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Target opening: Spring 2018

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Status: Planning and Fundraising

Contact: Lisa Kocab at detroit@gigisplayhouse.org

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Our Story: We are so excited to open GiGi’s Playhouse in Detroit, Michigan! The effort to bring a GiGi’s Playhouse to Detroit is being spearheaded by families and individuals who love someone with Down syndrome.  We are excited to be able to offer a physical location where children and adults with Down syndrome can be their best of all and reach their full potential. Not only will our playhouse support the needs of families with young children, but it will provide a much needed space with targeted programming for the adults with Down syndrome in our area.

GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s Playhouse offers programs focused on building skills in children of all ages, while GiGi University offers programs focused on building skills in young adults and adults. GiGi’s uses research-based curriculum that works toward improving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills. GiGi’s was established 13 years ago and has 31 locations across the United States and in Mexico. There are also several Playhouses coming soon, including Detroit, MI!

Through GiGi’s, we will be able to provide a physical location for families and individuals to participate in social, therapeutic, and educational programs, such as tutoring, sibling groups, playgroups, music classes, cooking classes, and more. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome have a unique ability to touch someone’s heart and change their life in a positive way. We believe that every person with Down syndrome can make a big difference in the lives of their families, friends, and community! Through GiGi’s Playhouse and GiGi University, we want to empower individuals with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and be the best they can be!

Sign up for our Newsletter: If you are interested in GiGi’s Detroit, sign up for our newsletter here.

Take our Survey: GiGi’s will be able to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families through offering a variety of programs. Please take our survey to tell us about your family, children, and programs that would benefit your family the most. Take the Survey here

Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GiGisPlayhouseDetroit/

Cercan Tile presents…

A Fashionable Gala Celebrating the Upside of Down Syndrome
To benefit the opening of GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit

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Individuals who are rocking an extra chromosome will be rocking the runway to showcase the latest in fashion from Beautiful Beginnings and Angels Boutique.

We will also have a room set up to demonstrate what a GiGi’s Playhouse will look like and what it will offer for families in Metro Detroit.

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We are so excited to announce that the Lingenfelter Collection will be hosting our kickoff fundraising event to bring a GiGi’s Playhouse to the Motor City.  Check back for more details!

Volunteers: GiGi's wouldn't be able to run without volunteers! Opening and running a successful playhouse requires the time and dedication of many, including family members, friends, therapists, and members of the community. We are looking for volunteers to do a variety of tasks, including cleaning toys, providing one-on-one tutoring, leading programs, and a number of other jobs that help to support the playhouse. If you are interested, we would love to get to know you and have you volunteer alongside us. Please email us at Detroit@gigisplayhouse.org for more information.

Donations: We offer all programs to families for free, so any donation helps. GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Additionally, as we get closer to opening the Playhouse, we will have a list of specific items that we would love to have donated, such as furniture, toys, therapy supplies, construction services, and educational materials. We will continue to update the site and will share that list in the coming months. Thank you for your support!

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