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Peckham, Inc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation

Peckham, Inc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation

LANSING , MI – The International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) annou nced that Peckham, Inc. has received a three - year re - accreditation . This accreditation is the 13 consecutive Three - Year Accreditation that CARF has given Peckham, Inc.

“Peckham is proud to have earned another three - year CARF accreditation,” says Greta Wu, Chief Human Services Officer. “As we face changes within our industry, this achievement serves as a reminder that if we continue to do great work, we will continue to produce great results.” Peckham, Inc. has received a three - year accreditation for its Community Employment Services: Employment Supports & Job Development, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation services, Organizational Employment Servic es and Governance Standards Applied programs. “Across program service areas, clients are actively listened to, and their rights, opinions, dreams and desires are honored by personnel,” says The CARF International Survey Summary. “When asked to describe wh at makes Peckham special, a client stated, “They listen to you and they never give up on you.” This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditat ion that is awarded to an organization . It also validates the organization’s substantial c onformance to the CARF standards. Peckham went through a rigor ous peer review process, and demonstrated to a team of surveyors its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. - more - Peckham, I nc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation.... P. 2 of 2 “One of Peckham’s greatest assets is its dedicated, skilled, and talented personnel,” says The CARF International Survey Summary. “They extend themselves beyond their assigned hours and responsibilities and always ensure that they are available to clients and other stakeholders. They believe in the organization’s mission and appear to be driven and inspired by an impressive team spirit.” CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation o f Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer - focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at Peckham , Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency.

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Peckham Announced as Department of Labor Grant Recipient for Reentry Initiative

Peckham Announced as Department of Labor Grant Recipient for Reentry Initiative

LANSING, MI –The Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) announced Peckham as one of the five sites across the country to be included for its Reentry Project grant serving young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or adult system.

"Individuals, families, communities and our economy as a whole are better off when the transition from the justice system to employment is successful," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "These reentry programs are designed to break the cycle of recidivism by providing assistance toward achieving meaningful employment."

Peckham will receive $630,000 over three years to create services. The new program will develop methods that maximize participants' inclusion and integration into society, employment opportunities, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency.

Peckham intends to address the full range of challenges faced by justice-involved individuals transitioning back to the community. Peckham Youth Services believes in the abilities of this young talented workforce. This new Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) opportunity is critical in ending the school to prison pipeline. Using evidence based programming to transition individuals who are re-integrating into the community from incarceration.

“Over the past two and half years Peckham has served more than 200 Lansing area youth 16-24
who have juvenile court involvement and have placed over 60% into employment and over 60%
obtained an industry recognized credential/degree. We are grateful for the 30th Judicial Circuit
Court of Ingham County for their support in pursuing this opportunity,” said Sarah Britton,
director of youth services, at Peckham.

The intent of the Reentry Projects grant program is to protect community safety by ensuring
that participants who successfully exit the program are provided with positive opportunities to
engage in employment or education; become productive, responsible, and law-abiding
members of society; maintain long-term employment; and establish a stable residence.
About Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) Supported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Employment and Training Administration, Right Turn is based on a number of IEL-created
foundational materials, as well as IEL’s experience operating the youth career-focused
mentoring model, the Ready to Achieve

For a half-century, the IEL has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their
institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and
their families.

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity
and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human
potential for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment, who are striving for
greater independence and self-sufficiency.

Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Hosts Fall Speaker Series Lizzie Velasquez – “The Power of Relationships”

Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Hosts Fall Speaker Series Lizzie Velasquez – “The Power of Relationships”

LANSING, MI – The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation will host the bi-annual Speaker Series featuring Lizzie Velasquez: TedX Speaker, Executive Producer and Best-Selling Author.

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The world’s ugliest woman.” She will share her inspiring journey with two audiences about how she went from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

Throughout the years Lizzie and her parents have learned the ups and downs in relationships ranging from family relationships, friendships, and relationships with the public.

While going through life with different perspectives, many lessons have been learned. Lessons that will hopefully help others overcome adversity and find universal acceptance.
On Friday, October 19, there will be a morning session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sessions are free and open to the public and will take place at Peckham Inc., 3510 Capital City Blvd., Lansing, MI 48906.

To reserve complimentary seats, email with the following information: number of tickets, choice of session, name, phone number, and email address of contact person. Business casual attire requested.

Contact Shavonne Lewis at for pre-event interviews.

Lizzie Velasquez, is a global motivational speaker, YouTube personality, anti-bullying activist and author. In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen event and gave a talk titled “How Do You Define Yourself?” that has garnered over 13 million views across the Web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, Associated Press, AOL, MSN and Yahoo!, among many other national and international media.

