Community Care Circles
Calling all people with a disability or chronic illness living in the Detroit area! Calling all caregivers
of a person with a disability or chronic illness - family, friend, aide, teacher, loved one or professional!
We invite you to join our process of exploring, listening, supporting, sharing, healing, reflecting, and transforming our lives in a community with others doing the same.
Do you need assistance and resources for a more balanced life?
Are you tired or feeling stressed from your day-to-day struggles in Detroit?
Do you want to expand your support system and be a part of a caring community?
Are you ready to share stories and strategies in a safe space?
Do you want to have fun and meet new people?
Our monthly Community Care Circles launched August 18, 2019 and will continue to meet the 3rd Sunday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. at Delray Senior Housing, 275 W Grand Blvd. in Detroit. ASL interpretation available upon request.
UPDATE: Typically, we meet at Delray Senior Housing, but due to safety concerns during the COVID 19 pandemic, we are meeting virtually instead.
Upcoming dates are April 19th, May 17th, June 7th, June 21st.
Each month Community Care Circle participants can participate in wellness support provided by Healing by Choice!
Healing by Choice! is a women of color health, healing, and wellness collective based in Detroit. We believe that each person is an expert of their own experience, body, and needs. Healing by Choice! offers our gifts in wellness modalities such as: massage, Reiki, deep listening, and ear acupuncture to give you an experience of stress relief and relaxation. We offer interactive workshops on self-care techniques, deep listening, conflict resolution tools, herbal allies, and guided imagery to create a space for each of us to share our gifts so that we all have additional tools for living more whole and fulfilled lives.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact us using the form below.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Meet Our Facilitators
Rhiannon "Rhi" Chester
Rhi is a Detroit native social justice advocate, culturally rooted media maker and healing practitioner that has been involved in various grassroots movements working towards rights, liberation and freedom. She is particularly interested in the intersectionality of the impact of systems of oppression and identity and culture as a source of power. Rhi examines this source through art, dialogue, workshops and more. She has been living into the ways her body is different and finding life within and beyond perceived & actual limitations.
Will is a cultural worker and MC from Detroit (Will See). He worked in various roles at the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) including Youth Organizer, Climate Justice Director, and Leadership team. He served as a Local Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum, organizing to host 20,000+ community change agents to 5 days of workshops, panels, concerts, and work projects.
He is passionate for making soundtracks of resistance that touch mind, body, and spirit. He is the author of justice anthems such as “Day 2 Day Struggle” "Take tha House Back” and “La Shish” His music is available at http://willseemusic.bandcamp.com/
He has been negotiating kidney failure since 1990 and has survived lymphoma, heart failure, and other physical ailments.
Susan Ruma, LMSW
Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience counseling individuals and families with an emphasis on adolescent mental health issues. She received her Master’s Degree from The University of Michigan in 2003. While in graduate school, Susan helped facilitate groups focused on cultural diversity as well as LGBTQ inclusion. As a previous pediatric social worker, Susan also has experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with medical conditions and helping them, as well as their family members, manage the stressors and changes associated with medical issues or a disability.
Cynthia is a mother, nurse, community gardener, licensed massage therapist and certified shiatsu practitioner. She also teaches deep listening partnerships that assist in healing deep, early hurts that have systematically stripped us of our full humanity and undermined our connection with all beings. Her love of people shows up in her day to day life through accompaniment, listening, playing, facilitating creative solutions to problems, as well as in her body work practice. She understands that spirit, mind and heart are innately intertwined and are always working toward a balance of energy/homeostasis.