A Strong Partnership

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On Cory Ln in Bloomington sits a big brown lodge that tends to go unnoticed. Known as the Moose Lodge, this space may be one of the best kept secrets of Bloomington. While LIFEDesigns has many donors to be thankful for, we would like to highlight one of our biggest supporters, The Moose Lodge. The Moose Lodge is an international, family-friendly fraternity that holds several fun events for its members such as bingo and poker nights! With the slogan, “a burden heavy to one is borne lightly to many”, the Lodge’s focus is on philanthropy. The Local Order of the Lodge gives most of their proceeds to their orphanage MooseHeart and to the needs of the local community.  

The Moose Lodge has graciously partnered with LIFEDesigns for several initiatives. The Moose is one of LIFEDesigns biggest cash sponsors with an annual gift of $10k for the Art of Chocolate, $1250 for the golf scramble, and numerous other donations to projects. In addition, the Lodge lets LIFEDesigns use their space free of charge for employee meetings, parties, and daily client lunches. The Lodge has also hired many clients as kitchen and janitorial employees. When asked about the partnership between LIFEDesigns and the Moose Lodge, Governor Vern Hageman replied, “LIFEDesigns and our Lodge have the same mission. We both want to do something good for someone each day. We once had a client work here who didn’t socialize but now he says hi to everyone in the morning. The Moose is a safe place.”  

 

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!