The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation is committed to supporting the initiatives, programs and services that help Peckham, Inc. fulfill its mission. The Foundation helps fund services and programs where little other funding exists, filling critical gaps that can make a difference in the lives of those striving for independence. The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation supports a variety of program initiatives, while also supporting efforts to provide community enrichment, volunteerism and self-empowerment opportunities.

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency. Peckham, Inc. was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best workplaces for flexibility in the United States. Peckham came in 13th on the list, thanks to our combination of flexible workplace policies and a culture that encourages people to make the most of them.
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Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness® Announced

Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness® Announced

Sept. 6, 2018 – Warren, MI — Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness winners have just been announced.  The Best and Brightest in Wellness awards program is the premier program honoring organizations that are making their workplaces, their employees and the community a healthier place to live and work.

“Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to their employees’ wellbeing”, said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs. 
The winning companies will be honored at a prestigious symposium and awards gala on October 5, 2018 at The Henry Autograph Collection Hotel in Dearborn. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and an exhibit gallery with vendors to help wellness winners on their wellness journey. The program also includes an Interactive Morning Wake-up self-defense class and meditation. The educational sessions will include a panel on Mental Health in the Workplace, Rapid Fire Best Practice Wellness in the Workplace Case Studies, keynote address by Dan Miller, internationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert. There will also be a community project benefitting Ascension St. John Hospital Cancer Center’s food pantry and a special appearance by the Best and Brightest Service Dog, Spike!
Sponsors for the event include Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI, Corp! Magazine, WWJ NewsRadio 950, SynBella, Ascension St. John Hospital, Fitness Things, Ulliance, Quicken Loans, National Diagnostic Services, Michigan Wellness Council, Schupan and Sons, Inc, Consumers Credit Union and Dan Miller. 
Admission for the awards celebration and symposium is $145 for individuals. Tables for 10 are also available for $1350If you are interested in attending, sponsoring, advertising or exhibiting at the conference contact the Best and Brightest programs at 866-321-1822 or visit
The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers throughout Michigan. 

Wellness Employers
Air Lift Company
Ally Financial
Applied Imaging
Argent Group
Baudville Brands
Bell’s Brewery
Broder & Sachse Enterprise of Companies
Brooks Kushman P.C.
Carhartt Inc.
Cascade Engineering
Center for Financial Planning
Comfort Research
Consumers Credit Union
Crum & Forster
Custom Profile
DTE Energy
Easterseals Michigan
ELGA Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Farbman Group
General Dynamics Land Systems
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Great Expressions Dental Centers
Greenleaf Trust
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Henry Ford Health System
Herman Miller
Humanetics Innovative Solutions
Inteva Products
Lacks Enterprises Inc.
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Lake Trust Credit Union
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
MidMichigan Health
MMI Engineerred Solutions
MSU Federal Credit Union
Oakland County
OHM Advisors
Peckham Inc.
Perrigo Company
Progressive AE
Quicken Loans
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
Secure-24, LLC
Service Express
Southwest Michigan First
Studio C - Celebration Cinema
The Taubman Company
The Wiser Financial Group
United Shore
University of Michigan
Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultant
Wellness Providers to Corporations
44 North
Advantage Benefit Group
Austin Benefits Group
Cambridge Consulting Group
Edify North
Kapnick Insurance Group
Marsh & McLennan Agency, Michigan
Michigan Planners
Wellness Providers to Individuals
Wellness Providers to Individuals
Awaken Yoga Studio
Elite Body Training Studio
Goldfish Swim School Franchising
Olive Seed
The Tough Gym

Faith Based Organizations
Abundant Life Tabernacle
Aijalon Baptist Church
Chapel Hill Ministry
Christian Tabernacle Church
Family Victory Fellowship Church
Fellowship Chapel
Flowery Mount Baptist
Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
Historic Motor City Baptist Church
Holy Cross Missionary Baptist Church
Kadesh Missionary
Smith Chapel AME
Third New Hope Baptist Church
True Rock Church
Schools and School Districts
Bennett Elementary - Detroit
Public Schools
Cornerstone Health + Technology
High School
Dearborn Public Schools
East Middle School
Jefferson Elementary
Keith Elementary School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
New Haven Community School District
Roosevelt Elementary
St. Charles Borromeo
Y Detroit Innovation Academy
Non Profit
Community Network Services
Development Centers
Kalamazoo Regional Educational
Service Agency
Metro Detroit CLUW
MIU Men’s Health Foundation
Operation Fit - Bronson Battle Creek
Redirecting Youth to Strive for Excellence
Rhonda Walker Foundation
The Color of Autism Foundation