History of Our Agency

A Rich History of Supportive Care in Rhode Island

Main Road Group Home in the 1980's

Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. was founded by Executive Administrator Mary Ann Wiedenhofer and Executive Director Lawrence Wiedenhofer in October of 1986 and fully opened its doors in April of 1987. When they opened, L.I.F.E. Inc. had just two programs, the Main Road Residence in Tiverton and the former Child Street Residence in Warren with only a few dozen employees. Since then, we have expanded our services to offer eleven group home residences, in addition to retail operations, day program sites, Supportive Living Arrangements with community members and independent apartment programs and are assisted by over two-hundred dedicated employees.

Over the past thirty years, our services have expanded, but our dedication to helping individuals realize and live the fulfilling and spectacular lives they want to live has not wavered. In the ever-changing world we live in, we continue to change and adapt the services we provide to best serve the individuals we are honored to support, while not sacrificing the necessary care and attention necessary to make this a reality for everyone.

Our Mission

Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. works to provide a person-centered supportive environment for individuals with disabilities through:

  • Informed Choice Making
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Life Skill Development
  • Relationship Building
  • Community Participation
  • Creating Personal Goals
  • Developing Independence
  • Developing a Positive Self-Image

Our Vision

We are committed to being an innovative and creative leader in supported resources:

  • To continue educating ourselves, our community, and those we support
  • To ensure satisfaction of supported individuals by listening and participating in open, honest communication
  • To promote equality as well as quality of life through freedom of choice and self-advocacy
  • To encourage growth and accept change, not only in the individuals we support, but also within ourselves and our ideas

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