LIFEDesigns Presents a Toast of the Town Series Sponsored by nimboIP

June 6th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LIFEDesigns presents a Toast of the Town tasting series sponsored by nimboIP. The event series will feature 3 tasting events held at Oliver Winery (June 30th), Cardinal Spirits (July 27th), and Upland Brewing Company (August 24th). Each event will offer a tour and guided tasting to guests with special VIP experiences.

The events are open to the public and ticketed. Tickets are available online through LIFEDesigns website “lifedesignsinc.org”. Individual tasting tickets are priced at $25 and a series tickets will be $70. All proceeds from this event will benefit LIFEDesigns programs to support people with disabilities to live more independently.

This event series is made possible by the generous support of nimboIP to LIFEDesigns. As the premier sponsor and a partner of LIFEDesigns, they’re honored to welcome the community to attend these tasteful events. Bill Thompson, founding partner of nimboIP, states, “LIFEDesigns has been a valuable nimboIP customer for nearly a decade. We are privileged to serve them in a vital technology role so that they can continue to accomplish their critical mission in so many Central Indiana communities. We are proud to be partnered with them for the Toast of the Town tasting series.”

About LIFEDesigns: LIFEDesigns believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in their own home, work in the community, and meet and make friends. We serve over 450 people with disabilities across 5 counties in South Central Indiana. We employ over 220 employees. Our primary focus in our programs is to provide staff supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote their independence. LIFEDesigns is a United Way Member agency in Bartholomew and Monroe Counties. To learn more about LIFEDesigns and how you can be involved through community service, visit lifedesignsinc.org.

Contact: Stephanie Shelton, (800) 875-9615 | sshelton@lifedesignsinc.org

About nimboIP: nimboIP is an Indianapolis, Indiana based Managed Service Provider in the telecommunications industry specializing in business to business voice, data and cloud application solutions. We serve small, medium and enterprise customers throughout the State of Indiana and select surrounding states. We are currently celebrating our 30th year in business proudly serving our customers. Our unique technology platforms allow us to customize solutions to suit individual customer needs. We offer all of our services with a 100% Performance Guarantee, a 90 day no risk trial, and no contracts to sign. All of our services are flexible, easily scaled, locally supported and designed to meet the everyday technology rigors so that any business can compete in today’s marketplace. To learn more visit us at www.nimboip.com or call us for anything at 1 (800) 293-2127.

Contact: Bill Thompson, (812) 727-3700 | bill@btelsolutions.com

LIFEDesigns Hosts “Job-A-Palooza” Event Granted by Duke Energy

check for job a palloza

May 23, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LIFEDesigns hosts “Job-A-Palooza” event, granted by DUKE Energy, a career development and skills workshop for individuals with disabilities. Duke Energy Foundation awarded LIFEDesigns a grant of $5,500 to fund this event. This is a partnership between LIFEDesgins and Stone Belt to bring together employers and job seekers. The Job-A-Palooza event will be held at TheWarehouse in Bloomington, Indiana and will take place on October 23, 2019. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. We expect a workshop like this will significantly increase the efficiency of the process of skills assessments for individuals participating in LIFEDesigns or Stone Belt’s Employment Services programs. The skills workshop will include actual work experience stations set up by local businesses to provide hands-on assessments. Job seekers will also participate in mock interviews at the event.

LIFEDesigns and Stone Belt work directly with individuals with disabilities seeking employment to find jobs in the community where they can develop relationships, communication skills, and a natural support network. Job-A-Palooza will provide the opportunity for job seekers to explore multiple skills and give them a more focused job search; therefore, a job faster.

About LIFEDesigns: LIFEDesigns believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in their own home, work in the community, and meet and make friends. We serve over 450 clients across 5 counties in South Central Indiana. We employ over 220 employees. Our primary focus in our programs is to provide staff supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote their independence. LIFEDesigns is a United Way Member agency in Bartholomew and Monroe Counties. To learn more about LIFEDesigns and how you can be involved through community service, visit lifedesignsinc.org.

Contact: Russell Bonanno, Chief Executive Officer, (800) 875-6551 | rbananno@lifedesignsinc.org

About Duke Energy Foundation: The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students and excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all.

In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation invests approximately $2 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.

Contact: Lew Middleton (317) 838-1505 or 24 Hour: (800) 559-3853

LIFEDesigns Announces T-Shirt Designs Contest for 2020 Month of Chocolate

June 2, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LIFEDesigns announces T-Shirt Design Contest for 2020 Month of Chocolate.

Every February, LIFEDesigns hosts a community-wide festival previously known as the Week of Chocolate. This year, the popular series celebrates its 23rd year and is taking on a new name to better represent its growth. The event series has grown substantially in the past few years, enough to include the entire month of February in the event schedule. In this beloved series, multiple events give local nonprofit organizations an opportunity to spread awareness about their causes while bringing people and businesses together with a sweet touch of chocolate.

In 2020, in collaboration with the Bloomington Watercolor Society, LIFEDesigns will print and sell t-shirts as part of the Month of Chocolate. The t-shirt contest is open to artists of all ages, including students. The winning design will focus on the Month of Chocolate and include the artist’s unique, original work.

