LEADERSHIP CHANGES!

Lifespire says farewell to CEO Mark van Voorst who is moving after 16 years with Lifespire. Mark is leaving Lifespire in the capable hands of our interim CEO Thomas Lydon. Tom brings deep experience and knowledge from his 30 years (and counting) at Lifespire, including the past decade as our COO!

HARVEST TIME!

It’s Fall and time for harvest! The Sam Tocker Horticulture Club at our Brooklyn Comprehensive Service Center had a successful gardening season, topped off by a bounty of vegetables – including eggplants, snap beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, and cucumbers!

Leaders

LIFESPIRE ADVOCATES!

Lifespire was invited along with other community leaders to attend a meeting with the Honorable Richard Thomas, Mayor of Mount Vernon, to discuss strategies for the protection of vulnerable populations in Mount Vernon, including people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Kenya Gadsden, Lifespire's residential program coordinator for our residence in Mount Vernon, attended the meeting and is pictured here with the Mayor.

Climbing

Keep Climbing!

Delta Airlines partnered with Lifespire’s Manhattan South Comprehensive Day Center to provide a tour of LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal, home of the Delta Shuttle. A number of our individuals had never experienced airport travel so although we did not fly off anywhere – they did get to go through security, practice boarding and watch some take offs and landings!

Golfer

Another Successful Fundraiser!

Despite the rainy weather, over 100 friends of Lifespire came to golf, eat, drink, celebrate and support Lifespire at the 17th Annual Lifespire Golf Classic. The efforts of those who were able to attend and those who championed us from afar resulted in over $200,000 raised to help the 5,000 adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities assisted by Lifespire reach their life goals of home, community and meaningful employment. We thank everyone for supporting our cause and we look forward to seeing old and new friends next summer at the 18th Annual Lifespire Golf Classic!

2017 NYC DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE

2017 NYC Disability Pride Parade

Over 100 Lifespire individuals, friends and families marched in the Third Annual New York City Disability Pride Parade to promote inclusion and increase awareness of people with disabilities. Over 8,000 people marched in the parade, which was led by Grand Marshall Micah Fowler, star of ABC’s hit series “Speechless.”

Lifespire Employees Receive Public Recognition

Edgar Sison received his Star Award at the IACNY Conference on June 9, and Joseline Negron, a Star Direct Support Professional and Gyan Ramchal, a star Front Line Supervisor, were honored at the NYADSP LI/NYC Star Awards Conference on May 26. Special shout out to Ivor Ramphal, Facility Director of John Cook CSC and to OPWDD’s Margaret Stadnicky, Deputy Director of Long Island Regional Office – Region 5.

Community Partner recieves Accolades

On June 6th ACRMD Product Plus held their first Annual Showcase of Products to the general public, businesses and non-for –profit organizations to assist in getting the agencies name known and to help employ people with Intellectual Disabilities. A proclamation was presented to ACRMD by Mr. Van Parish, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez office for its outstanding services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A Citation was also given to Augie Delerme for serving the needs of People with Disabilities for over thirty years.

Lifespire is committed to supporting people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities.

Lifespire is committed to supporting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in all aspects of their lives, including their active participation in politics. Several of our Comprehensive Service Center members participated in a recent rally to support better wages to direct support workers. We are fiercely proud of our individuals for their activism! #bFair2DirectCare

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LIFESPIRE 3rd Annual Bowl-A-THON

A great afternoon of bowling and fun - and fundraising for Lifespire's many programs that provide opportunities, supports and success for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities as they strive to reach their life goals! Congrats and many thanks to our honoree Jim Skinner of A&C Pest Management! Hope to see everyone next year at our 4th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

Lifespire is proud to announce partnership with Grace Institute

Grace Institute was originally staffed by the Sisters of Charity. The curriculum guide in 1898 listed cookery, millinery, child care, Red Cross, children’s sewing, and dressmaking as course offerings.

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Lifespire DSPs Honored at the NYC Direct Support Professional Conference

Marva Gumbs-Roberts and Maurice Hardison of Lifespire’s Gercek Residence were recently honored at the NYC Direct Support Professional (DSP) Conference held at Baruch College on November 6, 2015.

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Lifespire Presents at NYMRAD Community Leaders Day Meeting

Lifespire CEO Mark van Voorst and Director of Supported Employment Gillian Lebron presented at the New York Market Radio (NYMRAD) Community Leaders Day Meeting at the Manhattan Marriott Marquis.

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