LifeROOTS news & updates
NISH National AwardJanuary 12, 2012
We wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding LifeROOTS -- and a recent national award that we are being honored with in recognition of our organization's role in helping people with disabilities in the workplace.
NISH, the national nonprofit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities, has just honored LifeROOTS with its "2011 AbilityOne/NISH Performance Excellence in Using the AbilityOne Program to Further Its Mission" Award -- a prestigious honor and one which highlights our commitment to helping people with disabilities through the AbilityOne Program. The AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities in the United States. The award will be presented to us in May at the upcoming AbilityOne/NISH National Training and Achievement Conference being held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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LifeROOTS Fall 2011 NewsletterDecember 2, 2011
LifeROOTS has just launched a beautiful new line of holiday cards for the 2011 holiday season. The cards were designed, created and produced by members of the LifeROOTS program – and showcase the tremendous dedication, commitment and talent of our clients who are all living with a disability … and who have found their passion in art. .....
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LifeROOTS on Comcast's It's All Good New MexicoNovember 15, 2011
LifeROOTS is featured on Comcast's It's All Good New Mexico program. The video displays the services that we provide to children and adults with physical, behavioral and developmental disabilities in Albuqueruqe, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas. .....
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LifeROOTS Trains the Disabled for JobsNovember 8, 2011
New Mexico Business Weekly by Megan Kamerick, NMBW Senior Reporter Date: Friday, October 14, 2011, 4:00am MDT The job picture continues to look bleak for many Americans. But for those with disabilities, it's even worse. The unemployment rate for New Mexicans with any disability was 19.1 percent in 2009, according to the 2009 American Community Survey. A new program by an Albuquerque nonprofit is aimed at those who need some of the most basic skills to enter the work force, such as making correct change and interacting with others......
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A Grand Opening for LifeROOTSNovember 8, 2011
Mayor Tom Swisstack, middle, helps cut the ribbon at the official grand opening Thursday of LifeROOTS in Rio Rancho. LifeROOTS recently changed its name from RCI to more effectively reflect its mission -- helping disabled people from the beginning of their lives. .....
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Bring the Holidays to LifeOctober 26, 2011
LifeROOTS has just launched a beautiful new line of holiday cards for the 2011/2012 season. The cards were designed, created and produced by members of the LifeROOTS program – and showcase the tremendous dedication, commitment and talent of the programs members who are all living with a disability … and who have found their passion in art. .....
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Celebrate Disabled's Role in WorkplaceOctober 21, 2011
With October marking the annual celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, our nation’s attention has once again turned toward the important role that people with disabilities can, and should, have in today’s workplace.
The heightened awareness that this designated month brings is an important start in educating the public about the value of hiring people with disabilities; however, the issue of disability employment is something that is not only to be recognized each year in October, but to be recognized by companies and organizations year-round – with more of our local businesses truly recognizing how hiring people with disabilities not only can enhance the lives of people with disabilities, but also can enhance the bottom line of their business. .....
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LifeROOTS CEO Interviews with Good Day New MexicoOctober 13, 2011
Kathleen Cates of LifeROOTS explains how her program offers services for kids and adults with special needs. .....
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Rio Rancho Ribbon Cutting on October 13, 2011October 6, 2011
For the past few years, RCI, Inc. has helped people with disabilities
in Rio Rancho enhance their lives through our innovative programs and services. Our programs have helped so many in the community --
and now, we are introducing a new name and new look to our
organization that will let the community in Rio Rancho know just how we can
help people with disabilities reach their true potential.
Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
and Open House to celebrate our new name in Rio Rancho:.....
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New Mexico Ticket to Work Job FairOctober 3, 2011
On November 1st from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, LifeROOTS will be participating in the second annual Ticket to Work Job Fair. LifeROOTS will be presenting as a Ticket to Work Employment Network, Service Provider and as an Employer. This job fair is for all Ticket to Work Beneficiaries and all other individuals with disabilities who desire to work. .....
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LifeROOTS Summer 2011 NewsletterSeptember 21, 2011
RCI has long offered the solid “roots” that have helped so many individuals throughout the community enhance their quality of life. Now, we’ve unveiled a powerful new name and logo that not only signifies the important role that we have in offering a strong foundation of programs and services for people with disabilities and their families, but which highlights our commitment to helping the individuals we serve grow, flourish and blossom to achieve their highest potential......
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LifeROOTS Seeks Art Supply DonationsSeptember 7, 2011
LifeROOTS (www.liferootsnm.org), the not-for-profit organization serving the needs of children and adults with physical, developmental and/or behavioral disabilities, is seeking donations of all types of art supplies to help in their unique community programming. The organization, which offers a wide variety of on-site programs for children and adults as well as a day habilitation program in both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, currently touches the lives of more than 2,000 people with disabilities each year – with .....
