Lifehouse Documentary Awarded a Telly

Lifehouse Awarded TellyThe Telly Awards has named PotentialSF a Social Issues Category Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for their piece entitled “Lifehouse”. With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The film is a window 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.


The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video, and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “PotentialSF’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly.

Congratulations to Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura from PotentialSF for their beautiful work and support to Lifehouse Agency!

Tis the Season…

During this holiday season, our thoughts and well wishes turn gratefully to our friends in the community who have brought warmth and good cheer to our residents.  We thank you, and best wishes for a happy holiday.

Yacht Club Party

Yacht Club BoatsView of San Rafael, CA Santa, Helper, and Ursula

The San Rafael Yacht Club has kept the tradition of hosting our annual Yacht Club Party for over two decades. At this event, our clients are able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and a fun ride out on the water. The highlight of this event is a visit from Santa and his elf with a mountain of gifts.

A huge thank you to Colm and Ursula O’Donovan for planning and hosting the event. Thank you for welcoming all of us with warm smiles and open arms.

See more photos from the December 12, 2015 event in the gallery below.

(Photos: Top-Boats docked at SRYC; Middle-View of San Rafael, CA; Bottom-Ursula O’Donovan with Santa and his helper)

 

Yacht Club Party 2015

San Rafael Yacht ClubHosted by Colm and Ursula O'DonovanDecember 12, 2015

[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_121222.jpg]80Julie, Greg, and Ursula
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_120036.jpg]30Greg and Erin on the boat
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131021.jpg]20Ursula with Santa and Helper
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[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131819.jpg]40All smiles with Santa
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131734.jpg]70Cathy giving hugs
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131540.jpg]50Jacob meeting Santa with Colm
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131458.jpg]30Telling Santa what's on the wish list
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131438.jpg]50Santa bringing cheer
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131405.jpg]70One on one with Santa
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_131253.jpg]40Gift giving from Santa
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_130936.jpg]50Santa's arrival
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_121823.jpg]150Boats docked at SRYC
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_120413.jpg]80Greg driving the boat
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_115945.jpg]100View of San Rafael, CA
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_115829.jpg]70Sandy J all decked out
[img src=http://www.lifehouseagency.org/wp-content/flagallery/yacht-club-party-2015/thumbs/thumbs_20151212_112130.jpg]90Prepping the boats for the clients



Holiday Party 

IMG_6925_Group Photo Caroling

We welcomed our residents, their families and guests to our annual holiday party on December 14, 2015. It could not have been a success without the following help:

Gene Phillips InSync Music Orzo West and Carol Martin
Tomatina, San Rafael Peet’s Coffee and Tea, San Rafael San Rafael Community Center
Safeway, San Rafael Safeway, Strawberry Village Safeway, Novato

A huge thank you to the Lifehouse Volunteers for coming together to set up, prepare, and help run the event. The gift of your time and energy is priceless.

We would also like to thank the young ladies of the Girls Scouts of Northern California: Cadette Troop #32792, Junior Troop #31705, Junior Troop #31427, Brownie Troop #10492, and Daisy Troop #10953 for baking and serving holiday cookies at the event.

Girl Scouts

Heaping praise and thanks to Ben Stein, SLP Assistant Manager, for capturing some of the many smiles at the event.

Holiday Party 2015

Annual Holiday Party at the San Rafael Community Center

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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)

 

THANK TO OUR AWARDS BANQUET SPONSORS

Independence Sponsor

Marin Sanitary Service

Contributing Sponsors
Filice LogoHub International Logo    

Additional Support Provided By

Bay Alarm and BioMarin


CONGRATULATIONS 2015 HONOREES!

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


Voice Your Concerns About Sustainability for Developmental Disabilities Services & Budget in California

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:

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!