Teddy bears delivered to young patients at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton

Paragon Support Systems delivers stuffed teddy bears

TRENTON, Mich. – Beaumont Hospital in Trenton got a special delivery of teddy bears from the Downriver nonprofit organization Paragon Support Systems.

Paragon Support Systems is a 501c(3) nonprofit that provides vocational, social, residential and respite services for people with developmental disabilities in Wayne County. It has over 130 clients using the service.

"We do art, pet therapy, music and also we have a drama club," said Val Kaiser, the executive director and founder of the organization.

The consumers benefit from the programs and are also able to get out into the community.

Michelle Campbell is a consumer who dreams of having her own talk show with one of the other consumers, Terreance Tate.

"How about the Michelle and Terreance show?" Campbell suggested as a name of the show.

Tate also talked about some of his personal struggles, including losing his mother and needing a wheelchair-accessible van.

"Sadly I lost my mother due to some medical issues she had before she went to heaven," he said.

One of Paragon Support Systems' programs is making the bears to deliver to Beaumont Hospital in Trenton.

"It helps the patient and the family feel more comfortable when they're going through a traumatic event," said Bill Sweet, a clinical manager at Beaumont Health who helps run the program.

The consumers also believe the partnership is important to help the younger patients during their hospital stay.

There is currently a waiting list to participate in the programs at Paragon Support Systems.

You can donate to Paragon Support Systems here or visit the organization's Facebook page here.

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