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Community Friend-Raiser on September 24th, 2011August 30, 2011
LifeROOTS will be hosting a Flea Market. If you would like to share in this Community Event, you may do so by donating to this event or by selling your own Garage Sale Items, such as; Collectibles, Vintage wares, Antiques, Artwork, or Hand Made Items. Prices for each space are: Under cover with 2 tables and 2 chairs, $20.00; Uncovered with 1 table and 2 chairs, $10.00. Advertising is included in the price, as well as disposal of unwanted items at the end of the event. To Donate to this event, please call Connie at 255-5501(Ext 1808). To sell your own items please email Kathleen Cates at KathleenC(at)LifeROOTSNM.org .....
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Rio Rancho Observer Article: LifeROOTS Seeks Daily TriumphsAugust 18, 2011
Ten years ago, Kathleen Cates looked everywhere for ways to help her newborn daughter, Emma, who came into this world with a paralyzed arm.
She didn't like the answers she got from doctors and others in the health-care profession. But Cates finally found appropriate care for little Emma at RCI.
Emma now attends a public school in Rio Rancho and can fend for herself just fine, says her mom. "RCI was literally the savior for my daughter," said Cates. "They did a full evaluation of her. They really gave me. .....
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LifeROOTS CEO Interview with Citadel RadioAugust 5, 2011
Listen to the interview of LifeROOTS CEO, Kathleen Cates hosted by Art Ortega on Citadel Radio "Sunday Edition" Public Affairs Talk. Kathleen discusses LifeROOTS and the services it provides to children and adults with disabilities......
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Feed Me Now - Mobile Snack Cart ProgramJuly 28, 2011
BRING THIS PROGRAM TO YOUR OFFICE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY!
• Mobile snack and drink cart brought to your office building.
• Operator takes cart to each office and sells snacks and drinks to employees (chips, candy, soda, fruit, water, etc).
• Cart is operated by an individual with a disability.
• Helps train people with disabilities and teaches pertinent skills such as communication, organization and much more. • No fee to service your office....
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Albuquerque Journal Article: Supplying SupportJuly 20, 2011
LifeROOTS is honored to have been featured in The Sunday Journal highlighting our LifeWORKS Business and Contract Services division and former client and Kirtland Air Force Base Switchboard Operations Supervisor Gloria Silva. Written by Richard Metcalf and published by the Albuquerque Journal....
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The Importance of Early Intervention Published ArticleJuly 5, 2011
Every parent desires only the best for their child. Parents learn early on that they are their child’s best protector. New and experienced parents will investigate and research the best resources for their children. If it is a school, pediatrician or the most nutritious breakfast food, parents have learned to advocate for what is best for their child. Today there is so much information regarding the developmental stages and milestones of children. How can a parent assess what is relevant or not? Parents have learned to listen to their instincts and ask.....
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LifeROOTS CEO Interviews with KASA's New Mexico StyleJuly 1, 2011
KASA - LifeROOTS Interim CEO Kathleen Cates, joins Nikki to talk about the programs and services they offer for children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral disabilities. Free evaluations are offered and for more info, go to: LifeROOTSnm.org.
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RCI, Inc. Launches New Organization Name and LogoJune 29, 2011
RCI, Inc., the community-based organization serving the needs of children and adults with physical, developmental and/or behavioral challenges, has long offered the solid “roots” that have helped so many individuals throughout the community enhance their quality of life. Now, the organization has unveiled a powerful new name and logo that not only signifies the important role that they have in offering a strong foundation of programs and services for people with disabilities and their families, but which highlights...
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What Makes This Woman Amazing?March 17, 2011
She is amazing because nothing impedes her from moving forward. As a Career Discovery participant she assists in running the ‘Feed Me Now’ store. She greets and helps customers despite a speech impediment. As a result, her speech has improved to the point that she is easily understood. Her computer skills have grown rapidly because she finalizes the cash intake, figures out the profit, and then enters the corresponding numbers using Excel. The need to reach and stock shelves and refill the refrigerator with....
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A Mother's WordsMarch 17, 2011
“My son was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta after a break in his pelvic bone at the age of 10 months. A diagnosis took about 5 months and then I requested pool therapy. My contact at the Family Infant Toddler (FIT) program in Sandoval County recommended that I contact LifeROOTS. The pool therapist contacted me right away and we began weekly therapy sessions at a warm therapy pool. My son loved his therapist and enjoyed the sessions, all the while growing stronger. The therapist kept things fun for us but each activity was designed to help my son with his core strength. He began walking and made incredible improvement. He is now 6 1/2 years old and looks, plays and is strong like other boys his age....
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