You already might be wondering, what is Ragnar? We’re so glad you asked! Before this year, many of us were also wondering the same thing. We’re not talking about the fearless and free-spirited 9th century Scandinavian leader. We’re talking about a 200-mile overnight relay race. This year, a team of 12 Lifehouse staff, family, and friends are gearing up to conquer this challenge. To give you a glimpse of what our team will be doing, watch this quick one-minute clip.
This year’s inaugural team will be running the Napa course, which will start in San Francisco and zig-zag it’s way through San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. Every runner on this team has joined for different reasons, from making healthier lifestyle choices and becoming more fit to seeking adventure and challenging the body and soul. Regardless of what reason drives each person, we are all here for the common goal of supporting Lifehouse. The race alone is an experience we know that is one-of-a-kind, but to run for Lifehouse and raise awareness and funds to support the programs we believe in and the people of our community is an unsurpassed opportunity. The passion for Lifehouse is the fuel that makes each runner spend hours training to make every mile of this challenge count.
Follow us on our journey as we prepare to accomplish something amazing. Reaching the finish line is a team effort, and we want you to be with us for every step. You can support us in many ways:
This year, Lifehouse will participate in the Bay Area Human Race, a nationwide community fundraising event hosted by CVNL, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership. This 5K race/walk event will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Marin County Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park. Our board members, staff, people we serve, and loyal supporters will be out, rain or shine, representing Lifehouse.
Since 1982, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has hosted the Human Race as a critical fundraising vehicle for nonprofits and as an advocacy tool and community-building event. The Human Race has raised over $7.7 million dollars in the past 34 years for over 2,000 local non-profits. There will be many activities for the family: 5K run/walk, dog walk, kids races, live music, pancake breakfast, and a community village.
Lifehouse aims to raise $20,000 to continue to fund the programs that we provide for the people we serve. There are many ways to become involved.
Being Seen offers unique access into the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the people who support their independent living. Individuals were asked to reflect upon their own disabilities, and the outcome was an unexpected eye-opener.
Following the early success of the film, Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura have now launched the campaign, Being Seen Challenge. “My hope is that, in some small way, this film offers viewers an opportunity to get beyond the ‘otherness’ that separates us and opens [viewers] to a more expansive insight of people with developmental disabilities”. – Paul Zehrer, Producer/Director
During the past ten years California’s service system has endured over 50 cost cutting changes to the Lanterman Act, elimination of services, and reductions to a rate system that was already frozen. This major divestment from a once robust and comprehensive community system of coordinated care, supports, and services has resulted in a fragile system that has begun the collapse many have warned about for years.
Organizations representing the Bay Area’s developmental disabilities community have mobilized to urge Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature to stop the current state of collapse of our system and to reinvest in our service system.
Please join Lifehouse in this campaign by:
Attending the Rally for a Sustainable System on Friday, January 23, 2015 at noon at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.
Signing the Lanterman Coalition’s Petition in Support of the Developmental Disabilities Community.
Telling the Governor and California State legislators to stand with Senator Jim Beall and others in support of better funding for the developmental disabilities system.
Together, we can make the State accountable to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the people and organizations that serve them!