LIFESPAN offices will be closed on July 4, 2017 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
The 3rd annual Flair for Fair Fashion show will be held on June 3.
The campaign will involve 40 stakeholders from across the state who agree to raise $5,000 by February, 2014. Are you up for the challenge?
Mosaic is opening the doors of the studio to the public for an art show entitled “I Love the Queen City.”
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport hosted the 6th Annual Runway 5K event on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Proceeds from the event will support the CAET program at LIFESPAN. Over 2,300 participants registered for the event and over 25 LIFESPAN volunteers arrived early to assist airport staff with preparations for race day. Our dedicated volunteers arrived at 5:00 a.m. ready and excited about making this a successful event. Our volunteers assisted with parking, setting up refreshment tables, providing water to the runners/walkers, all while offering encouragement to participants as they crossed the finish line. The weather was very cooperative and the event guaranteed runners and walkers of all ages’ up-close views of the airport runway, airplanes, aircraft activity and much more. For the first time, teams were able to register to run together and compete for more than 50 awards. This included the top overall male and female runners, baby joggers and teams for all age groups. The Runway 5K event was another opportunity for our individuals that we serve to demonstrate their ability vs their disability. Our CAET team consists of 20+ years of experience working with individuals with developmental “abilities”. The CAET model incorporates individualized, integrated, person-centered, vocational, and creative community- based activities for the individuals that we serve. The overall goal is to support individuals so they can realize their hopes and dreams by empowering them to become as independent as possible so they can live, work, and play in their communities. LIFESPAN has a wonderful partnership with the airport team and are very grateful for their continued support. On behalf of the CAET Team we would like to thank everyone who helped and participated in the event!
Happy Anniversary, LIFESPAN! Today, our agency will celebrate 39 years of supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across North Carolina. Next year, will mark our 40th anniversary and we plan to celebrate in many ways to mark this great accomplishment. LIFESPAN has decided to produce a book of photographs illustrating the “Seasons of LIFESPAN” featuring portraits of individuals, staff members, caregivers, parents and donors. In order to carry out this project, LIFESPAN has partnered with David Johnson and his company “Silent Images” (www.silentimages.org). David was a former English teacher in Charlotte NC, who left teaching to do full time international work. He is the president and founder of Silent Images and specializes in documentary photography. Over the next year, David will be teaching photography classes to LIFESPAN staff and individuals across the state in hope of capturing many candid moments through the lens of the camera from Alamance to Haywood counties. I plan to provide progress updates via the LIFESPAN blog about the book project and possibly include a few “sneak previews” along the way. I hope you are as excited about the book project as we are at LIFESPAN. The possibilities are endless…including book sales, traveling exhibits, and book signings. This will be a great way to share the stories of those we support in a new way – one that will have an everlasting effect on our mission, our stakeholders and most importantly, the individuals we support across the state. Stay tuned… Lori Avery Senior Director of Development
Today we are breaking ground for the George Andreve Gardens and Greenhouse at the LCC Guilford location. We are thrilled to have received funding from the George Andreve Foundation to support the garden and greenhouse project! This will allow our horticulture program to thrive and provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn additional skills and gain knowledge about various plants. It is our hope to engage the community with our efforts by hosting volunteers to help build the greenhouse, create garden paths and assist with planting. Please visit our program and come grow with us!
The Creative Campus in Albemarle hosted its 5th Annual Prom on Friday, May 18th, 2012. The Stanly Creative Campus hosted the prom at the Disabled American Veterans Building. The theme this year was Greek and Roman Times. Individuals, family members, staff, and other local providers were all in attendance. The night consisted of dancing to music provided by DJ Jeff, light refreshments, and good company. We want to send a big thank you to Brenda Moore, Alice Davis, Belinda Maudlin, Amanda Whitley, and everyone else who made this year a success.
LIFESPAN Circle School, through partnership with North Carolina’s Department of Human and Health Services’ 2011-12 Kids Eat Smart Move More, and Surry County partnerships, is launching an evening of activities and learning projects for children, child care employees, families, implementing best practices related to childhood obesity prevention by encouraging good nutrition and increased physical activity. LIFESPAN will host an Open House on May 1st from 6 to 8 pm at the Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy with the community invited to attend. Charles the Chef will present a smoothie demonstration that introduces a kid-friendly recipe. The demonstration will place emphasis on the nutritional quality of the ingredients used and the parts of the body they benefit. A one-minute animated episode of “Charles the Chef” will be shared offering helpful tips about a particular vegetable or fruit. Recipe cards and memory activity cards will be given to all participants. A fitness component with fitness techniques activities for children will be featured in the gymnasium. We hope you can join us!