"Our Mission - To Serve Men Like Jay
Written by Laura Clark-Roumpz
photo Laura &Jay atMackinaw Island
Over 20 years ago I had the privilege to meet Jay and he has been a friend of our family ever since. Jay was adopted as an infant and soon after was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. With deep parental love & encouragement, Jay grew into a fine Christian gentleman. But about 15 years ago, things started to change. Within a three year period, he found himself living alone after both of his parents died and his sister moved with her husband to California, leaving Jay devastated, confused, and alone in Petoskey with only a few persons doing what they could to help. There was no one to invite him for dinners or holiday celebrations, and he was very lonely. For his meals he walked across a busy road to get frozen dinners at a small grocery store, scared to death that he would be assaulted. But my husband and I came to the rescue and with permission moved Jay into a subsidized apartment closer to our home in the Lansing area so he could have an improved quality of life and be supported by loving people. Jay was able to take care of his own basic needs and live somewhat on his own for awhile. But then his health and ability to live independently diminished, and his physician suggested a group home where there would be 24/7 oversight and daily socialization.
We were very discouraged to find that there were not many, if any, homes in the Lansing area that we would feel comfortable letting Jay live in. But then we were told of plans to build Joshua's Place on a five acre plot and close to Peckham Inc., the largest employer in Michigan of disabled citizens. Joshua's Place would also be close to his home church, grocery stores,barber shops, and physician offfices. My husband and I are happy to be advocates for Jay. We consider it a joy to take care of God's people, people like Jay. And we hope you will find it a part of your mission to support Joshua's Place.: