Amy Chumah has joined the staff of the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan's Independent Living (IL) program.
"The IL program seeks to provide independent living options and supports for people based on the services of their choosing," said Steven Locke, Executive Director of the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan. "The IL program works closely with people receiving CMH services, VA services and those who choose community-based living over a nursing facility. Amy will be providing Support Coordination services to people in Saginaw County through a contract with the community mental health authority."
Chumah received her Bachelor of Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University. She has dedicated her professional life to working with people; helping them to live as independently as possible. She previously worked at the Arnold Center and as a case manager at Saginaw Psychological Services.
“I got into social work for one simple reason: the people,” said Chumah. “As a social worker I get to meet people from all walks of life and from various cultural backgrounds. But no matter the culture or background, we all want to live independently and, as an advocate for people with disabilities, I get to work with them to achieve that goal. What’s better than that?”
Chumah has a true passion for culture and community. In her spare time, she has volunteered at the Odyssey House in Saginaw and the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw. She also enjoys spending time with her two children, exploring Michigan’s outdoors, experimenting with cultural cuisine, and travelling home to New York City.
Disability Network’s IL program provides an array of services to those seeking a better, more independent, quality of life. The benefits of independent living to the consumer are many and as varied as the people themselves. The IL program provides supports, requested by an individual, in order to ensure that individual has full access to his or her community.
For more information, please visit www.dnmm.org or call 989-835-4041.