This year, Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. began its thirtieth year of assisting Rhode Island’s citizens with disabilities and their families with a new goal and a new tool to hopefully help us accomplish it. We have decided to pursue an annual appeal as our major fundraising effort for 2017. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 within the year to help us close the funding gap not covered by individual allocations from the State of Rhode Island. Through Federal and State funding we strive to offer our clients a fulfilling life with as much self-dependence as they are capable of. Historically, this has helped to provide the necessary basic necessities for each client, but unfortunately because of the rising prices of supplies and equipment, the funding that once covered the needs of our clients now falls short. Through fund-raising efforts like this, we are able to supply our clients with opportunities and materials they cannot otherwise afford.
We as an agency have also had to start reevaluating how we will be providing services to new clients in the future. Recently it has been made apparent that the State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH), who licenses and oversees the operation of private providers like ourselves, has been moving in the direction of a community-based Shared Living Arrangement (SLA) model for all new clients. During a previous discussion with the BHDDH Director, Maria Montanaro, we learned that the State is essentially “closing the spigot” on group home placements for newly eligible participants, except for those in “extreme need”. As a result, those eligible for twenty-four hour residential support will be offered shared living as the primary option. As a shared living provider agency already, we are looking to cooperatively respond to this new direction, but in the coming year we will need to invest both time and money into creating more SLA opportunities for new clients.
For those who are not aware, for the past nine years, L.I.F.E., Inc. has been facilitating Shared Living Arrangements wherein dedicated individuals and families invite disabled individuals to “share” their residence. Hosts in this arrangement are paid a tax free stipend in exchange for providing twenty-four hour support to eligible participants carefully matched to each other’s lifestyles.
We ask you to take a moment and consider making a lasting gift to L.I.F.E. Inc.’s 2017 Annual Appeal. Your choice to contribute to the 2017 Annual Appeal impacts the agency’s ability to continue the worthwhile mission our founders set forth when L.I.F.E. Inc. was established. With your help, we can not only help fund our needs of today, but also help us plan for the future changes necessary to keep our agency viable as a service provider in the State of Rhode Island. As you consider what Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. has done for you, your family, your community, and the people we are fortunate to support on a daily basis, consider the impact of making a gift to the 2017 Annual Appeal. In the past, we have been fortunate to have donors who contribute at the $100 level, or higher. Would you consider a gift at this level at this time?
Thank you for considering a gift to the 2017 Annual Appeal; together we can forge the future of L.I.F.E. Inc.
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