April 2016 ALAP Meeting Recap

April’s ALAP potluck gathering saw several new faces and a double-feature on the presentation front.  First up was ALAP’s very own Rolf Von Walthausen who introduced us to Leelanau REACH (Resources for Economic and Accessible Community Housing), a non-profit 501(c)(3) housing corporation.  REACH is working on creative ways to address the documented shortfall of affordable housing in Leelanau county.  In fact, studies show the need for more than 1,000 owner-occupied or renter-occupied units there over the next five years.  The non-profit has successfully completed about a dozen projects throughout the county and is working to facilitate improved collaboration between private, public, and non-profit entities.  We discussed some initial ideas around how private investors like those of us in ALAP might be able to get involved with project funding and hope to continue the discussion at a future meeting.  Those interested in directly contacting Rolf to learn more can email him at pianowork@yahoo.com.

After Rolf, we heard from Alice Brydges, a movement therapist who is a certified practioner of the Feldenkrais Methdod.  Alice shared with us her discovery of a newer type of low-intensity light therapy developed in Canada that is used to treat a variety of  health conditions.  Her vision is to develop an alternative treatment center in Northern Michigan which combines Feldenkrais treatments, medical massage, light therapy and other lesser known modalities to serve those with neurological difficulties, muscular-skeletal dysfunction, and chronic pain.  Alice has clear passion for her clients and is excited about the potential to bring a broader range of alternative treatments to the area.  She is looking for partners to help her develop a sustainable business model and bring her vision to reality.  To learn more, contact Alice at abrydges@onebox.com.

ALAP will meet again for a potluck meeting in May before taking off the summer months.  We have at least one speaker confirmed (TBA) and will send along further details in the weeks ahead.   Enjoy the great spring weather and see you in a few weeks!