Success Stories

 

From a Life of Homelessness and Despair to one of Optimism and Healing

It seems like Ashley had been in crisis her whole life, growing up in foster care, attempting multiple suicides after losing custody of her children, and enduring numerous psychiatric hospitalizations for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

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Sometimes all It takes is Someone to Listen

Abby, 36, was moved to a local nursing home for rehabilitation services following surgery. As her discharge date got closer, Abby, who has developmental disabilities, informed her Sunflower program specialist that she would not return to the apartment where she lived independently with supports; she wanted to live at the nursing home. Why would someone opt to live in a nursing care facility when she had lived semi- independently in her own apartment before?

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Sharing His Story: Advocating for Ability

Tim was born with cerebral palsy and his parents were told early on that he would never walk and that he even might not survive infancy. Tim proved them wrong.

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Brandon finds his "Forever Home" through LifeShare's Services, Support, and Advocacy

From group homes, institutions, and multiple foster home placements never lasting more than three months, Brandon spent two successful years with LifeShare supports through the organization’s Therapeutic Foster Care program. Then that magic moment came for 13-year-old Brandon when he was adopted and found his “forever home.”
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Being a LifeShare Home Provider — Enhancing the Quality of Life for Individuals and Families

For New Hampshire LifeShare home provider Michelle Dean, the best one word of advice she offers to individuals, couples, or families considering opening their home to a person with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/.DD) and/or other challenges, is “rewarding.” 

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LifeShare's Targeted Case Management Services enhance the quality of life for one young Woman in Distress

Twenty-five-year-old Domanekia understood there were challenges in her life on which she needed to work, but depression and anxiety kept her isolated in her bedroom following the death of her mother, with whom she and her siblings lived in a Tampa apartment.

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Project SEARCH: High School Transition that Works!

(Kansas) - With one year of high school remaining, James was bored working at the sheltered workshop that was part of the high school program developed with his IEP team. That same plan was also to be part of his senior year. More sheltered workshop.

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The Empowering Relief of Independence

 What would you do if you felt that you could no longer assist your child with a disability?
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Jessica Loves Her Self-Determined Life

Jessica works 26 hours a week at Home Depot as a customer service representative and loves her job. She’s received commendations.
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It's All About Quality of Life

 “We decided to become a provider with LifeShare to enhance the life and lifestyle of an individual and to make a real impact on the quality of life for them,” said Kevin. “It is an opportunity to share our home and environment with individuals who are in need of direct care.”

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"Part of life is not only developing our own selves but also being of service to others"

Being helpful to another individual brings great joy to Jennifer L. For the individual who lives with her, it has meant becoming a member of a family and being encouraged to develop her own skills, enjoy life, and reach out for more opportunities.

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When you use your head, anything is possible

Tom Owens is a man on a mission. Now a locally acclaimed artist, Tom was born 59 years ago with cerebral palsy and is unable to fully use his hands, painting his stunning nature watercolors wearing a hat on his head to which a binder clip with a brush is attached. Not your typical artist.

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For this young woman, the road to independence is a competitively paid job

Debra is a 33-year-old-woman living a full life who just happens to have some intellectual challenges.

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It takes a team — and some lift — to bring home and community access back to this young man

The only way Jacob, a wheelchair user, accesses the main living areas of his home and goes outside is to use the lift that was donated to his family several years ago. Then it stopped working and Jacob’s worst fears came to light: He would not able to access the main level of his home where his family spent time and ate meals together — and more importantly — he would be at risk in the event of a fire.

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It's no longer an emergency for Jane

Jane D. was not unknown to the local emergency room. And she had a history of asking strangers to dial 911.

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Making a difference in a young man's life through LifeShare Foster Care

Seventeen-year-old Allan, who has moderate intellectual disabilities and is autistic, had a long history of behaviors that included running away, self-injury, scratching, and hitting. His parents, who were not well, could no longer meet his needs or care for him.

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LifeShare's Goal of Competitive Employment Benefits both the Employer and the Individual

LifeShare has become a leader in the competitive employment of individuals with disabilities. An incredible 51% of individuals the organization serves hold competitively paid jobs. The national average for integrated, competitive employment for individuals who have intellectual/developmental disabilities, according to StateDate.info, is 18%.

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A Win-Win for Northwood Diner

When you walk into Northwood Diner on Mondays, you may see a blurred rush by, a very tall blur, but a blur of action nonetheless. It’s James Dean, the Monday dishwasher who whisks away dirty dishes almost before they hit the bottom of the gray dish containers located strategically around the diner. 

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