Final Day- bONUS
August 08, 2017
BENEFITING: LIFE SERVICES ALTERNATIVES INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 11, 2017
Studies show that 1 in 6 children in the United States will have one or more developmental disabilities. These children can experience a normal lifestyle through special education in public schools, developing life skills and interacting with others. However, once this child becomes an adult, school is often no longer an option; without a place to gather and continue building skills, socialization becomes harder, and adults with special needs can become isolated.
In Santa Clara County, a group of parents of these adults were unwilling to sit by and let this happen. In 2002, they founded Life Services Alternatives, an organization dedicated to establishing quality homes and services so that adults with special needs can receive life-long services and community interaction. By 2004, LSA had opened their first three homes in Santa Clara, which was only the beginning. In the next 12 years, 8 more houses would be opened, allowing more adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible with exceptional care.
But LSA doesn’t just provide housing. LSA believes that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to live life to its fullest. This means 24-hour care, medical support, and various personalized activities and programs. In addition, LSA’s day program, the Community Integration Training Program (CITP), provides volunteer opportunities that assist in the development of vocational skills. Some individuals who have benefitted from LSA’s services are:
- Amber : Ever since she was young, Amber has been deaf, visually impaired, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As she grew up, she continuously surpassed the limited expectations doctors set for her; however, her parents wanted her to live the best life possible. Fortunately, they found LSA, and since then, Amber has been living in the Jordan-Bennett Home, bringing joy to everyone who meets her.
- Pam : Before arriving at the Rivermark Home, Pam was wheelchair-bound, suffering from seizures, and struggling with frequent infections. Through a personalized exercise and diet program, the assistance of LSA staff, and Pam’s determination, Pam was able to get back on her feet. She now regularly goes to the movies, spends time with her family, and bowls with her friends.
So far, LSA has a total of 11 homes and 56 residents and 10 CITP clients. However, we are still a long way from being able to help everyone who needs it. With your help, we could go even further. Your donation will help us remodel and furnish our newest house, Home 12, and help more adults with developmental disabilities thrive.
Thank you for your support!
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