Meet Victor: Living the GoodLife through independent, connected, and community living

community living

It brings us incredible joy to see our vision and mission being lived out. As we continue to reimagine independence for seniors and those with disabilities through empowering, connected, and purposeful community living, hearing stories of happiness and fulfillment from our residents is the only way we truly know we’re on to something great. Today we visit with Victor (and… read more

Introducing GoodLife U

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the backbone of the workforce behind community living and service support models for individuals living with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and seniors.  For more than thirty years, the DSP workforce has been one of the most unstable workforces nationwide. Recently, statistics showed that annual turnover rates for DSPs were at 50%, in comparison to… watch now

A Team Leader’s Perspective: Meet Kassie

Team Leader

GoodLife serves adults with disabilities in family-style home settings.  Our direct support staff provides daily teaching, support and companionship, which are vital to each client’s quality of life. Team Leaders manage individual homes to help ensure a safe and meaningful experience for our residents. Today, Kassie Johnston shares what it means to be a team leader and why she values… read more

A Home Coaches’ Perspective: Meet Kris and Brittany

home coach

GoodLife believes a life of dignity and independence is possible, no matter the challenge. We empower our residents with the support, services, and technology needed to thrive within the community. Home Coaches play an important role in our work to redefine what’s possible for people with disabilities. Today we are joined by Kris McFadden and Brittany Rupert, Home Coaches who… read more

Helping people live the GoodLife starts with collaborative staff training

staff training

GoodLife is always looking for ways to better understand how to train and support our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who serve seniors and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). One way we do this is by conducting applied research through the University of Kansas Performance Management Laboratory, directed by Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed. Rick Shears, GoodLife’s Training Coordinator, shares… read more

Living the Good Life together: Professional Family Teaching Model

Living the Good Life together: Professional Family Teaching Model

GoodLife values individuality. That’s why our residential services offer a variety of living arrangements developed around a person’s level of need to create safe, comfortable, and long-term home environments. Whitney Lamb, director of GoodLife’s Professional Family Teaching Model (PFTM) shares more about why our shared living model is one of our most successful—and meaningful—programs. It is a service model that… read more

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

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

Vibrant Village: Aging better

Vibrant Village: Aging better

Long before the words “assisted living” enter your vocabulary, there’s a deep need for “thriving in motion” and aging better. There is a space of life where you’re satisfied and happy living on your own, yet might need help with the little things. Maybe you’re recovering from an injury, just can’t seem to move like you used to, or want… read more

Connecting with the community at the Kaw Valley Farm Tour

Hoarse in Barn

What do you get when you cross 550 visitors with farm animals, food trucks, hands-on activities, live music and an enthusiastic staff? The Kaw Valley Farm Tour at Midnight Farm! 186 carloads of people filtered through Midnight Farm over the weekend of October 5-6. According to Linda, a satisfied visitor from Lawrence, Kan., she “liked it all. It’s a beautiful… read more

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