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Lifestyles for the Disabled Inc

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: The mission of Lifestyles for the Disabled is to provide quality learning experiences that will enable all consumers regardless of their present disabilities to become productive members of society and live their lives with dignity and as independently as possible.

Target demographics: Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 Individuals

Geographic areas served: Staten Island, NY

Programs: At Lifestyles, our programs strive to enrich the lives of developmentally disabled adults by helping them access needed services, achieve fulfillment through positive work experiences, and enjoy life through travel and entertainment opportunities. Lifestyles is committed to supporting the development and implementation of programs which will enable each participant to reach their quality of life goals. Community inclusion is the hallmark of the Lifestyles experience. Our goal is to promote individuality and productivity in the participant’s daily life. Lifestyles achieves these goals through innovative programming, a highly professional staff, dedicated family involvement and strong community relationships. At Lifestyles, our focus is on the individual, their abilities and their independence! Lifestyles Day Habilitation program participants engage in services based on their individualized needs, preferences and goals. Personalized activities and supports enable the participant to live, work, socialize and participate in the community. Lifestyles Day Habilitation services are provided at two main sites, the Willowbrook campus and at the Lifestyles Educational Center (LEC), as well as, numerous other locations including the SI Zoo, Coral Island Shopping Plaza, Staten Island Tech HS, to name a few. Participants work in groups to maintain grounds, gardens, and neighborhood spaces, clean churches, offices, and provide services to help seniors. Lifestyles Day Habilitation program offers a diverse creative arts program. Participants create beautiful handcrafted items, among them are: jewelry, artwork, wreaths, note cards and crocheted items. Participants in the music program learn to sing, drum and increase their knowledge of music. A dance program offers movement and dance technique. For a full list of Day Habilitation programs and other opportunities offered, please visit Lfdsi.org

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the Disabled is a fantastic organization. I admire their courage, leadership, and generous hearts.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the Disabled on Staten Island is a program worthy of acknowledgement. The administrators and staff truly are professional and caring towards all...clear on their mission and do so with integrity and enthusiam..

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend's mom works with special needs adults, not at lifestyles, but she supports the Lifestyles for the disabled program and believes in the abilities of all individuals. thanks for doing something so special that we all can benefit from.

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4 Will L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I admire Lifestyles for the Disabled and all that they stand for. I feel this is a one of a kind program and non-profit. The minute I listened to the program and found out about the organization, I was instantly touched and had complete and utter respect for the volunteers and all of the work that the group does. We need to see more organizations such as LFTD. They really are making a difference and focusing on a group that does not receive as much attention as other non-profit organizations (e.i. breast cancer).

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very close friend of mine's son, Frankie, participates in this program. Since he has belonged to this group, with its dedicated leaders, his life has become more fulfilled. Lifestyles has opened up a new world to Frankie. He now enjoys his every day experiences and has developed true friendships. He is not only learning new things, like the radio program that he enjoys so much, but is also learning skills to help him succeed in life.

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend Chrissie keeps telling me about this special program so I checked it out it is amazing! I enjoy the radio program and now the interviews on itunes too..good job to everyone involved.

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3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This a great program, it gives people with disabilities a wonderful place to go. They benefit from the socializing and finding a place to fit in and groups to enjoy. Very special people work there for very special people.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the disabled is truly a force for all that is kind and decent in this world. I've heard great things and I know they will continue to grow and progress in the right direction.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My personal friend is actively involved in the program and I think it is wonderful. Please support this program everyone, you will be helping so many awesome people!

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2 Isaac K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles For The Disabled is such an awesome group of people! Their mission continues to give disabled members of the community opportunities to live life to their fullest ability, increasing their quality of life! Seeing the organization's work in action reminds me that there is good in this world yet!

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1 Brian L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a mom and pop company that blossomed into an amazing organization that serves it's community in numerous ways. The heart and backbone of the company is richard who loves his workers and program participants.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great program that helps those who are disabled. It is necessary to support those who does good deeds like this.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles offers great opportunities to the disabled in Staten Island, it is an extremely beneficial program.

