Job-A-Palooza 2019

JOB-A-PALOOZA

LIFEDesigns and Stone Belt proudly collaborated to create an event, funded by a grant from Duke Energy for $5,500. This allowed individuals with disabilities to try out a wide variety of jobs in one day. On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the Warehouse was open to Job-A-Palooza participants for a day to talk with local employers in different fields, try out different tasks and jobs from each business, and participate in mock interviews.

Throughout the day, participants were able to visit and chat with each employer at their booth. As part of the registration process, attendees were given a set of questions regarding their interest and abilities, and then matched with an employer that best fit with their responses. Mock interviews were also held during this time, where individuals had the opportunity to participate in an interview and was followed up with feedback from our mock interviewers.

Mayor's Proclamation

The City of Bloomington Mayor’s Proclamation was also read at the event, which stated the October 2019 as Disability Awareness Month in Bloomington, Indiana. A statement from the Proclamation: “WHEREAS, Bloomington is a model employer for individuals with disabilities, and understands that competitive employment in the community is the first and preferred outcome for all working-age people with disabilities.”

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Jake and Robert got to try out their skills at several different stations during this event, and learned some things they didn’t know before. Like many people, Jake was a bit hesitant to try many of the skills stations. Jake is an extremely outgoing person, and generally loves to be social. Yet, when it came to putting yourself out there and trying something new, it was a difficult challenge for him. Walking around the event for the first time, he decided he didn’t want to try any of the stations. Walking around a second time with Kristen to support him, he still didn’t want to try any of the stations…until he saw someone he knew at one of the stations. They waved him over and encouraged him to try the station out. When he was finished he saw his scoring, and when he saw how well he performed he got very excited. This led to him trying other stations, and generally exploring a lot of possibilities he never would have considered. There were many other stories similar to this where, someone discovered a job that they wouldn’t have previously considered. There were also several requests from businesses that they wanted to actually interview some of the candidates that they met through the event for open positions they currently have. Overall, this was a huge success and lots of fun for everyone involved.

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The employer lineup for the day included:

Stone Belt
LIFEDesigns
SCCAP
IU Health Community Health
U.S. Census Bureau
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community – Indiana University
Domino’s
AMC Theatres
Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy
Sazon Mexican Cuisine
My Sister’s Closet
Upland Brewing Company
Cook Medical
Kroger’s
Monroe County Humane Association
Callie & Company Entertainment
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
Chick Fil A
Community Ford Lincoln of Bloomington
Salt Creek Cycles
One World Catering
One World at Woolery Mill
Work To Include

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

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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

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(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!