Join the 2017 Bay Area Human Race

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.

We appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you on race day!

Lifehouse Keeps Productivity On Track


Lifehouse has shown positive growth over the past six years. We now employ 290 staff who serve over 250 people with our residential, recreational, and educational programs. With the implementation of ShiftPlanning, an automated workforce management tool, we continue to improve our operations and keep our productivity on track.

The greatest advantage of having ShiftPlanning is our increase in efficiency. We now spend less time scheduling staff and more time providing training. Each individual that we serve has different needs, and we are able to better equip our support staff with the proper tools to provide appropriate services. Operations run smooth with the ability to create a completely automated schedule that can be easily accessed by managers and staff. In addition, we’ve eliminated schedule conflicts and increased communication with support staff.

Our priority is to be available to the people we serve. ShiftPlanning has allowed us to do just that. We’re excited about our progress and are eager to continue to grow and serve more individuals in our community.

Lifehouse Needs A Wheelchair Van

Giving Tuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds. We celebrate this day after Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This day let’s Lifehouse come together with many local businesses to inspire people to take collaborative action to contribute to worthy causes and to remind everyone that everyone has something to give.


With that said, Lifehouse is reaching out to everyone who believes in our mission to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and is asking for your help to raise funds to purchase a new wheelchair van by the end of the year.

Wheelchair accessible vans provide safe, reliable transportation for users who want greater freedom and independence. Lifehouse has been providing such services to people with disabilities for over sixty years, and we will continue to help each person become as independent as possible and participate fully in our community for a lifetime.

Visit our Crowdrise page to join our campaign, make a donation, and share our story.

Take the Being Seen Challenge


Being Seen Challenge

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

Being Seen Trailer from potentialsf on Vimeo.
Watch full movie here.

See more information on how to host screenings or watch the film near you. If you’ve seen the film, please share your thoughts. Don’t forget to help raise disability awareness by taking on the Being Seen Challenge.

An Evening of Recognition and Thanks

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Annual Awards Banquet on October 2, 2015. Over 350 guests gathered at Embassy Suites in San Rafael to celebrate the people we serve, our dedicated staff and the wonderful community members, whose generosity and support have helped Lifehouse continue its important work. The warmth and camaraderie could be felt throughout the room as guest enjoyed a sit-down dinner, awards presentation hosted by Master of Ceremonies Lifehouse’s own Kate O’Connor and dancing with DJ Terri DeLangis. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s banquet! A special thanks to our volunteers and photographer Richard Wheeler.

Jim Shorter, Tim Martin, NancyMatt, Brittany Blackmore, Michele

Jim Shorter (Charles L Martin Award Recipient), with Tim Martin and Nancy Dow Moody (l-r)

Matt Tarver-Wahlquist , Brittany Blackmore (Outstanding Staff Recognition Recipient), Michelle Condit (l-r)

Nancy, Deirdre & AnnJohanna, Amy, Matt

Johanna Schleret, Amy Katchur (Outstanding Staff Recognition Recipient), Matt Tarver-Wahlquist (l-r)

Nancy Dow Moody, Deirdre Weil (Volunteer of the Year Recipient), Ann Elias (l-r)



Independence Sponsor

Marin Sanitary Service

Contributing Sponsors
Filice LogoHub International Logo    

Additional Support Provided By

Bay Alarm and BioMarin


Distinguished Community Service
Jessica’s Haven & RescueExtraordinary Community Service
Extra FoodOutstanding Individual Service
Dr. Oliver OsbornPersonal Achievement Award
Maris BuesserOutstanding Corporate Involvement
Filice Insurance

Employer of the Year
Trader Joe’s

Volunteer of the Year
Deirdre Weil

Spirit of Lifehouse Award
Chikara Motomura
Paul Zehrer

Open Arms Award
Dominican University

Charles L. Martin Award
Jim Shorter

Outstanding Staff Recognition
Brittany Blackmore – Counselor, SLP
Danny Domino – Residential Technician
Amy Katchur – Accounts Payable, HR Assistant
Felicia Romero – Assistant Manager, SLP
Holly Skidmore – Lead Counselor, SLP