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We were pleased to have two instructors from Reaching Higher as our guest speakers at lunch this week. Since 1997, the Reaching Higher program has worked with schools to help students learn how to instill confidence in themselves greatly impacting their ability to improve their relationships at home, school, and more importantly, with themselves, so they can manage their lives in a healthy way and reach their full potential. Reaching Higher has partnered with the Detroit Public schools, Royal Oak, Commerce, Brighton and other public and private schools bringing the program to hundreds of their students each year. 

Reaching Higher is designed as a curriculum program that provides tools for building a student's confidence level, overcoming limiting beliefs and moving toward their goals. Programs are offered in the middle school, high school and faith-based organizations, and most recently in probation programs at the 44th District Court in Royal Oak.

Lisa Bahm is a life-long Farmington Hills resident, and has 3 children in Farmington Public Schools. She and the people of Reaching Higher hope to bring this successful program to the Farmington School system, and are currently seeking foundation grants and other funding sources for scholarships.

Reaching Higher is a non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website at www.reachinghigherinc.org.

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Our guest for lunch this week was Mara Topper from Senior Counseling Services, LLC. The company was founded in 2001 to increase the well being and quality of life of seniors and home-bound individuals throughout the Southeastern Michigan area. They address issues such as depression, anxiety, isolation, and living with chronic illness.  Senior Counseling Services also provides coping strategies and therapy to deal with grief and loss, trauma, dementia, mental illness, and health issues.

Senior Counseling Services provides in-home mental health services across Southeastern Michigan including Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb County and Washtenaw Counties.Their therapists also visit clients to provide family and caregiver consultation and supportive counseling, crisis intervention and long-term care planning.

Michael J. Riley
(June 1, 1957 - February 20, 2010)

We are saddened to inform you that our good friend Mike Riley suffered a heart attack unexpectedly at home on February 20, 2010. Mike was an active member of our Xemplar Club, and one of the nicest people it has ever been our pleasure to know. He and his wife Maria have three children, Gary, John and Lisa. Mike leaves behind siblings Daniel, George (Marta), Kimberly (Eric), Bill (Andrea) and the late Gary. He is also survived by his parents, George and Dolores. The Riley family has been legendary in giving to our community, and there are no words to describe the sense of loss we feel, and how much Mike will be missed. Please keep Mike's family in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. There is a very nice article about Mike in the Farmington Observer this week.

Michael's family will receive guests at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 24th, from 2-8 PM, with a 7:00pm Scripture Service.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25th at 10:00am (in state 9:30) at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 23615 Power Road, Farmington. The Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley, and Reverend Fr. Loren O'Dea officiating.

Memorial tributes are suggested in Michael's memory to Angela Hospice, www.angelshospice.org, or American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

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