Meet Gary!

Gary has lived in institutions most of his life. He lived for many years in Tennessee, where he met a man named “Father Chad” who was married, and had a family of his own. When Father Chad was transferred to a church in Bloomington, IN, he and his family asked Gary to move with them to Bloomington. Gary was happy to make that move.  

Things became somewhat difficult for Father Chad and his wife to provide the support and care that Gary needed with their young children. In the 80’s, Gary first moved into supported living on his own with LIFEDesigns (Options at the time).  

Today, Gary lives on his own, receives support from staff, and worked for many years until he retired. Gary loves magic shows, magicians, magic tricks, and everything related. He is also very dedicated to his health, and attends a gym regularly. Gary also loves to make others laugh and has a great sense of humor (he’s even given many of our administrative staff nicknames that are quite unique)!

Because of your donations, we are able to provide a home for Gary. As a non-profit, we depend on donations to support our clients so they can live their most independent and fulfilled life with the help of our staff and services. Help us continue to provide support services to Gary and so many others by donating to our 40th Anniversary Campaign and pledge a one-time or monthly gift. 

Click here to donate! Thank you for supporting Gary and all of our clients at LIFEDesigns

New Employee Spotlight

Meet Robin!

We are so excited to welcome Robin Walker, new Community Relations Specialist, to our team! As the Community Relations Specialist, Robin will be promoting and enhancing community relationships of the agency throughout our service area. As part of the LIFEDesigns Development team, she will also assist with fundraising events and campaigns.  

Robin was born and raised in Central Florida. Her very first job was at the Walt Disney Company, where she worked in entertainment for 16 years. After Robin visited Bloomington, IN in 2006, she fell in love and relocated to Ellettsville, IN. Before accepting her position at LIFEDesigns, she was employed at Indiana University, working as the Assistance Director for the Cox Scholar Program for 14 years. Although she loved her prior career, Robin mentioned that her true passion has always been to “one day acquire a position where I might be able to work with and for individuals with disabilities”. 

Outside of work, Robin enjoys spending time with friends and family, supporting local bands, going on picnics, camping, collecting antiques, and supporting the Edgewood Marching Mustangs. She has 6 children, two of which have Autism, and 3 grandchildren that she loves to spend time with. As a mother of 2 autistic sons, Robin shared that she is very passionate about finding ways for her community to better support individuals with disabilities. 

Robin stated, “My goal in this new position as Community Relations Specialist is to make a difference while building stronger relationships with donors, planning engaging events, and strengthening LIFEDesigns’ partnerships within our community”.

We can’t wait to get started!

Meet Denny!

Denny has been with LIFEDesigns for about 8 years, where he receives housing, education and other support services. He loves sports, music, and is friendly and outgoing. He really enjoys motorcycles, old cars, old trucks, and Harley Davidson. What Denny wants more than anything right now is to save up enough money to buy a Harley Davidson jacket. He also has a great collection of music, records, and movies.  

He enjoys many sports teams, like the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Reds, Yankees, Red Sox, and is a human wrestling encyclopedia. 

Denny lives in a group home, provided by LIFEDesigns, where we make sure his food, shelter, and basic needs are taken care of. At LIFEDesigns, we believe a nice and safe place to call home should be a right, not a privilege. Quality affordable housing can be extremely difficult to find, especially for those living with a physical disability who need accessibility.

Our mission, vision, and values highlight the importance of people being able to access their community. You can read more about our support services at Services | LIFEDesigns (lifedesignsinc.org)

Meet Crystal

Crystal has been a client of LIFEDesigns for four years, receiving Employment Services that help her advance her career while pursuing her self-employed business of art and writing. Crystal recently started working for Baxter Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in Bloomington working with quality control to help with vaccines. She is excited that she will be making an impact on people’s lives that receive vaccines. She also started volunteering with the LIFEDesigns Development Committee and helps with marketing and promoting events. In her free time Crystal likes writing her book series that has already had three books published. Crystal also enjoys making jewelry, sewing, painting, makeup and photography. She hopes that she can use her art skills to make enough money to begin fostering kittens. She also wants to become a good writer, in hopes that fame may come from that.

With LIFEDesigns’ services, Crystal is able to work on her networking skills, receive advise about benefits, take classes to advance her technology and coding skills and get a job to continue living independently. Crystal feels that even in the short time she has been with LIFEDesigns that it has impacted so much of her life that it feels like she has been with LIFEDesigns forever. She hopes that anyone who needs help can get it from LIFEDesigns because of how wonderful and supportive it has been.   

In celebration of the 40th year anniversary of LIFEDesigns, Inc., we are launching this Annual Ornament Fundraiser! Make your contribution to LIFEDesigns for just $20, and receive a one-of-a-kind ornament. This 3.5×2.55 inch stainless steel ornament is cast by Indiana Metal Craft and features the artwork of Crystal M. and an engraved inscription. Click here to support Crystal and other LIFEDesigns clients by purchasing a one-of-a-kind ornament! 

 

Employee Spotlight

Meet Lee!

We are so excited to introduce LIFEDesigns’ new Scheduling Manager, Lee Rosser! As Scheduling Manager, Lee will be creating and maintaining staff shift schedules, along with providing support to ensure programmatic integrity to further our mission in partnering with and promoting independence to individuals with disabilities.

Outside of Lee’s work world, he wears many hats! Prior to his current career, Lee was a Professional Wrestler, known as PT Hustla. After 20 years in the professional wrestling business, he worked as a corporate chef in downtown Indianapolis for 10 years, where he also initiated his own brand, Chef Lee in Your Home (Facebook), and would assist in helping his clients host their own culinary event at home. On top of wrestling and cooking, Lee also participates in gaming, podcasting, physical fitness, collecting comic books (for 40 years), caring for his Guinee pigs & fish, and simply engaging in conversation with others about hobbies and being kind to others.

When interviewing Lee about his list of hobbies and talents, he said “Everything that I have pursued was for the immediate gratification of the individuals involved in a crowd to cheer the taste of food, but I knew it was time to make a difference, not moments”, which led him to a different career path. We are so thrilled to have Lee part of our LIFEDesigns team!

Meet Jason!

Jason smile

Jason was born in Bloomington, IN but lived in Odon, IN before moving to Norfolk, VA when he was just 7 weeks old. His father was in the US Navy and worked on the Richard E. Byrd, DDG23. Jason, however, considers Bloomfield, IN his hometown because that is where he went to grade school and met his best friend David. Jason’s Grandma & Grandpa also lived in Bloomfield and he loved visiting them and hunting and fishing with his grandpa.

LIFEDesigns has been part of Jason’s life since he was 16 or 17 after he was in a car wreck and caused him to have a traumatic brain injury. In 2016, the LIFEDesigns Employment Team helped Jason find a job at Texas Roadhouse, which he loves! He works about 6-7 hours every week and some of his responsibilities include cleaning, mopping and helping with other tasks in the kitchen. 

Jason dreams of having a family and living as normal life as possible.  He is closest to his Mother and Aunt Crystal. He also cares deeply for his family and friends. Jason likes to be independent and he is an excellent cook and if he couldn’t be a Professional Fisherman he would make a great Cook! When he’s not conjuring up interesting recipes he loves to eat steak, pizza or go for Chinese with mom. We are so proud of Jason and his accomplishments and we can’t wait to see what he does next!