Offers access to educational resources, crisis intervention services, social and recreational events, and safe and affordable housing

Arts, Music, and More

Creative Expressions Program

The Creative Expressions Program provides education, enrichment, cultural experiences, and professional arts opportunities for Gesher participants. This program collaborates with community partners to offer a wide variety of art-based classes and activities that include visual and performing arts, photography, sculpting, writing, poetry, etc. Participants often uncover new talents and create their own journey based on their individual interests. Creative Expressions also assists to further hone participant skills, show their work in galleries, performances, etc., and develop as entrepreneurs, if desired.

Activities may include lessons or individual/group activities at the Lois and Milton Y. Zussman Center, the Gesher Diem Building, the Gesher Frank Building, at our community partner locations, art galleries and fairs, community expos, and at other organizations or public settings. Creative Expressions is currently offered to Clubhouse members, Choices Program participants, Brown Center participants, and Vocational Skill Builders.

Click here to learn more about our artists!

For more information, contact Craig Nowak at [email protected] or
(248) 663-4345.

Community Support Services

Supports Coordination

The LIFE program in Oakland County & the Bridges program in Wayne County help individuals with disabilities pursue their interests, live more independently, and make important decisions. The program links participants with services including medical, social, vocational, educational, and community support services as well as assistance in obtaining legal representation, transportation, and respite care.

For more information, contact Laura Hearshen at [email protected] or
(248) 233-4244.

Support for Individuals Living With Dementia and Their Family Care Partners

Dorothy and Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program

The Dorothy & Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program is dedicated to supporting people living with dementia and their family care partners. The day program is focused on providing dignity and respect through engaging programming and socialization, provided in a safe and secure environment.

Participants benefit from individualized attention, socialization and recreation, therapeutic activities, creative expressions in music and art, health monitoring, nutritious Kosher meals and snacks, and spiritual and cultural support.

Families enjoy flexibile program hours, transportation services, a break from 24-hour care, and social work support services such as support groups and educational workshops.

The Adult Day Program is nonsectarian.

For more information contact our Social Worker at [email protected] or  (248) 233-4392

Financial Capability and Education

Facing a financial crisis? Looking to purchase a home? Need help with a budget? We can help! Our HUD certified housing counselors work with individuals to develop a stronger understanding of basic financial concepts through the use of resources, trainings, workshops, and one-on-one meetings in order for them to achieve financial wellness. Our free services focus on:

  • Credit education, including how to establish and manage credit
  • Help for homeowners
  • Budgeting and spending
  • Debt management
  • Savings
  • How to avoid identity theft

For more information, contact [email protected] or
(248) 233-4299.

Homebuyer Education

Homebuyer Education is an approved Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) course that helps potential homeowners learn everything they need to know regarding purchasing a home and ensures that a homebuyer will have a good understanding of their loan, the closing process, budgeting, recapture taxes, avoiding predatory lending and foreclosure. This includes mortgage prequalification, shopping for a home, and what borrowers need to qualify such as budgeting, credit and money management, and savings skills.  
 
Participants that complete the entire course are provided a certification which is a requirement for borrowers using MSHDA’s Down Payment Assistance. $50 fee per household.

For more information, contact [email protected] or
(248) 233-4299.

Adult (55+) Engagement Opportunities

Encore 55+ Interest Groups

Gesher provides Encore Programming for active adults aged 55 and older. These programs are designed to engage participants more deeply with their community while providing mental stimulation, enjoyment, and opportunities to connect.

The Meeting Place: Do things you enjoy with others who have similar interests. Examples of affinity groups include book clubs, film discussion groups, and armchair travel. Do you enjoy cooking, crafting, nature walks, writing, card playing, or building? Let’s form a new group to connect and get the most out of life.

For more information, contact Joann Drasnin at [email protected] or (248) 233-4247.

Hear From Your Neighbors

Gesher has helped build my confidence so that I feel like I can do this. I want to thank everybody who helped make Gesher possible from the bottom of my heart because you have improved my life tremendously.

Yolanda L.

Next Event

15July
The Lois Zussman Golf Classic
11:00 am

The Lois Zussman Golf Classic

Life Skills & Education

The Lois Zussman Golf Classic is an annual fundraiser supporting the Clubhouse for the Common Good housed in the Lois and Milton Y. Zussman Center. The Clubhouse for the Common Good provides enrichment, educational, and employment opportunities for adults living with mental health challenges.

