ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Human Services Club held a Health and Wellness Fair for students and the community on Tuesday at Bay College. This event, which is the first of its kind, was created thanks to a group of students determined to find ways to improve their community.
After noticing a large number of students weren't aware of the services they could receive regarding their health, the club decided to do something about it.
"We came up with this fair,” said Kyle Kelly, the President of the Human Services Club at Bay College.
Kelly admits he didn't know he could receive services for his disability.
"Michigan Rehabilitation Services, they work with people with disabilities. There's also a separate entity called Blind Services for Blind people for the State of Michigan,” he explained.
Kelly had no clue this existed. But when he found out about it, Kelly says it changed his life.
"Being able to receive services through that has really helped me not just to be more independent, but also academically as well."
Kelly figured other students might be in the same position as he once found himself.
So, being a part of the Human Services Club, a group focused on improving the community, he proposed the idea to his organization, and they were all on board with bringing a Health and Wellness Fair to campus.
"We came up with the fact that so many students have barriers, and then we realized aren't just going through these problems, but their families as well. We just want to address every barrier whether it's in our community of Bay College, the community at large, whatever barriers there are ... there are agencies here that can meet and assist,” explained Kelly.
"This is all about the community coming together, not only in community members and in students, but also are institutions and agencies around the community coming together to really embrace health and wellness, what we can do as people in order to understand,” said Dan Hall, the Human Services Club Coordinator at Bay College.
Before the school year ends, the Human Services Club hopes to return to the Besse Center at Bay College to put on an even bigger event not only for the students, but also for the entire community.