At family-owned Rodnick Chiropractic, doctors preach healthier bodies through straighter spines at four different area locations. Each doctor amasses a detailed medical history and conducts a subtle search of the body for subluxations—vertebral misalignments that cause nerve stress. The doctors use specific low-force adjustments to add motion to the spinal joints and help restore normal mobility and balance. They also solve spinal queries on their local television broadcast, Ask the Chiropractor. On the show, they educate guests about chiropractic wellness and perform pro bono adjustments on bent boom mics.
Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan aims to improve the quality of life for underserved individuals across the state through philanthropic programs. These programs include Link to Creative Teaching, which provides funding for special classroom projects, and Assault Survivor Kits, which distributes toiletries and new clothing to survivors of abuse or sexual assault whose personal items have been retained as evidence. Additionally, Wee Help supplies low-income mothers with infant-layette kits. Since 1994, the organization has distributed more than 3,150 kits to hospitals and birthing facilities throughout Michigan.
To supplement donations, corporate grants, and annual fundraising events, volunteers raise money for these programs by selling new and gently used items at the group's resale shop, the ReSale Connection.
Animal Aid Foundation works each day to place lost or unwanted pets in permanent homes through rescue and community-outreach programs. One day, the organization hopes to open a no-kill shelter to help reduce pet overpopulation and provide an alternative to shelters that practice euthanasia.
On a typical day, Animal Aid Foundation volunteers might review pet-adoption applications, transport shelter animals to the veterinarian for vaccinations, or remove animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates and place them in foster care. Volunteers also deliver pet food to low-income families and help run community-outreach programs that provide necessities such as bedding and doghouses.
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Gourmet Everyday woos those courting more nutritious, low-fat foods by delivering multiple foodie-friendly meals cooked by talented chefs and certified healthy by the staff's nutritionist, doctor, and Veggienius, the Roman god of riboflavin. With this deal, nutrient-seekers will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks and dessert for two days, from an eclectic, rotating menu. Recent selections have included sun-dried tomato and basil quiche, a salmon caesar salad, and savory flank steak with a horseradish sauce. Cap off a full day's worth of tasty eats with dessert, such as the recently featured cinnamon-spiced mousse or chocolate cheesecake, ideal for sticking with candles to celebrate selling your potato chips to your roommate. The service's fresh, preservative-free meals land on doorsteps inside an insulated cooler, so feasters-to-be can be off on a dream quest when it's delivered.
Humble Design helps low-income families create new lives after transitioning from homelessness by furnishing their homes with repurposed furniture and supplies. It conducts home makeovers largely with donated and used items, creating thrifty and eco-friendly home designs for families in the Metro area, including many single-parent families and victims of domestic abuse. Reusing cleaning products and large pieces of furniture simultaneously help families create comfortable living spaces, and keeps these items out of Detroit’s overflowing landfills.
Though Treger Strasberg and Ana Smith, the co-founders of Humble Design, spent nearly two months on their first house, they now handle as many as seven a week, according to an interview in the New York Times. Their team starts each redesign by giving family members beds for sleeping, pots for cooking, kitchen tables for family meals, and dressers to store clothing. The volunteers pick up the furniture from homes with excess supplies and deliver them to the families for free. They then undertake a full home makeover, cleaning the space and supplying rugs, lamps, and flowers to create a warm environment.