Breaking Barriers for the developmentally disabled

For more information on the programs listed below, please visit the Chaldean Community Foundation office, or contact us at (586) 722-7253.

Behavioral Health

Our Behavioral Health program supplies much-needed mental health referral services to refugees and others in Southeast Michigan. One of the core initiatives of this program is Breaking Barriers, which provides services and advocacy to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Facilitating group recreation events
  • Mediation with Michigan state agencies for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Referrals to other service providers
  • Respite for caregivers

Breaking Barriers Academy

Provides relief to unpaid caregivers of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disability by providing onsite programming developed to enrich the experiences of individuals served through skill building, physical fitness and socialization.


Acculturating to life in the United States is a daunting task for many refugees and low-income immigrants. It’s even harder for those that are blind and have visual impairments. The CCF encountered many such individuals who were interested in working and continuing their education but were in need of assistance with daily tasks. As a result, the CCF launched its Braille ESL Acculturation Mobility (BEAM) Project. BEAM is a collaboration among the CCF, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and the Macomb Literacy Partners. It’s an ESL program where participants learn to speak English and read through braille. The curriculum includes technology-based lessons for iPhone, IPad, and computers. Classes are taught on a group and individual basis.


The Hard of Hearing, ESL, American Sign Language, Life Skills (H.E.A.L) Project was created to help better equip members of the community that have hearing impairments to live independent lives. In this class, students learn English and American Sign Language. The goal for the student is to become literate. H.E.A.L Bible Study will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. A full schedule will be finalized at the first day of class. ASL Interpretation Masses are held at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 A.M.


The (C.H.A.I.) Caregiver Helping Aid Initiative Project is a project that helps to support the family caregiver in care provision and stress reduction.

Life Skills Center

Thomas M. Denha Main Street provides space for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers to have learning opportunities in real life settings to support the advancement of daily living skills, self-determination/interpersonal skill building and employment skill development.
  • The Wireless Vision Gymnasium – allows for fitness programs, recreation for developmentally disabled adults, and offers ample space for community events.
  • The Konja Family Art Studio – offers space for music, dance and art appreciation and expression.
  • Wild Bill’s Cantina – supports learning related to developing retail skills, marketing and merchandising.
  • Level One Bank – offers space for financial management and knowledge.
  • Supercuts Barber Shop – allows for workplace job shadowing, and programming focused on personal care. Stylists provide complimentary salon services for autistic children and developmentally disabled adults.
Individuals with disabilities
3,429 Individuals with disabilities served
Individuals with disabilities
5,313 Hours of respite, counseling & advocacy services provided