Dignified Lifestlyes

“They don’t live in our workplace.  We work in their home.”

Man CookingA project of The Arc Michigan, Dignified Lifestyles is a unique program aimed at ensuring the dignity and inherent worth of each individual is maintained in all living environments.  The philosophy behind Dignified Lifestyles is that individuals deserve more than merely having basic needs met – that every person deserves to live in an environment that is emotionally secure and nourishing, as well. To ensure that people receiving services experience dignity in their living environment, trained volunteers visit residents on a regular basis.  Assuming that basic health and safety needs are met, the focus is on enhancing the quality of life for these individuals.  Are they able to make basic choices about how to spend their time, what to wear, when to go to bed at night, have visitors when they choose?  By partnering with group home managers and staff, the Dignified Lifestyles program works to remind everyone involved that a person’s home should always be a place of safety, dignity, and respect.

Sisters Holding HandsHow to become a Dignified Lifestyles Volunteer: Dignified Lifestyles is a great volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in advocating for the best possible living options for adults with developmental disabilities in the Dearborn and surrounding communities. To volunteer, please call The Arc Dearborn at 313-562-1787.