Hopes and Dreams Gala

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Join us for our 3rd Annual Hopes and Dreams Gala

Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Place: Saint John’s Resort, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170

Featuring:

  • A Chef-curated Dinner
  • A Live and Silent Auction
  • Special Guest Emcee: Dan Miller
  • Music by: FiftyAmpFuse
Rachelle Vartanian
Rachelle Vartanian

Our Story

Living & Learning Enrichment Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Rachelle Vartanian. Rachelle graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching for the emotionally impaired. Right out of college, she worked at lock up center for adjudicated youth. She was passionate about this and worked with this population for over ten years. During this time, she went back to school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Personality & Development. She did this to better understand why so many of her students chose to behave in self destructive manners.

It was also during this time Rachelle was seeing signs of autism in her youngest son. When he was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she made the decision to go back to school and get a second Master’s Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Madonna University. It was also during this time, she started teaching high school special education in Farmington Public Schools.

Looking for social skills groups that would benefit her son brought her to the realization that there were few and far between. The ones that were available cost an exorbitant amount of money and had her driving forty-five minutes each way. She took it upon herself to create her own group locally. Every Sunday at 1pm, in a room she rented at the Farmington Public Library, she facilitated a group of like-minded individuals which they called Weamara (the initials of the original social skills group members) for almost two years.

She took a leap of faith and quit her job after being a special education teacher for 20 years when a buy-out was offered at the school district she worked at. Selling her family home of twenty years, drawing money from her retirement, and downsizing her life allowed Living & Learning to be born.

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