Franklin Hills Country Club
31675 Inkster Road | Franklin, Michigan 48025

11:00 AM – Registration and Lunch
12:30 PM – Shotgun Start
5:30 PM – Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 PM – Dinner ~ Program ~ Live Auction

Join us at 5:30 PM for a cocktail reception, auctions, and dinner!
$175 per person

For more information, contact Lindsey Fox at [email protected] or 248.233.4343.

Enter for a chance to win a Passport to Paradise!

One raffle ticket for $100 or three for $250!

Your stay, your way. The world is at your fingertips with a selection of trending travel experiences curated by our destination specialists, including:

  • Your choice of over fifteen extraordinary experiences worldwide (CLICK HERE to view the winner’s choices)
  • Handpicked private accommodation and exclusive guest amenities with every stay
  • A curated selection of global destinations reflecting the hottest trends in travel
  • Premium guest services for trip planning to ensure once-in-a-lifetime experiences wherever the world takes you

Note: Experience must be booked within 12 months of purchase date. Flights, transportation, and food are not included.

All proceeds from this raffle go to the Lois Zussman Golf Classic. Need not be present to win.

The winner will be announced at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2024, at Gesher’s Annual Lois Zussman Golf Classic at Franklin Hills Country Club.

More information: Lindsey Fox 248.233.4343 or [email protected].

Raffle License #R75031

Thank you to our 2024 Lois Zussman Golf Classic sponsors!

2024 Lois Zussman Golf Classic Committee

Harold Dubrowsky
Amy Folbe
Kristen Gross
Adam Jacob
Paige Lustig
Jonathan Modiano
Mike Orlando
Dan Serlin
Charlie Shaw
Adam Zussman
Rick Zussman

Upcoming Events

16July
Computer Basics Class - AM Class
1:24 am - 12:00 pm

Computer Basics Class - AM Class

Life Skills & Education

Computer Basics Class
Students will learn basic computer skills needed for work, school and life. Each student will also receive a workbook and a portable flash drive to transport files. Classroom time is 12 hours total. (Six 2-hour sessions)

Computer Basics Class topics include:
Creating, editing, naming, saving and moving files
Keyboard, mouse and trackpad usage
Navigating the internet
Tech terms translated
The Cloud
Safety

Workshop Dates:

July 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, and August 6th

Time: AM Class 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Gesher Human Services | 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

Fee: FREE to all unemployed job seekers (normally $199).
Registration is required!

Click here to download a printable flier.

For more info and to register, contact Dave Rotter to sign up: [email protected] or 248.233.4243.

16July
Un-Retiring
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Un-Retiring

Life Skills & Education

This interactive workshop explores the growing trend of “un-retiring” – returning to work after retirement but with your schedule and preferences. We’ll delve into the benefits and challenges of this approach. Join us and discover how to craft a work life that fits your goals in this new chapter!

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 16 at 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-ugrDgiGNJMV41Eui3Nj4SUL2IoMXFF

16July
Computer Basics Class - PM Class
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Computer Basics Class - PM Class

Life Skills & Education

Computer Basics Class
Students will learn basic computer skills needed for work, school and life. Each student will also receive a workbook and a portable flash drive to transport files. Classroom time is 12 hours total. (Six 2-hour sessions)

Computer Basics Class topics include:
Creating, editing, naming, saving and moving files
Keyboard, mouse and trackpad usage
Navigating the internet
Tech terms translated
The Cloud
Safety

Workshop Dates:

July 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, and August 6th

Time: PM Class 1:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Gesher Human Services | 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

Fee: FREE to all unemployed job seekers (normally $199).
Registration is required!

Click here to download a printable flier.

For more info and to register, contact Dave Rotter to sign up: [email protected] or 248.233.4243.

16July
Retirement Reemployment - Getting Back Into the Game
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Retirement Reemployment - Getting Back Into the Game

Life Skills & Education

This workshop dives deep into the exciting (and sometimes daunting) prospect of working after retirement. We’ll explore the key considerations for crafting a financially feasible, fulfilling and fun return. This time, on your terms!

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00-3:30pm

Location: Held in person at Gesher Human Services in Southfield.

Registration: https://jlive.app/events/8095

Registration is required.

17July
Savvy Savers
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Savvy Savers

Life Skills & Education

Savvy Savers is a program that is designed to assist you with becoming a saver or help you get started with learning how to save and begin investing. Each monthly meeting will include topics related to improving your savings skills.

Date and Time: Join Our Savings Support Group! Monthly meetings held on Wednesdays: July 17, August 21, and September 18, at 12:00 PM.

Location: Virtual

Registration:

To register for this free, virtual program: email [email protected] or call 248-233-4299.

Take the first step toward a more stable and fulfilling life