Children’s Services expands to support more children and impact communities

Children’s Services expands to support more children and impact communities

GoodLife’s North Star Child Development Center is expanding in 2021 – we’re growing our classrooms, capacity, staff, and enrollment eligibility to serve more children, both typically developing and those who need more support. The center is home to two Children’s Services programs: the North Star Academy (NSA) is an early intensive behavioral intervention program serving children with intellectual and developmental… read more

GoodLife U Episode 4: Filling the Vacancy Gap

We are close to the midway point with our GoodLife U Video Blog Series and are excited to be working with so many of you to help squeeze the most out of the limited workforce resources we’ve got.  As a reminder, each episode builds on the last; to get the most out of today’s episode, we recommend you’ve watched Episodes… watch now

GoodLife’s community partnerships offer new learning opportunities

GoodLife’s community partnerships offer new learning opportunities

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… read more

GoodLife U workforce strategies empower organizations to do more

GoodLife U workforce strategies empower organizations to do more

Mission-driven organizations continually do more with less. But what if an organization could do more with more?  GoodLife U is a toolbox designed to do just that. It includes accessible, practical, and affordable solutions to enable home and community-based service providers to do more with limited (and dwindling) resources. GoodLife U’s strategies help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)… read more

GoodLife U Episode 3: The Five Faucet Theory

GoodLife U Episode 3: The Five Faucet Theory In our last episode of the GoodLife U video blog series, Dr. Mike Strouse walked us through the Problem with Wonky Schedules, how they came to be so logically illogical, and what we would prefer instead. If you remember, a Wonky Schedule actually never delivers individualized care, smaller homes/settings, Direct Support Professional… watch now

This year, your donation has twice the impact. Tax Credit campaign updates!

tax credit

As you know, we are ambitiously and optimistically raising $600,000 by December 31, 2021 – and we’re on our way! To those of you who gave in 2020, thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of aging adults and individuals with disabilities – GoodLife is poised to grow even more with your help this year. Are… read more

Meet Meg & Kait: An insider’s perspective on care at GoodLife

Meet Meg & Kait: An insider’s perspective on care at GoodLife

Most families want more than just help when caring for loved ones with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD)–they actually want meaningful opportunities, fulfilling lifestyles, places to go, and work or community involvement that brings joy.  That’s what Meg and her parents wanted for Kait, and it’s what they found at GoodLife.  Today we meet Meg Ward, director of our… read more

GoodLife U Episode 2: The Problem with Wonky Schedules

In the first episode of our GoodLife U series with Dr. Mike Strouse, we discussed the Direct Support Crisis and talked about how we must tackle improving the stability of staffing in ways that can affordably improve the quality of lives of those persons we serve, improve the lives of those DSPs who make our mission possible, and increase the… watch now

Celebrations and conversations with GoodLife’s Diversity Committee

Celebrations and conversations with GoodLife’s Diversity Committee

In August of 2020, to create an open dialogue about diversity within GoodLife, we established a Diversity Committee composed of residents, employees, leadership, partners, and board members. The purpose of this committee is (1) to provide information and opportunities to increase awareness about the barriers of injustice that continue to diminish the rights of those who have been marginalized, and… read more

Meet Debi: How a teacher looking for a change found a new career as a GoodLife DSP

Meet Debi: How a teacher looking for a change found a new career as a GoodLife DSP

GoodLife’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work – and often live – alongside our seniors and people with disabilities to provide daily teaching, support, and companionship, which are vital to each resident’s quality of life. DSP Debi Hobelman stops by the blog to tell us how she went from thinking of her job at GoodLife as something to help her through… read more

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