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Improving the Lives of Children with Physical Disabilities

Bay Cliff is a therapy and wellness center located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that has served children with every kind of orthopedic, speech, hearing and visual disability for over 80 years.

Through an intensive seven-week summer program that combines daily therapy with traditional camp activities, campers learn to become more independent and are inspired to believe in themselves and their potential.

Bay Cliff is a place where special children of all abilities are able to pursue their hopes and dreams!

Our Story
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OUR MISSION & VALUES

Bay Cliff Mission

Mission

For over eighty years, our primary mission has been to improve the lives of children with physical disabilities. Today, Bay Cliff is a therapy and wellness center serving children with every kind of orthopedic, speech, hearing and visual disability. Through an intensive summer program of daily therapy and traditional camp activities, children learn to become more independent and are inspired to believe in themselves and their potential. Bay Cliff is the place where special children of all abilities are able to pursue their hopes and dreams!

Our Values: Independence

Independence

Our program of therapy and camping fun helps children with physical disabilities learn skills to live fuller more independent lives.

Our Values: Respect

Respect

We provide an environment steeped in acceptance, rich with therapy, and profound in loving encouragement.

Our Values: Growth

Growth

The experiences at Bay Cliff change the lives of the children, and
the children end up changing the lives of those who guide them.

EVERYTHING IS THERAPY
AT BAY CLIFF

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Janet Pinar
Janet PinarOffice Manager
Martha Smith-Process, LBSW
Martha Smith-Process, LBSWChildren's Services Director
Clare Lutgen, EdD
Clare Lutgen, EdDExecutive Director
Theresa (Tree) Palmer, MS, OTRL
Theresa (Tree) Palmer, MS, OTRLTherapy Director
Ben Talarico
Ben TalaricoMedia & Grant Coordinator
John Webb
John WebbActivities Director

BAY CLIFF STORIES

Together we make all the difference

Alumni

Every time I cross the bridge, I feel the Bay Cliff spirit that has been here since the beginning in 1934, and is still here!

Growing Up

My experiences at Bay Cliff have taught me how to face challenges head on and given me the tools to know how to overcome them.

Building Bridges

I believe for children today it is so important to get an education. It's even more important for children with disabilities.

EXPERIENCE
BAY CLIFF CAMP

Bay Cliff is a place apart…where children and adults with physical disabilities learn to believe in themselves, strive for fuller lives, and realize their dreams.

HOW WILL YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Everyone from healthcare and education professionals to camp staff come together each summer at Bay Cliff to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. If you’re ready to help, click the button below.

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