GoodLife is community focused in everything we do. We believe that when we share experiences and opportunities with others in the special needs community, ongoing learning, teaching, and growth can occur – all to support a more active, independent, and joy-filled quality of life. GoodLife gives back to the larger I/DD (intellectual and developmental disabilities) community – and the community gives back to GoodLife – through volunteering and partnering with other like-minded organizations.
GoodLife is proud to announce two new partnerships that support, leverage, and help individuals of all abilities engage in more learning opportunities and experiences. These partnerships include:
KC Pop Co & KC Pretzel Boys: KC Pop Co., a GoodLife TEAM Work program, is partnering with KC Pretzel Boys to sell gourmet ice pops at the salty Overland Park bakery. The increase in ice pop demand provides more work opportunities for GoodLife’s individuals, as well additional experiences within the greater community. “When KC Pretzel Boys learned what our individuals are up to at KC Pop Co., they were eager and excited to partner with us,” says Meg Ward, RISE program coordinator at GoodLife. ““This is the one of many potential wholesale opportunities for KC Pop Co,” says Meg. “The more we can expose our individuals to new interactions, challenges, and successes, the fuller their lives become each day.”
Matthew’s Ministry at Church of the Resurrection (COR): GoodLife and Matthew’s Ministry share a mission to provide awareness, outreach, and support for persons with special needs and their families. Together, the organizations envision a future of activities, events, and projects that bring together individuals within the special needs community, and the community at large, to grow relationships. “The partnership gives COR families a glimpse into what life can look like for their loved ones as they age out of school-provided services,” shares Marna Terblanche, Director for Matthew’s Ministry. “The opportunity to meet and get to know one another helps both GoodLife and COR families feel empowered, encouraged, and loved. We’re excited for what’s to come.”
Melba Wright, Director of Day and Work Services at GoodLife agrees. “We are thrilled to share information and opportunities about our programs and services with the folks from Matthew’s Ministry. Connecting with people and groups is the best and we love sharing GoodLife’s mission as well as learning about other organizations within our community. It’s a true win-win for everyone!” The partnership kicked off this summer at an event held at Midnight Farm with music, golf cart rides, animal interactions and a full tour of the farm. Future events include days out at Midnight Farm, “Getaway Camp: a musical theater summer camp” in July also at Midnight Farm, and themed parties and gatherings.
We would love to connect with you or your organization about future partnership opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about who we are, how we’re redefining what’s possible for seniors and people with disabilities, and how we can partner, contact us here.