Tri-Kappa Community Garden

On Friday April 29th, LIFEDesigns hosted a ribbon cutting in conjunction with The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the dedication of our new neighborhood garden that was funded by a 2021 Tri-Kappa Bloomington Grant. This grant was funded to help us build a community garden for the neighborhood of Housing Options off Covey Ln. in Bloomington. Housing Options is a low-income housing neighborhood owned and operated by LIFEDesigns near the YMCA in Bloomington, IN. Area residents will be able to use the garden to work on their gardening skills and promote a sense of community.

LIFEDesigns would like to give special thanks to Garrett and Casey Mangum for helping to design and build the garden. Casey is a member of the LIFEDesigns ?sponsored ALL Abilities Choir and is a testament to not limiting people and their abilities.

Anyone in the Bloomington community is welcomed to visit the garden and plant seeds! We are thrilled to welcome this opportunity to our clients and community.

Visit the Tri Kappa Garden at 1826 S. Covey Ln., Bloomington, IN 47401

 

Meet the Regional Director of Residential Services, Byron Turner!

Meet Byron!

Byron Turner is the Regional Director of Residential Services and has been with LIFEDesigns since February 2022. Byron is an individual that cares deeply for the well-being of those around him. Byron’s path through life has been unorthodox, providing him with experience ranging from business, education, politics, and community organizing/service. With a passion for servant leadership, Byron currently serves his community as a Commissioner on the Monroe County Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Commission and as a Commissioner for the City of Bloomington Community Development and Block Grant Citizen’s Advisory Commission. Byron formerly served as a Commissioner on the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Black Males, President of the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, Board Member for Indiana Coalition for Public Education – Monroe County and Beacon Inc. Byron’s dedication derives from his long-standing belief in the common good. 

We are thrilled to welcome Byron to the LIFEDesigns team and fill this essential position with such a hard working & reliable individual! 

Meet our HR Recruitment Specialist, Eddie Barrueta!

(Re)Meet our New HR Recruitment Specialist!

We are thrilled to re-introduce LIFEDesigns HR Recruitment Specialist, Eddie Barrueta! Although Eddie is not a new member of LIFEDesigns, he has been promoted as our full-time recruiter. His role as the HR Recruitment Specialist includes building a strong workforce that will mentor and provide compassionate support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while working to further the agency mission: “Partnering with people of all ages and abilities to lead meaningful and active lives.”  

Eddie has been employed with LIFEDesigns for over 2 years as a Direct Support Professional and a member of the HR team. Eddie has shown great dedication to our agency and we could not be more excited to have him participate as a full time employee here in the office.

Thank you, Eddie, for all you have done and continue to do for our agency. If you have any questions about recruitment, retention, or joining our team here at LIFEDesigns, give Eddie a call!

Meet Ryan!

Meet LIFEDesigns Client, Ryan!

Ryan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. He has an amazing memory, especially when it comes to dates and numbers. LIFEDesigns provides both supported living and employment services. In June 2020, with the help of LIFEDesigns, Ryan was able to move into his own apartment. Through his employment services, he has two jobs. He just celebrated six years with AMC and started a new position back in March 2021 with The Graduate Hotel. When Ryan isn’t busy working, he spends his time practicing to become a ventriloquist and has a massive VHS and DVD collection. He currently owns 10 ventriloquist dolls which he has on display in his apartment. Ryan dreams of owning a Dalmatian one day and naming him Timmy. He also dreams of finding his true love, getting married, and having a family of his own. When asked, if he could pick one place to visit where would that be, he says he would love to go to Antarctica where there is lots of snow and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. 

Because of the services we provide to Ryan, he has been able to achieve a great deal of independence! Having a job and living on your own takes courage and accountability, and we could not be more proud of Ryan and all that he has accomplished. If you are able give & want to help people like Ryan continue on their path of success, please consider making a donation to help us further our mission in partnering with & promoting independence for people with disabilities. 

Meet Janet C!

Meet LIFEDesigns Client, Janet C!

Janet C.  has been living in Housing Options for over 20 years. With her disability, she needed a home that was able to accommodate using her wheel chair.  Janet’s apartment has a lowered mirror in the bathroom and lowered rods in the closets. Janet has nothing but good things to say about living in housing options. She is just glad that 20 years ago, the housing authority suggested she look into Housing Options. She has met many friends living there, and is looking forward to utilizing the accessible community garden this spring. 

Because of the services LIFEDesigns provides for Janet, she has been able to live comfortably in her own home and create an environment where she feels safe. We are honored to provide an accessible home for Janet and many others who need our services to achieve their independence. If you find you are able to give and would like to donate to help us continue providing services to our community, click here!

 

Orginizational Facts Regarding the LIFEDesigns & DSI Merge

Both LIFEDesigns and DSI have been providing support services to individuals with disabilities for many years. Just last year, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary of partnering with & promoting independence for people with disabilities. Developmental Services, Inc., or better known as DSI, was established in 1975 and provides early intervention for infants and toddlers, residential living options, job training, placement and follow-along, respite care, family support, and individualized community-based services. DSI serves over 40 counties in Southern Indiana with 11 facility locations, and headquarters in Columbus, Indiana. 

With both agencies experienced in providing essential support to those in need, we are completely confident that this merge will only benefit both the clients we serve, their family members & guardians, and our staff. If you have questions regarding the merge, please see the Orginizational facts below:

• LIFEDesigns and DSI entered this partnership as two successful, financially healthy organizations

• This is a proactive step to ensure sustainability of both organizations well into the future

• No employment or programs have been eliminated as a result

• LIFEDesigns will remain in their respective communities and continue to provide the high quality services the disabled population is accustomed to receiving

• LIFEDesigns and DSI will continue to use their respective logos

• LIFEDesigns and DSI will continue to operate under their respective mission and visions

• Donations for each organization will remain in their local communities

• LIFEDesigns and DSI boards will remain intact

• Clients, caregivers, and families have not had and will not have a disruption in services, or feel any effects from this partnership

For any questions, please contact ceo@lifedesignsinc.org

Click here to visit DSI’s website.