Lifehouse Agency

A Full Life

Meet Sallie

Sallie has called Lifehouse home for eight years and is in the Supported Living Program (SLP). This program is perfect for her since it gives her the tools and life skills she needs to be as independent as possible.  

Sallie is full of life and loves goofing around and making people laugh. Her favorite person to get a smile out of is her boyfriend Mark. They have been together for eight years. Some of her hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, and playing table tennis. She is a total shark on the court, and she was in the winner’s circle at her most recent tournament!

When Sallie isn’t palling around with friends, she is hard at work. With the support of the local non-profit, People with Disabilities Succeeding (PDS), Sallie works two jobs. The PDS Integrated Work and Community Inclusion Program helps her maintain her job at Woodlands Market for the past 11 years, as well as a position as a crossing guard during the school year for the past seven years. She takes great pride in her work, and loves the opportunity to be out and about in her community.

Sallie has lots of goals for her life, including to live more independently and be less reliant on others by practicing the life skills she has learned from Lifehouse. She also wants people to see that she has a warm heart and a good mind. Her message to the community is that people should accept individuals with developmental disabilities and welcome them into their lives.

Hiking with Team Lifehouse

The New Year is in full swing and Team Lifehouse is ready for the next big challenge- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Well, at least virtually for now. Lifehouse employees and the people we support will track their steps and share them so that they can be added up every week and converted into miles that will “hike” the Pacific Crest Trail. To show our progress we have a big, beautiful map of the West Coast here at our office, kindly provided by Filice Insurance.

When do we start? January 14th.

Who can participate? All Lifehouse employees and all of the people we support.

What’s the PCT? The Pacific Crest Trail runs from the Mexican border all the way through California, Oregon, and Washignton to the Canadian border. It is 2,650 miles total and it’s beautiful.

How long will it take us? That depends on how many of us are participating. We will keep hiking until we reach 2,650 miles combined. It takes a single hiker about 5 months to hike the actual trail. We will keep you updated along the way.


We hope that you will follow along and support #teamlifehouse as we accomplish something amazing together!

A Yacht Club Holiday


Each year the Annual Holiday Yacht Party is hosted by the San Rafael Yacht Club, a tradition passed down by several Yacht Club members since 1982, this event is truly enjoyed by the individuals served by Lifehouse. The day starts with breakfast, then a cruise down the canal on members’ yachts. Everyone returns to the club for lunch and the highly anticipated visit from Santa and his Elf Assistant.

The relationship between the San Rafael Yacht Club and Lifehouse is one that spans over 35 years, and a community partnership that extends far beyond the holidays. Every year the Yacht Club opens its doors to support Lifehouse as a rehearsal space for the annual Great Chefs & Wineries performance. Lifehouse is grateful to the Yacht club for its continued generosity and hospitality.

Are you interested in joining Lifehouse at the Annual Holiday Yacht Party on December 8th? Please RSVP with Erin Bertulfo,, 415.5265305.

A Swimming Success

On behalf of all of us at Lifehouse, Thank You for making the RCP Tiburon Mile a huge success! 

It was an honor to be chosen as this year’s benefiting charity, and given the opportunity to promote Lifehouse and the services we provide. We were able to fundraise almost $30,000, which will directly provide services to Lifehouse residents. 

We applaud all of the swimmers who braved the open water. Congratulations to elite Swimmers Ashley Twichell and Ferry Weertman for winning the female and male categories respectively. A special Thank you goes to the swimmers who represented Team Lifehouse. 


Last, but certainly not least Thank You to our sponsors. We are overwhelmed with gratitude by your generosity. 


Life(house) with Julia


Meet Julia- She is a part of the weekly activity based program, TRIP which supports teens from ages 13 to 22. The program is an opportunity for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities to foster physical, intellectual, and social development skills in a community based setting.  They currently have a weekly bowling meet-up on Thursday’s here in San Rafael.

It’s not hard to spot Julia in a crowd; her bright blue cap is covered in colorful anime buttons that she collects at different Anime Cons from her favorite artists. She readily admits that she is addicted to growing her collection but is very particular in choosing buttons that are true to her. 

Most of the buttons are Anime characters but some are odes to adolescent slang like “I ship it”- according to Urban Dictionary, it means: “when you imagine two people would be good in a relationship together.”   

Although she is an avid gamer girl and a millennial, Julia says that people use their cellphones too much. When she isn’t gaming, Julia likes to draw in her sketchbook that she brings just about everywhere. In the pages of her sketchbook, she has the freedom to illuminate her art around the theme of symmetry. Each shape is precisely outlined and colored in with sharpie, solely defined by the bleeds of the ink into the paper.

For more information or to inquire about activities with TRIP, please contact Mike Sus at