What got us started
JACK’S PLACE began as an idea by Jimmie and Lisa Price. Jimmie, current broadcaster and former player for the Detroit Tigers and his wife Lisa learned about Autism after several visits to several doctors who were unable to make an accurate diagnosis. After finally receiving an accurate assessment of their son they began a difficult journey to find resources that would allow them to be best prepared for the years ahead. Little education or support services were available. Few people in the community understood what Autism was and what they were going through. After experiencing first hand the difficulties of finding support and resources for their own son, the Prices wanted to establish a vehicle for families to gain access to existing resources and to create additional services that aren’t currently being provided to families who are affected by autism. It wasn’t long after they began sharing their vision that they gained the support of other parents who have felt their own frustrations with the lack of support, education and services available for their families.
What JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation is all about
JACK’S PLACE is a 501(c)3 created by parents who have had first hand experience with the difficulty of accessing resources and information on Autism. Recognizing the importance of early diagnosis, daily care assistance and the eventual need for long term care, JACK’S PLACE intends to provide families who are affected by Autism services for persons at any age with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) through a comprehensive menu of supportive, educational and referral services.
We do not advocate for any particular treatment option or therapy. Rather, we act as a single source to provide families with needed support services, community initiatives, grants, scholarships, and referrals. We constantly seek ways to raise autism awareness. Our long-term goal is to create a facility that will provide living skills training and long-term living.
JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing support, education, compassion, and a comprehensive array of services to help families cope with the “day to day” challenges of autism. It is our mission to improve the quality of life for individuals impacted by autism spectrum disorder.
Beginnings of JACK’S PLACE
In September 2002, co-founders Jim and Lisa Price in the name of their then seven-year-old son Jackson who is autistic established JACK’S PLACE. Jim Price is a former Tigers catcher with the 1968 World Series Champions and voice of the Detroit Tigers. The Prices, backed by a powerful group of sports and community leaders, are directing community efforts to address the growing needs of autism. The group has already received support from the Detroit Tigers organization, the Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, The Private Bank, United Auto Workers and General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Local 4 WDIV/Detroit, Henry Ford Health Systems, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and numerous other Metro Detroit groups. JACK’S PLACE is a metro Detroit non-profit foundation. Its goal is to help families with loved ones who are impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
State-of-the-art Autism Center
JACK’S PLACE Foundation formed a partnership with Oakland University in March 2004, providing funds in excess of $1,200,000 as well as the blue print to deliver programming, support groups, seminars, workshops and counseling for families, a referral network to locate qualified health care specialist familiar with autism, and programs or camp activities for autistic children and adults.
JACK’S PLACE continues to expand programming in southeastern Michigan, and to focus on our most important goals to provide a Life Skills Center and an Independent and Assisted Living Facility
IN OUR PAST
2002 Jim and Lisa Price create JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation
2003 JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation holds its first event at a Pistons basketball game, with 175 participants
2004 The Detroit Red Wings held a private practice for 160 participants, as well as lunch with team members
2004 – 2007 JACK’S PLACE and Oakland University form a partnership, providing $1.2 million in funding
2005 – 2013 JACK’S PLACE, Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Community Initiative, and The Detroit Tigers hosted Autism Awareness Day at Comerica Park. 4,500 participants over last 9 years and 3rd oldest Autism Awareness Day in MLB
2005, 2006, 2007 Family Fun Day held at Oakland University with over 2,000 combined participants. Over 400 participants per year in programming designed and funded by JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation at Oakland University
2012, 2013, 420 participants in “Putting the Pieces Together” Family Fun Day in partnership with The Guidance Center of Southgate. More than $86,125 in scholarships and grants to partners or program providers
2016 JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation and the Downriver YMCA hold Trunk or Treat Halloween Family Fun Day, which saw over 800 attendees
To date, more than 9,500 participants in programming and outings provided by JACK’S PLACE for Autism Foundation.