Built on equality, celebrating individuality: GoodLife’s Diversity Committee

diversity committee

Goodlife’s history is a story of passion, equality, and connectedness. For more than 40 years, we have fought to push through barriers of injustice that diminish the rights of those who have been marginalized, specifically individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). From our inception, diversity has been represented within our organization by gender, race, age, religious preference, sexual orientation,… read more

The Quest for the Good Life: Episode 3

neighborhood network

We are seeing the evidence again and again: especially in a post-COVID world, people don’t want to seek care in traditional, congregate settings. It’s hard to feel safe in facilities like this without becoming isolated. But as we face an ongoing health crisis across the nation, this is a time when we need care to include community and connectivity more… read more

Mike Strouse: Celebrating 35 years of passionate and visionary leadership

Mike

As a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, Mike Strouse’s career with GoodLife Innovations began under the recommendation of GoodLife board members Jim Sherman and Jan Sheldon. Thirty-five years later, Mike is still our President and CEO. We visited with Mike to look back on what’s changed over the years, what GoodLife… read more

Small changes, big impact: What day services look like during COVID-19

day services

GoodLife’s day-services programs and activities adapt to COVID-19 to keep residents connected, well-cared-for, and safe. Learn how we’re doing it.

The Quest for the Good Life: Episode 2

neighborhood network

We are constantly on the hunt for a better way of delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and with the right touch. In the second episode of the Quest for the GoodLife, our CEO Dr. Mike Strouse walks us through how the seed of the Neighborhood Network was planted, and how it has grown… read more

How a well-established model of care helped GoodLife adapt to COVID-19

model of care

GoodLife Innovation’s history is rooted in putting people first.  Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in the everyday lives of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and those who support them. We aim to do this by transforming lives through deep relationships, learning, respect, innovation, exceeding expectations, and achieving results. In order for any of this to happen, we must… read more

Inside the GoodLife with Nicole Kanaman

Nicole

There’s no better way to learn about the GoodLife than to hear from the people living it. Today we visit with Nicole Kanaman. Nicole is a behavior analyst and is currently earning her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas (KU). Nicole and her husband Ky, cofounder of GoodLife work program KC Pop Co., also share their life with two GoodLife… read more

The Quest for the Good Life: Episode 1

The Quest for the Good Life: Episode 1

GoodLife knows that providers need a better way to affordably, effectively, and safely deliver care at the exact moment and place of need – and we also believe that care should be delivered by people who are known and trusted. Our mission is inspired by meeting this need, but to do so providers must chart a new course within the… read more

Johnson County Montessori School & North Star Academy: A special place of inclusion and learning

School

GoodLife’s 40-year partnership with the University of Kansas (KU) has developed a number of nationally regarded service models including North Star Academy (NSA), a school for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Today we visit with Kristen Kunze, Executive Director of Children’s Services for GoodLife, and Pam Neidert, Assistant Professor for KU’s Applied Behavioral Science department, to learn about… read more

Meet Heather Kessler

Heather

Heather, tell us how you contribute to the GoodLife population. Sure! I’ve been a nurse for more than 10 years and have direct support professional (DSP), long-term care,  and hospice experience. What I loved about hospice is that the goal is to make sure individuals have a good quality of life, and that translates well to what GoodLife works to accomplish.… read more

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