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We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live as independently as possible and to participate fully in our community for a lifetime. Lifehouse currently provides personalized support services to over 250 individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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Introducing “Lifehouse” A New Documentary Film

Coinciding with this year’s 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this film offers unique access into the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and the people who support their independent living. The film explores many difficult questions they and their families must grapple with, while underscoring that, despite their disabilities, these people possess a vast range of emotional, intellectual, and artistic abilities.

Filmmakers spent over two years gaining access and insight into this population. Their approach is best captured by a father who asks, “How do you get people to relate to people just as humans, just as people? Not as a political group that needs to be supported.

This film was produced by Lifehouse in collaboration with independent film producer, PotentialSF.

Communicator Award22nd Annual Communicator Awards Distinction for Social Issues Film/Video

Spirit House Productions Features Lifehouse and Nonprofit Founders

Spirit House Productions released a new TV series called “Architects of Opportunities”, which highlights and honors nonprofit founders and shows how their organizations are making a difference in the community. Their first episode on December 7, 2015 featured Lifehouse Agency, founded by DeReath and Danial Collins.

The host, Jacqueline Janssen, interviewed Chuck Collins, President and CEO of YMCA San Francisco and Nancy Dow Moody, President and CEO of Lifehouse Agency. Please take a look as they recount the birth of the Lanterman Act and the foundation of a legacy that continues to thrive in the Bay Area.

The series can be viewed every Monday at 7:00PM on Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM), Channel 26.



Lifehouse Joins Marin Ventures and Cedars at Sacramento Demonstration
On September 3, over 30 people from Lifehouse joined other organizations from Marin and around the state in Sacramento to demonstrate for a 10% raise in Developmental Disabilities Services. This spring, groups pushed unsuccessfully for a 10-percent boost to the rates paid to nonprofits and businesses who provide housing, employment and other assistance for clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities. A more modest hike approved by the Legislature was rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown, who punted the issue to the special session.
Lifehouse and others from around the state joined The Lanterman Coalition, an umbrella group for the community organizations that make up California’s developmental care system, in Sacramento urging Brown to make their cause a priority. At noon, supporters marched from the Crest Theatre to the Capitol for a rally on disability services funding.
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