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6457 Sprinkle HomeLife, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of our newest HomeLife, Inc. program in May 2016. This program is located at 6457 North Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo, MI 49004. It will be licensed by the State of Michigan as a six bed Specialized Residential Adult Foster Care home.  Similar to other Homelife, Inc. locations, this program will serve individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or traumatic brain injury. The “Sprinkle Road” Program was specifically renovated to offer six individual bedrooms, and is located in a rural area of north-east Kalamazoo close to the Gull Road shopping area. HomeLife, Inc. has been providing specialized services for individuals with challenging needs for over twenty years. This home marks the eleventh program operated by HomeLife, Inc. in the greater Kalamazoo area.  HomeLife, Inc. has a three year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  Please click the Sprinkle Road Announcement link below, for more details and pictures of this specialized program.  Our Mission is “People caring for people!”

Sprinkle Road Announcement

 

HomeLife, Inc. is pleased to announce the Summer 2014 opening of of our newest Home Program. This home is now open, and is located at 10745 South 12th Street, in Schoolcraft, MI. It is licensed by the State of Michigan as a six bed Specialized Residential Adult Foster Care home. Similar to other Homelife, Inc. locations, this Home Program will serve individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or brain injury. With a mission of “people caring for people”, homes are accredited as Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs by the nationally recognized Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The “12th Street-Brick” Home Program was specifically renovated to offer six individual bedrooms, and is located next door to our existing “12th Street” Home Program. The name “12th Street Brick” has been coined to distinguish between this new location, and our next door neighbors at the original “12th Street” Home Program. Please click the 12th Street Brick Announcement link below, for more details and pictures of this specialized accessible home. HomeLife, Inc. has been providing specialized services for individuals with challenging needs for over seventeen years.This home marks the tenth program operated by HomeLife, Inc. in the greater Kalamazoo area.

12th Street Brick Announcement

 

Kalamazoo, MI — March 17, 2014 — CARF International announced that HomeLife, Inc. has earned its highest accreditation level for a period of three years for its Psychosocial Residential Treatment (Adult) programs. The latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to HomeLife, Inc. in its nearly 18 years of operation.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

HomeLife, Inc. operated by co-founders Barry Bruns and Scott Christ provides services in nine residential home programs in Kalamazoo. This includes one home program which opens the date of this press release. The tenth home program is scheduled for opening in June of this year. Their objective is to provide high quality care in an home environment to persons with Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities or Brain Injury. HomeLife’s vision and values include the provision of stable and optimal care that dignifies the persons served as individuals, while meeting their unique needs.

“This accomplishment marks the continued commitment to quality care by all HomeLife, Inc. employees,” Christ said. “We were also pleased and humbled to have received so many positive surveyor comments about our strengths,” Christ continued, “specifically regarding the professional, enthusiastic and compassionate care provided by HomeLife, Inc. staff.” This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, while remaining measurable, transparent, and accountable. The CARF Summary Report can be viewed via our website at www.talkhome.net.

For more information, contact Scott Christ at (269) 373-5919, call 888 825-5466, or to view our CARF Survey Summary Report, click here: CARF Summary Report 2014

 

HomeLife, Inc. is pleased to announce a new Home Program scheduled to open in March 2014.  This home located at 691 West Bridge Street in Plainwell, MI is licensed by the State of Michigan as a twelve bed Specialized Residential Adult Foster Care facility. The home will serve individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and or brain injury.  HomeLife, Inc. has been providing services for individuals with challenging needs for over seventeen years.  This home is the ninth program operated by HomeLife in the greater Kalamazoo area.  With a mission of “people caring for people”, all homes are accredited as Psychosocial  Rehabilitation Programs by the nationally recognized Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Bridge Street Home Program was specifically designed and built to accommodate the needs of individual’s served.  Please click the New Home Announcement link for more information.

 

New Home Announcement

 

HomeLife Scott ChristKalamazoo, MI: HomeLife, Inc. of Kalamazoo, with an office in Battle Creek, announced today that four of its employees were appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Michigan Quality Council (MQC); two of those employees returned to the council as Senior Examiners.  The following employees are congratulated for their appointment to the 2013 MQC Board of Examiners: President and co-owner Barry Bruns, MS (8 years on council, 5 as a Senior Examiner); Home Manager Eli DeLeon, MA, NCC (6 years on council, 2 years as a senior Examiner); Assistant Home Manager Jennifer Rubbelke, MA (3 years on council); and Assistant Home Manager Meagan Gilbert, BA (3 years on council)

The Michigan Quality Council was developed in 1993 by leading Michigan organizations and the State of Michigan, to promote performance excellence practices among business, education, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. The mission of the Michigan Quality Council is to assist organizations to improve their quality and performance by using the National Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The highly developed Baldrige Criteria consists of standards, guidelines and concepts that focus on guiding organizations to achieve their best results. This is a quality journey, moving organizations towards realizing the best outcomes for customers and all stakeholders. HomeLife, Inc. has taken the health care criteria and applied it to the daily operations of the organization in an effort to improve services for the individuals living in HomeLife Home Programs. Standards and criteria also apply to the engagement of employees providing care, further promoting the organization’s mission of “People Caring for People.”

MQC examiners volunteer their time to evaluate organizations and provide feedback on strengths as well as improvement areas, by identifying and promoting best practices, providing professional development, recognizing exemplary performance, and providing consultation in partnership with other professionals from a variety of industries.  For more information, visit www.michiganquality.org

As 2013 Quality Council examiners, these four employees will participate throughout the next year in the performance reviews of organizations in Michigan, assisting to determine recipients of the highest quality award in the state, the Michigan Quality Leadership Award. During these reviews, examiners utilize key performance criteria from seven categories including Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Analysis, Workforce, Operations and Results. Organizations are given feedback that identifies areas of strength as well as opportunities for improvement.   This Michigan award was developed based on the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and many organizations awarded this honor go on to apply for the national award. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is our nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance.  Among these honored organizations is Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI; winners of the 2006 National Award.

As stated by HomeLife, Inc. President, Barry Bruns, “The Malcolm Baldrige criteria provide a useful framework for analyzing and improving our services.  As examiners, we get to see best practices of other organizations, and observe how mature, well organized companies operate.  Also, it helps us think creatively and innovate new approaches within our own organization,” Bruns continued, “Having so many key employees who understand the Baldrige criteria give all of us a common understanding of this important performance excellence model.”

In previous years several other HomeLife managers have served on the Michigan Quality Council including: Vice President and co-owner Scott Christ, BA (2 years), Program Director Kevin Steve, BA (2 years), Behavior Analyst Joel Parish, MA, BCBA (2 years), Referral Coordinator Kristen Brekke, BA (2 years), Business Office Manager Cate Pederson, BSW (2 years), Assistant Home Manager Emily Taylor, MA, BCBA, LLP(2 years), and Home Manager Janette Brown, BS (1 year).


HomeLife, Inc. was established in 1996 by co-owners Barry Bruns and Scott Christ with a vision to provide care in a home environment to individuals recovering from the long-term effects of brain injury, mental illness and developmental disabilities. A key HomeLife objective is to ensure quality services for individuals, by utilizing a Systematic Approach at all eight Kalamazoo, MI Home Programs. This Systematic Approach, promoted by the Baldrige criteria, ensures that all regulatory, contractual and accreditation requirements are consistently fulfilled with a high level of accuracy. HomeLife, Inc. is also accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) as a “Residential Treatment: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program”.

For more information, please contact Scott Christ, Vice President at (269) 373-5919 or toll free at (888) 825-5466; or visit www.talkhome.net

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