GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The SCORE on Northland Drive was packed with community members who came to celebrate the mission of Olivia’s Gift. Supporters had a ball while enjoying games, live music, island drinks, beach volleyball, a silent auction and beach cuisine. The live band was not the only musical entertainment of the evening, residents of Olivia’s Gift stole the show with modern and lyrical dance routines. See photos from the beach bash benefit at the link below.
Olivia’s Gift is a model for nonprofit residential living for adults with severe disabilities.The apartment style living was inspired by Olivia Henrickson, designed by her architect father and brought into being through generous support of many—family, friends, community, church, and the families of others with severe disabilities.
Olivia was three years old when a near-drowning left her unable to walk, talk, or care for her most basic needs. But she blossomed under the nurturance of home and the advanced therapeutic programs and equipment available in her public school. Today, as she reaches adulthood, her family—along with countless others like them—faces the next challenge in their journey. How to continue to provide the level of support, stimulation, and interaction that their children received in their schools, once they are no longer eligible for educational services.
The answer is Olivia’s Gift. A forward-thinking, apartment style living center at 5040 Cascade Road, Michigan. Olivia’s Gift is an inspiring, repeatable, and much-needed model for providing celebrated living for adults with serious disabilities.