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LifeROOTS Summer 2011 Newsletter

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Ribbon Cutting Launch CeremonyNew Name, New Look

RCI has long offered the solid “roots” that have helped so many individuals throughout the community enhance their quality of life. Now, we’ve unveiled a powerful new name and logo that not only signifies the important role that we have in offering a strong foundation of programs and services for people with disabilities and their families, but which highlights our commitment to helping the individuals we serve grow, flourish and blossom to achieve their highest potential.

We’re excited to announce that we unveiled our new name as LifeROOTS on June 24th – symbolizing the solid roots and growth potential that we offer to the entire community and those living with physical, developmental or behavioral challenges. Along with a striking new logo visually depicting the concept of roots/growth, we are also furthering our messaging through the accompanying LifeROOTS tagline of “Empowering Lives. Shaping Futures.” – again bringing to light the role that we have in helping people with disabilities achieve their dreams – and reach their personal goals.

Read more about LIfeROOTS New Name and New Logo >>

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Board Chair Carol GuerraLetter from Carol Guerra

Dear LifeROOTS Friends and Supporters:

It’s been an exciting time for LifeROOTS as, after decades of being known as RCI, we have officially launched a new name, new logo … and new “look” that now truly reflects the scope of all that the organization offers. I was thrilled to have been a part of the launch activities taking place over the past few months, and am happy to report that our transition to the new name not only went smoothly, but certainly generated some important visibility for LifeROOTS. Through the launch of this new name, we helped to create excitement about our programs, services and, most of all, bring attention to the organization’s work, and success, in helping people with disabilities reach their true potential.

Read more for Board President Carol Guerra >>

————————————————————————LifeROOTS Client BrianLifeROOTS Client Spotlight: Brian

When Brian first came to RCI/LifeROOTS more than 4 years ago, it was the Literacy Program that first interested, and attracted, him to our organization – followed very quickly by the prospects of Job Development. He was familiar with RCI through the experiences of his girlfriend, and knew a little about the programs available but had no idea that the organization would end up playing such an instrumental role in his life for the next few years.

Not only did RCI/LifeROOTS help Brian through the Literacy Program, but – through the employment program and computer training, helped him train for, and find, several jobs that would go on to enhance his overall quality of life. In fact, Brian attributes the assistance he received at RCI/LifeROOTS as “helping him come further than he’s ever come before” – and, as he thrives in his current job at SupplyOne, where he works in the packaging of medical supplies — he still tries to make time for the LifeROOTS literacy program that continues to help him succeed in the workplace! Due to his involvement in the literacy program, Brian was exposed to the opportunity to work with the Center for Self Advocacy, as a self advocate.

Read more about LifeROOTS Literacy Client Brian >>

————————————————————————Memorial Tiles for TomorrowMake a Lasting Impression: Tiles for Tomorrow

LifeROOTS now has a program which will allow you to leave a permanent mark supporting New Mexico’s disabled community: a custom tile is created with your name, your organization’s name, or the name of someone you wish to honor or remember.

These custom one of a kind tiles are the perfect way to show your support for LifeROOTS and to leave a lasting impression on our disabled community. They also make a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person who has everything. LifeROOTS will send a Certificate of Ownership for each tile to you or to the person you designate.

Each custom tile measures 8″ X 12″ and comes in an attractive southwest color denoting your category of donation. The tiles will be placed on LifeROOTS new Center for Independence building located at the southeast corner of our property at 1111 Menaul Blvd. NE. You may inscribe the tile any way you wish: honor a loved one, give words of encouragement, note an important date in your life — you choose.

Contact Jon Chavez at 505-255-5501 Extension 1009 to learn more about this program.

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City of Albuquerque SealCity of Albuquerque Contracts LifeROOTS

LifeROOTS is excited to announce that we have been awarded a contract with the City of Albuquerque that will enable us to provide employment opportunities to disabled individuals within the City of Albuquerque’s system. This important new contract, which just kicked off in August, will allow us to provide jobs to about 7-10 disabled individuals — providing them with terrific job opportunities, and enabling them to be part of the City of Albuquerque work force.

Read more about the City of Albuquerque Janitorial Service Contract >>

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Feed Me Now PosterFeed Me Now Program:

• Mobile snack and drink cart brought to your office building.

• Operator takes cart to each office and sells snacks and drinks to employees (chips, candy, soda, fruit, water, etc).

• Cart is operated by an individual with a disability.

• Helps train people with disabilities and teaches pertinent skills such as communication, organization and much more.

• No fee to service your office.
Contact Jon Chavez at 505-255-5501 Extension 1009to learn more about this program and to learn more about making an impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

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Stephanie HanoshNew Director of Children’s Therapy & Services Stephanie Hanosh Brings More Than 20 Years of Education Experience to LifeROOTS:

We’re excited to announce that Stephanie C. Hanosh MBE has joined the LifeROOTS team as Director of Children’s Therapy and Services. Stephanie, an established leader in the field of education, brings more than 20 years of valuable experience to our organization – where she will play an instrumental role in coordinating and overseeing the day-to-day operations of our many children’s services, including the LifeROOTS Early Childhood Intervention program.

Read more about the new Director of Children’s Therapy & Services >>

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