Baxter International Foundation awards grant to LIFEDesigns for LIFE Mentor Volunteer program development

LIFEDesigns Media Contact
Stephanie Shelton, CDO 800-875-9615

Baxter Media Contact
William Rader, (224) 948-5353


BLOOMINGTON, Ind., November 20, 2017 – A more than $75,000 grant from the Baxter International Foundation will fund the development of a one-on-one mentor volunteer program at LIFEDesigns. The grant will support a program to recruit volunteers in and around Bloomington, IN, to mentor people with disabilities.

Baxter’s Bloomington facility also will partner with LIFEDesigns and encourage social involvement by their employees to benefit the community. Pre-screened volunteers will be paired with one customer of LIFEDesigns and guided through a process to encourage social growth and the development of natural relationships between people with disabilities and other community members. This program will be focused on improving holistic health for both the volunteers and LIFEDesigns customers involved in the program.

“Baxter is committed to supporting awareness and respect for those living with disabilities, advancing inclusion in our communities, and engaging employees through volunteerism,” said Stacey Eisen, President of the Baxter International Foundation and Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Baxter International Inc.  “To that end, we are pleased to support LIFEDesigns’ volunteer mentor program focused on empowering people living with disabilities to make healthy lifestyle choices and develop meaningful mentor-mentee relationships.”

The grant will fund the “LIFE Mentor Volunteer Program,” which is in its early stages of development. LIFEDesigns is hiring a full time “Community Connector” to lead the development of the program through implementation. The program will use best practices of existing mentorship volunteer programs, and focus the first volunteer pairings with customers who generally don’t have anyone in their lives to help support them.

“Inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities is a primary goal of LIFEDesigns. We are grateful for this partnership and the grant award from Baxter, which allows customers to develop natural friendships and focuses on improving their health and wellness,” said Vonnie Peischl, LIFEDesigns board President. “We welcome volunteers who may be interested in making new friends with customers of LIFEDesigns.”

There will be further announcements with new updates and details as the program is developed. Anyone interested in getting involved in this program should contact

About LIFEDesigns

LIFEDesigns believes that everyone deserves a home, job among their peers, and access to the community they live in. Everyone has abilities and deserves the opportunity to be valued for their contributions. Everyone deserves the opportunity to meet and make friends and to live in a diverse and welcoming community. The agency exists to provide the support and opportunities that people with disabilities need to achieve their goals. LIFEDesigns is a United Way Member Agency in Bartholomew, Lawrence, and Monroe Counties.

About Baxter and Baxter International Foundation

Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation are committed to saving and sustaining lives and creating healthier communities. Every day, Baxter employees strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on Baxter products, and in the communities where employees live and work. The company focuses on three core areas including improving access to healthcare; fostering tomorrow’s innovation and serving its communities. Baxter works closely with public and private partners around the world to ensure people have access to the healthcare they need, to develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing care, and to create long-lasting impact in Baxter’s communities. Baxter International Foundation supports initiatives and organizations that make a positive, lasting impact on increasing access to healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved. For more information, please visit

LIFEDesigns receives funding for Wheelchair Accessible Van


LIFEDesigns purchased a wheelchair accessible transport van last fall, thanks to funding received from the City of Bloomington’s Jack Hopkins Social Services Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation, and Bloomington’s Sunrise Rotary Club. This van now provides access to the community for about 140 people living in and around Monroe County. We expect this van will last for about 8 to 10 years, and over that time will meet the needs of over 180 people.

LIFEDesigns supports our customers to use public transportation when it is available to them, however people who live in rural areas, and want to travel at times or to locations where accessible transportation is not available are able to use this van to get where they need to go. This van has helped people get to work on time, visit family that lives out of town, and have access to community amenities they would not have otherwise been able to travel to.

Thank you so much to our grantors for this vehicle that has really made a difference in so many people’s lives!

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Crawford Apartments Award

Crawford Apartments Receives Award from Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

On October 1st, Crawford Apartments was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development. The award is highly distinguished, and LIFEDesigns was truly honored to accept this award with partner Shalom Community Center in recognition of their joint effort in Crawford Apartments.

The award recognizes organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to community development and affordable housing in Indiana. The awards spotlight developments that best provide affordable options in rental units for those Hoosiers who are traditionally underserved. Winning entries demonstrate a commitment to affordable housing as well as innovation and a spirit of cooperation.

Crawford Apartments are permanent affordable housing units for our most vulnerable community members.  Crawford has maintained a 100% stay rate over the past 6 months, which is extremely rare for this type of housing. Crawford supports its occupants by providing employment counseling, training and placement, continuing education, counseling, case management, addiction counseling and support, and nutrition and wellness education.

Hiring Summer Staff

LIFEDesigns loves summer!

Are you looking for a job just for the summer?

Do YOU want to get involved working with people with disabilities?

We have opportunities for you!


*Work for LIFEDesigns:

    • Part-time and full-time hours available
    • Paid training
    • Work as little or as much as you want
    • Work on your own schedule, we are VERY flexible
    • Work with people with disabilities and get PAID to do it!

Contact: Marianne Stemm, HR Director
Email: mstemm (at)
Phone: 812.332.9615

See our Careers Page for more info.

Annual Awards May 28th

The nominations are in! Customers, staff, donors, volunteers and community members have been nominated to recognize them for the work they have done with LIFEDesigns in 2013. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Annual Awards Ceremony on May 28the where you will find out the winners and all nominees will be recognized. This year will be a great celebration so come out and join the fun!
All are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:00pm

Seasons Lodge, Nashville, IN

Dinner will begin at 6:00pm and the Program at 6:45pm