Details:

1. The design must include the words, “Month of Chocolate.”

2. The design must be original to the artist.

3. The design will be printed in one color – White on Purple – on the front of the shirt.

4. The printable area is 10” w x 12” h.

5. The artist’s signature should be included on the design.

6. Submissions must be in high resolution PDF format.

7. Entry form available at lifedesignsinc.org.

8. The winning entry will receive $100 cash prize, a free t-shirt printed with their design, and credit given in various printed and media materials.

9. Entry Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019. 10. Submit entries via email to art@lifedesignsinc.org

11. The artist must include their name, phone, mailing address, email address, website, and a brief statement about how LIFEDesigns and Month of Chocolate inspired their creative design.

About LIFEDesigns: LIFEDesigns believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in their own home, work in the community, and meet and make friends. We serve over 450 clients across 5 counties in South Central Indiana. We employ over 220 employees. Our primary focus in our programs is to provide staff supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote their independence. LIFEDesigns is a United Way Member agency in Bartholomew and Monroe Counties. To learn more about LIFEDesigns and how you can be involved through community service, visit lifedesignsinc.org. Contact: Stephanie Shelton (800) 875-9615 | sshelton@lifedesignsinc.org

About Bloomington Watercolor Society: The Bloomington Watercolor Society (BWS) welcomes artists of all skill levels, offering encouragement and instruction through monthly meetings and programs, and many other artistic activities. For more information, link to www.bloomingtonwatercolor.org.

Contact: Jeanne Ellen Dutton, Jeanne.dutton@att.net

Groundbreaking at Switchyard Apartments

russ at switchyard apt

(Russell Bonanno on the far left)

 

Our CEO, Russell Bonanno, attended the ceremony for Switchyard Apartments as a representative of LIFEDesigns on Monday, April 22, 2019. LIFEDesigns proudly partners with South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities to ensure the new Switchyard Development will meet the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This new development will open many opportunities for not only our clients, but the community of Bloomington, Indiana.

The executive director of SCIHO, Deborah Myerson, said “Switchyard Apartments will create an opportunity for low-income households in Bloomington to live in a vibrant community setting. This project supports Bloomington’s need for affordable housing by creating eight new affordable housing units to low-income households who earn 50% to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI/0, or $26,075 – $50,050 per year.”

LIFEDesigns was grateful to be apart of this celebration and we can’t wait to see what’s to come of this amazing project! For more information about Switchyard Apartments, click here!

Advocating in the Community

Our Director of Community Services, Brandi Hamilton, is featured in the recent Stone Belt newsletter! Brandi, along with Hope Kaser from IU Athletics, have been working on an interactive training program for employees about disability awareness. Thank you Brandi for your continuous advocation for promoting independence for people with disabilities and getting the community informed and aware!

brandi in stonebelt newsletter

Bloomington Moose Lodge presents the Week of Chocolate!

moose donation check picture

Front (left to right): Russ Bonanno LIFEDesigns CEO, Wayne Watson Moose Administrator, Dan Boruff Moose Officer, Rick Flick Moose Officer
Back (left to right): Vern Hageman Moose Govenor, Chuck Flanders Moose Officer, Rusty Shields Moose Officer, Chuck Elliott Moose Officer
Not Pictured: Bobby Tegeler, Danny Hollars (both Moose Officers)

December 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bloomington Moose Lodge #1081 and LIFEDesigns presents the Week of Chocolate! The Bloomington Moose Lodge #1081 is the Week of Chocolate King of Cakes Sponsor and donates $10,000 to LIFEDesigns to promote independence for people with disabilities.

The Week of Chocolate is scheduled for February 1 through 17th, 2019. LIFEDesigns and the Bloomington Moose Lodge partner to host the Art of Chocolate on Feb. 9th, at the Indiana Memorial Union. The party will feature a Mardi Gras theme complete with dinner, appetizers, and chocolate dessert tasting offered by some of our local chefs. Chefs confirmed for the 2019 dessert tasting are IMU, Bloomington Chocolate Company, Sugar Daddy’s Cakes and Catering, and Jack’s Donuts. More chefs will be announced at the event. Additionally, local artist Kurt Larsen will be painting chocolate on a live model during the event! Join the fun of a live auction as you enjoy a New Orlean’s creole themed dinner at the Art of Chocolate.

Other events during the series feature We Paint…The Blues at The Vault at Gallery Mortgage and Chocolate Prom at Rhino’s Youth Center on February 1, The Sweet Life at Osmon Chiropractic Center on February 2, Chocolate Bingo at the Bloomington Moose Lodge on February 11th, a Murder Mystery at Gentry Park on February 13th, Cocoa Couture Fashion Show on February 15, and WonderLab After Dark: Chocolate on February 16th. Check out weekofchocolate.com for more event details. Several other local businesses also played a major role in supporting the Week of Chocolate to be possible, including: Baugh Fine Print and Mailing, Bloomington Watercolor Society, Gallery Mortgage, Lamar Advertising, and the Bloomington Chocolate Company.

About The Bloomington Moose Lodge #1081: The Moose is a Family Fraternity non-profit international organization that raises money for Moose Heart a home for orphaned children, and Moose Haven a retirement community for their members. The Bloomington Moose Lodge welcomes new members, and is open to the public for Bingo on Mondays. They serve lunch daily, and dinner Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Breakfast is every other Saturday. For more information about the Bloomington Lodge, visit their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BtownMooseLodge/