DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Congratulations!

Please join us in celebrating the recent promotions of Kate O Connor, Michelle Condit, Claudia Silvia, and Lisa Ann Carbone. We look forward to seeing what their wealth of experience will bring to the continued success and growth of programs supporting Lifehouse residents. Your dedication, energy, and enthusiasm is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations!

Co- Director of Programs & Operations 

Co-Director of Programs & Operations

Senior Manager

Senior Manager 

Life (house) with Kwame

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Kwame Jackson-Ricks
Lifehouse Resident

Meet Kwame. He has been with Lifehouse for the last 11 years. He is in the Independent Living Service (ILS) program and lives in Laurel House. Here, Kwame lives with four other roommates and, with the assistance of our direct care professionals, they develop an extensive individualized plan for fulfilling goals towards greater independence.

Each plan concentrates on areas like mobility, food preparation, budgeting and banking, daily living skills, medical needs, housekeeping, and socialization. Kwame especially enjoys budgeting his money and has a goal to land a job this summer.

At Laurel House, all of the roommates take turns cooking throughout the week. Kwame loves to take this opportunity to apply what he has learned in cooking classes. Wednesday is his day to cook, and his specialty is veggie stir fry. Yum!

Lifehouse concentrates on the quality of life for both our employees and the individuals we serve. Wellness is a large part of that well- being. Kwame stays active by going to the local YMCA to work out, participates in a softball league on Thursdays in the summer, and is a regular participant in the Marin County Special Olympics. He was a proud participant in the Track and Field event this May in Novato.

An important part of the day to day life of the people we serve are programs provided by different institutions in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco Counties. Kwame attends Alchemia’s performing arts program five days a week. Alchemia’s goal is to foster empowerment and enhance the visibility of their members. Kwame immerses himself in musical theater and drum line classes. This must be why he rocks it every year for the Lifehouse performance for Great Chefs and Wineries!

Stay tuned for updates on Kwame and other resident’s profiles.

Respecting the Bean

At Red Whale Coffee, coffee is serious business.  They seek to create high quality coffee beans for all to enjoy. Relationships with communities from Indonesia, Mexico, South America, and Africa allow them to develop a uniquely diverse cup of coffee. Although their network is vast, their roots originate in California.

Owner and Chief Coffee Geek, Sean Boyd, comes from a long line of Boyds that have been at the forefront of premium and specialty commodities. At a young age, he spent time growing and distributing exceptional produce to restaurants across Southern California. Sean’s relationship with cuisine evolved throughout the multitude of successful bistros and bars that were founded by his father.

Sean has been working with coffee since 2003. After being captivated by his first taste of premium coffee, he has become an expert. From master courses in roasting to honing his palate as a licensed Q Grader, Sean quickly accumulated copious accolades and certifications form the Specialty Coffee Association of America and now shares his expertise here in San Rafael.

At Great Chefs and Wineries you can enjoy, and maybe even learn something new, at Red Whale Coffee’s full espresso and coffee bar.

Click below to enjoy a ‘Cup of Joe.’

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CELEBRATE GREAT CHEFS & WINERIES' 28TH YEAR

 
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One of the San Francisco Bay Area's most anticipated events is fast approaching. We'd love to invite you to join us for Lifehouse's 28th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Join us for another unforgettable evening of great food and fine wine, and come together to help us raise critical funds to enable Lifehouse to continue to provide support services for people with developmental disabilities. The support that we receive from the community is what makes this evening a huge success. 

We will be returning to The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Along with Bright Event Rentals, they help us create the perfect place for us to host this fabulous evening.  

Heidi Insalata Krahling, our Culinary Host, will bring together a feast of small plates that have been expertly prepared by twenty-three Bay Area restaurants. Our Wine Committee, led by Sid Sall, handpicked an impressive lineup of elite wineries to be paired with the evening's delectable spread. 

We will also be featuring attractive and exciting auction items through our new mobile bidding system! With the help of Gesture, enjoy all aspects of the auction in the palm of your hand. From check-in to check-out, Gesture is available to help you have a memorable and remarkable experience. 

We cannot wait for you to join us this year! Purchase your tickets now by clicking below.  

For purchasing tables, please email us at mail@lifehouseagency.org
or call the Lifehouse office at 415.586.5300

MEET BETTY YU

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Master of Cerimonies 

Great Chefs and Wineries 2018

LIfehouse is proud to introduce, KPIX reporter, Betty Yu, as this year’s Master of Ceremonies for Great Chefs and Wineries. A Bay Area native, Betty graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. Betty also has a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University. After spending two years at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in Miami, she joined KPIX 5 as a General Assignment Reporter. Betty has expressed her excitement about this year’s event. “Great Chefs & Wineries is a spectacular evening that features exquisite foods and fine wines, but more importantly, it is a reflection of the generous and compassionate spirit of the Lifehouse community.” As a reporter, Betty works with and highlights the lives many people with developmental disabilities. She continues to say, “I've seen them blossom because of the kind of support that Lifehouse offers.”

Click on the button below to join Betty Yu and the Lifehouse community at Great Chefs and Wineries on April 21, 2018.