LIFESPAN-Celebrating 40 Years of Mission Driven Services
Fiscal year 2013-2014 was an exciting milestone for LIFESPAN…our 40th Anniversary. The celebration kicked off on our actual anniversary- October 10, 2013- when we launched our book entitled, “The Little Red Camera-capturing a magnificent 40 year journey”, with a joyous group of life-long supporters in Charlotte. Many attended the gala held in February 2014 that showcased stories from our book as well as recognizing several advocates of distinction that have contributed to our long-term success. Our programs also celebrated 40 years of mission driven services in various ways throughout the year which included parties, dinners, and community events.
Four hundred fifty-four LIFESPAN associates supported 1,274 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the year. Over the past three years, our employment services have assisted 361 adults in finding a job of their choosing and our program participants have volunteered 57,017 hours in their communities. Our three inclusive childcare centers in Burlington,, and Mt. Airy have received a 5 STAR rating from the state and our creative campuses are providing diverse learning opportunities on our campuses and in the community.
Our customers and their families are very satisfied with our services this year and we received a 98.7% satisfaction rating. Some of the positive comments included, “The staff is excellent. They smile all the time and make parents comfortable. The best in the world!”; “Thank you for caring for and about my son”; and “LIFESPAN gives a great quality of services at all times”.
We received generous support from donors and the community. LIFESPAN was the beneficiary of eight grants totaling $101,669 for special projects and general support and also received financial gifts of $450,652. One hundred thirty-four in-kind donations provided necessary program supplies while community stakeholders provided 4,212 hours in volunteer time. Volunteers from around the state extended helping hands to make facility improvements by painting interior walls in Greensboro and in Charlotte, adding mulch and landscaping at our Circle School locations and our residential homes. In Troutman, the Blue Sky Nature Center was cleared and murals were added inside and outside of the facility. The George Andreve Gardens and Greenhouse in Greensboro has taken shape as the greenhouse structure is in place, pathways have been built and the gardens are beginning to grow.
We have so much to be proud of and are so grateful for all the support received from so many committed funders, advocates, donors, and volunteers throughout 40 incredible years. LIFESPAN will continue to thrive in decades to come, please join us on our exciting journey.