Life At Flat Rock….
“I gave my son birth, but Flat Rock gave him life.”
Flat Rock serves individuals through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian Values. We operate a 36 Bed Care Center and 18 Community Group Homes. We serve individuals through our vocational Day Support workshop and our residents and community children are welcome at the Flat Rock Educational Center. Our outstanding services show that through Christ-centered care, and a team based approach, that our residents and clients meet and exceed expectations that the society places on them.
Family is a critical component of our mission and ministry. Many residents go home for weekends and overnight visits, and most will spend some time with their families over holidays. We encourage family members to be as involved as they are able with the ongoing care and treatment of their loved one. Several times each year Flat Rock creates opportunities for families to be involved in activities with their family member who resides here. One great treat that happens every October is our Halloween party. Siblings and parents are encouraged to join their resident for a hayride, dancing and Trick or Treating. End of the summer picnics and Christmas dinners in the gymnasium add to the family’s memories of their child as the child grows among us. The special athlete’s race during our annual Race at the Rock benefit each April is also a time for family, friends and staff to celebrate the incredible achievements of each of our individuals.
While it is true that the children and young adults at the Flat Rock Care Center spend the majority of their time with us, our staff does not replace their parents. Parents are deeply involved in their child’s treatment and meet with Flat Rock Staff several times throughout the year. At these meetings, the child’s progress is discussed and a strategy for the coming months is developed. The majority of the Care Center residents go home for major holidays, and many visit for birthdays or for several weeks in the summer. Parents are always welcome to come to campus and be as involved with the child as they are able.
Perhaps best describing the relationship of gratitude and shared support of the family and the staff of Flat Rock is the statement of a mother who spoke in a public gathering about her son’s life at Flat Rock. She said, “I gave my son birth, but Flat Rock gave him life.” The family members of two young brothers who live at Flat Rock Homes recently remarked,
“Flat Rock is the best thing we could imagine for these boys on this side of heaven.”