25 Years of Service

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We want to give a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our long time employee, Todd Wagner! Todd recently celebrated 25 years of service at LIFEDesigns. This past week, Terry Patterson, the present Chair on the LIFEDesigns Board of Directors, delivered Todd’s award.

We are so thankful for the dedication Todd has shown to our agency all these years and the care and support he provides to our clients every day. He is a true role model for all Direct Support Professionals and we are lucky to have him on our team. Thank you, Todd, for all you do. Cheers to 25 years!

 

Meet David!

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Meet David!

David became LIFEDesigns’ new Director of Behavioral Services in October of 2020. This is a new position at LIFEDesigns, and we are so excited to have David on our team! As a director, he oversees meeting with our clients to review their records and provides training for employees on certain interventions and behavioral sports plans. He said that the most rewarding part of his job is to “observe clients being proud of themselves because they are able to do things or communicate when they were not previously able to do it on their own”. David’s career goal is to create a behavioral sports department that helps clients with maladaptive behaviors to easier access resources in their community and to also develop staff training that teach them how to cope and handle different behaviors. By doing this, David aims to reduce staff turnover as well as to improve the experience of our clients and employees.

David graduated from Indiana University with an undergraduate in Sociology and attended Ball State, where he achieved a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. David also has a board certificate on behavior analysis and was previously working in an autism clinic. In the past, he worked as a DSP, Team Manager and Service Coordinator in 2006 at LIFEDesigns and mentioned that he admires how our staff treated clients with respect and dignity. He decided to work again for LIFEDesigns because he believes in our mission of helping people with disabilities by providing services that allow them to become independent and be active members of our community.

David is very passionate about working with people of any age to help them make changes that would impact their lives and the lives of their family. During his free time, he enjoys training his dogs, participate in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, traveling, and eating at new restaurants. An interesting fact about David is that he helped to pass legislation for scooters in our county and that he helps to run the polls to make sure that everyone votes and understand the importance of their participation. We are extremely excited about having David on our team!

Use Your Power

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Make your voice heard! If you are registered to vote, make sure to do so this election. As an American citizen, it is your right to vote and take action in what you believe in. Check out the resources below for more information on disability voting rights and current state issues:

 

2020 Realtor Fund Grant

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We are so excited to announce we have been awarded the 2020 Realtor Fund Grant of $1,024 from the Bloomington Board of Realtors! This grant will help us provide PPE equipment to our staff and clients. We are beyond thankful for this opportunity, as this helps ensure the safety of our employees and individuals we serve. Thank you, BBR!

Golf For Independence 2020

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Fundraising events play a significant role at LIFEDesigns. They help raise funds for our programs and also give us the opportunity to meet with people and other organizations in our community we otherwise may have never met before. These events are a great and fun way to give and get an enjoyable experience in return for everyone involved!

We hosted our 4th Annual Golf Scramble on September 17, 2020 at the Bloomington Country Club and it was a huge success! We had 18 teams participate this year, which helped us raise a little over $10,000 net profit for our agency. We are thrilled we were still able to safely host this event, despite the challenges of the pandemic and social distancing restrictions. The day of the event was beautiful and everyone had an enjoyable experience. This event would not have been achievable without our sponsors, donors, volunteers and the Bloomington Country Club (check out our golf scramble page to see our 2020 sponsors). We are so grateful to have so many relationships, partnerships and supporters within our community.

The German American Bank team is holding on to the winning title, as they placed first in the tournament for a second year in a row! They never fail to show true kindness and generosity, as they donated their prize money back to LIFEDesigns. The Hula Hole is also a long-time favorite at the golf scramble, as everyone gets a kick out of seeing a teammate dress up in a hula skirt and coconut shells! We had so many wonderful donations for our raffle prizes and we thank everyone who participated in the 50/50 raffle and other activities at the scramble. Thanks to everyone for being a part of this event and helping us provide, support and promote independence for individuals with disabilities. We hope to see you again next year!

For photos of the Golf Scramble, check out our Facebook Page.