About LifeROOTS

Rooted in the Community

imageaboutLifeROOTS (Formerly RCI Inc.) is an Albuquerque-based tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides the community with a broad range of programs and services for children and adults with developmental, physical and behavioral disabilities in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas. Our innovative programs and services, led by certified, experienced and professional staff, assist people with disabilities of all ages to reach their highest levels of self-sufficiency.

Founded in 1958, LifeROOTS was the first organization in the state to treat children with polio and cerebral palsy. The center has evolved into a multi-disciplinary provider of programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, including: Early Childhood Intervention, Therapy, Parenting Support Groups, Day Habilitation, Supported Employment, Job Development, Literacy Programs and much more.

In the decades that LifeROOTS has been serving the community, we have learned much about people with disabilities. We recognize and honor the qualities that make each of our clients unique. We know each person has the potential to learn and grow, which can lead to a life of independence – and the dignity and self-respect that goes with it.

LifeROOTS serves more than 1,500 disabled clients each year, receiving referrals from parents, guardians, day care centers, regional hospitals, public schools, state agencies, physicians and a variety of other sources.

Since 1989, LifeROOTS has provided contract services that offer valuable services for commercial and government facilities thus providing employment for people with disabilities. LifeROOTS is a recognized leader in providing contract services to organizations in the areas of: Custodial and Janitorial Services, Grounds Maintenance and Keeping, Landscaping, Packaging & Assembly, Bulk Mailing & Sorting, Shipping & Receiving, Presentation Preparation, Envelope Stuffing, Warehousing, Call Center Support, and Administrative Services.

We employ more than 57 individuals providing custodial and janitorial services at Kirtland Air Force Base, the University of New Mexico and the Pete V. Domenici Federal Courthouse. We also provide Grounds Keeping/Maintenance services to the Workers Compensation Building and more. In addition, the agency maintains several commercial contracts with community partners, such as Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, TriCore Laboratories, Supply One Inc., Southern Wine & Spirits and other businesses throughout the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area.

Our Core Values


We work together internally and externally in a team approach to provide comprehensive services to our clients and their families and strive for a seamless approach.


We are accountable for, and accepting of the consequences of our behavior. We can be relied on to perform our job duties honestly; efficiently, effectively and in a manner that consistently demonstrates our professional competencies. We understand that we serve the community that supports us. Thus we provide transparency in our processes, finances and governances. We manage our company’s financial resources in a responsible manner in order to carry out our mission and corporate goals.


We meet all regulatory requirements at the local, State and Federal levels while continuously improving to exceed industry standards.

Safe Environment

Safety is a priority for everyone. The safety of our employees and the individuals we serve is continuously being improved by leadership, training, rewards and accountability.