Last June, after nearly 25 years at its main campus in Mason, Origami Rehabilitation opened the doors to its new campus, Origami West, in Delta Township.
The nonprofit helps children and adults with neurological, developmental, mental health and orthopedic conditions through inpatient and outpatient programs. By expanding to a second campus, Origami President and CEO Tammy Hannah said the company hoped to increase the volume and accessibility of its services in the area.
“Our outpatient services had grown to a point where we just reached our capacity at our main location and we opened up a new satellite outpatient clinic on the west side of Lansing,” Hannah said.
Origami West, located at 137 S Marketplace Blvd, was named Delta Township business of the month for February. Collin Mays is the community and economic development director for Delta Charter Township and chooses the business of the month with recommendations from community and township board members.
“They’re certainly a strong partner in the community and we wanted to feature them,” Mays said of Origami.
Hannah emphasized the importance of community outreach for the company. She said Origami offers tours of both campuses, which are currently held virtually due to the pandemic. The tours highlight the work that Origami is doing and share success stories of clients who have been able to “get back to doing the things that they love” after recovery.
“Being that our expertise is working with individuals with brain injuries… people never expect to need our services,” Hannah said. “You never expect to be in a car accident, have a brain injury and need to come to Origami Rehab. But our hope at Origami is that people know about us and know what we do so that if they or a loved one need our help, they know where to go to receive the best care.”
Hannah said the tours and stories attract employees, interns and volunteers who want to be part of Origami’s efforts. Kara Christy, the occupational therapy clinical supervisor for Origami, said the Lansing location is experiencing plenty of this growth, and has doubled its therapist staff since opening.
“The clientele that is coming to us has been so great that we’ve exceeded our expectations already for the first year within those first six to seven months,” Christy said. “I don’t see it slowing down at all.”
Mays said he hopes other Delta Township businesses and potential employees will connect through the business of the month initiative.
“I think Origami, as well as all of our businesses here in Delta Township, provide a unique pathway for our residents that are in need of certain services, as well as our residents that are in need of employment,” Mays said. “I mean, there’s a huge demand right now for workers and businesses that we featured throughout our business of the month profiles are looking for employees.”
Delta Township has been highlighting businesses for the past year and the past selections can be found online at https://www.deltami.gov/business/business_of_the_month.php. Mays said he would like to get the community more involved in selecting the businesses to be featured. He asks that readers feel free to share Business of the Month recommendations with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.