Higher Ground is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Royal Oak, Michigan providing a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan. The organization was founded by 2002 by Rick Henning, who received a "Spirit of Detroit Award" from the Detroit City Council in 2007, in part for his work on Higher Ground. Contents 1 Support activities 1.1 Monday Night Discussion, 1.2 Guest Speakers, 1.3 Annual Retreat, 1.4 Annual Blanket Drive for AIDS, 1.5 Movie Night, 1.6 Hatha Yoga, 1.7 Reiki, , 2 Sources, 3 External links, Support activities: The organization offers many support services to persons living with HIV-AIDS. Monday Night Discussion: This is the primary function of the organization. It opens with a guided meditation, afterward everyone is encouraged to participate in discussion and to assist each other in the resolution of personal challenges. Topics of discussion often include new diagnosis, status disclosure, friends/family/workplace, doctor relationships, medication choices, dating/relationships, economic/insurance conflicts and long term challenges. Guest Speakers: Featured almost monthly they coincide with a member potluck dinner. Previous speaker topics focused on the spiritual and physical aspect of life with HIV/AIDS and covering topics such as: Accupunture, Buddhist Meditation by The Muddy Water Zen Center, Financial Planning by Advisor Reid Beyerlein, Kabbalah, Nutrition by Holistic Practitioner Stefan Brink, Legal Issues by The Law Office of Kendra S. Kleber, Annual Retreat: Occurs each spring or fall, depending on schedules. Previous retreats were held at Kettunen Center in 2006, Double JJ Ranch in 2007, Ronora Lodge in 2008, and Retreat Center in 2009. Members participate in activities with others also living with HIV/AIDS and have previously included: Art projects, Campfire discussion, Dance therapy, Group meditation, Horseback Riding, Ice Cream Social, Laughter Exercise, Massage, Nature walks, Paddle boating, Personal Growth Workshops, T'ai chi, Team Building Exercises, Yoga, Annual Blanket Drive for AIDS: Higher Ground members are encouraged to give back to the community. Blankets are collected during the Holiday season by Higher Ground volunteers. About two dozens agencies have benefited including: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Ruth Ellis Center, Movie Night: Periodic selections are based on applications to living with HIV-AIDS. Previous viewing among others have included: Deepak Chopra's Body Mind And Soul, Girl Positive, Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, The Secret (2006 film), The 24th Day, Hatha Yoga: Hatha Yoga practice is held on Thursday evenings for persons with HIV-AIDS. Reiki: Reiki practice is occasionally held in conjunction with the Monday night support meeting. Sources: 2007 IRS tax form 990 public record, Between The Lines Newspaper November 13th, 2008, Pride Source June Banquet 2007 Spirit Of Detroit Award recipients, CW50 TV News Events, WDET 101.9 FM Radio Events, Michigan HIV News October 2008, Royal Oak Mirror News November 16th, 2008, City Of Detroit Health Department World AIDS Day Event Press Release November 25th, 2008, Soho Bar Fund Raiser Event Metro Times 2008, Detroit Free Press December 7th, 2008, 93.9 FM The River Detroit Radio 2007 Blanket Drive support, World AIDS Day Campaign 2006, Oakland County Mental Health Agencies And Organizations, Red Ribbon Bowl To Throw A Strike For HIV/AIDS, Between The Lines, March 5th, 2009, FGI gundraiser, Hometown Life News November 12th, 2009

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