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.
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.
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.
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