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.
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 Shock, The Private Bank, UAW 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