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1 Michael S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles provides an invaluable service for the community and does so with the ultimate team of professionals. I have friends who have had family there and it has made a measurable differnce in there lives. Thank you Lifestyles!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

a co-worker of mine, Michael Romano, his brother Frankie attends LIFESTYLES. From what I ehar Frankie loves the program, looks forward to it, and he hopes to stay there as long as he can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A co-worker of mine, Michael Romano, his brother Frankie attends lifestyles. The program is helping him very much with his social skills in life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a fantastic organization. Everyone who works there is kind, compassionate and hard working. It seems like every chance they get, they expand and open a new section which enables its clients to develop a brand new set of skills. Years ago they opened he cafe and now he radio station, he golf eam and the peewee program. They truly help all people, all ages, grow. There aren't enough programs like this to meet the needs of this very special community. Hats off to the Lifestyles crew!!

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Alaina S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very good program, that is needed by a lot of people. The world could use a few more people like the ones you find connected to this program,.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two of my brothers attend the Lifestyles for the Disabled program. I know the staff has been nothing but helpful and caring towards my brothers. They provide so much for the individuals that attend this program. With the few programs available for those affected with autism or any other disability after they graduate school at 21, Lifestyles was by far the best program available. My brothers are happy there so that makes my family love this program.

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1 Tracey O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother Robert is part of Lifestyles. His personality and behavior has really grown and changed since he started there. He still has his moments for sure but the staff there are the best at calming him and knowing how to handle the situation. I feel it's an excellent resource for the disabled to grow and learn what it is to feel and be independent respected members of society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this program is one of the coolest things ive ever seen, joel runs a very fun show and really helps out the people. the world needs good people like this in this world. if anyone deserves a break, its lifestyles radio

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is simply amazing. its a very welcoming environment that takes Developmentally disabled adults and provides them with a daily program filled with different groups to best fit the clients abilities and preference, giving them compensation for the work done. the staff are extremely loving, and really do care for the clients as the clients enjoy their staff. Not only is it a hard working environment but a bonding experience. The clients really enjoy coming each day, where they spend time with their peers ,and improve their skills to be the best that they can be in life. Every friday in the summer we provide a BBQ for the clients and hold a dance party and karaoke to celebrate a good weeks work has once again been accomplished.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend Frankie attends Lifestyles and I can see how much of an improvement it has made in his socialization skills.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Lifestyles of the disabled is doing excellent things! they help people and empower people - keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the disabled is a fantastic program that allows disabled adults to contribute to the community. They have a great time and seem to feel responsible and happy in what they are doing.

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David W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LIFE STYLES OF THE DISABLED is doing great things keep up the good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard so much about Lifestyle's from my friend, whose nephew, Frankie, attends the program. She raves about it constantly and how much it has helped her nephew come out of his "shell". It is wonderful to hear how happy he is now and how much Lifestyles has helped him.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great sense of responsibility and community for the members!!! A++ program

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw a video on my friends facebook and I loved it! It makes me feel so good to see that people care about others and that everyone has talents and abilities...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So excited to be able to tell everyone how wonderful the Lifestyles for the Disabled program is... I have met the participants and they are fun, loving and creative..Keep up the good work...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my nephew really likes this place and is thriving here I am so glad my sister found this place

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend Debby's son, Frankie, is a member of this program and she is always telling me how much he enjoys it and how it has been a big help to him. Everyone there makes him feel special and it has been a tremendous asset to his self esteem.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my sister-in-law debby RAVES about lifestyles! i am so happy she found a great place for her son. i know that he is learning life skills and also enjoying social interactions there. personally i enjoy the radio program - i feel like i know all the djs and i like listening to the interviews. this is really a wonderful program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my cousin frankie has become more confident and social since he became part of lifestyles' family. my aunt always talks about what a wonderful program it is and how happy she is for all lifestyles has done to help him. it is a great place.

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Jess H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LIFESTYLES FOR THE DISABLED is an inspirational organization. "The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live."-Elbert Hubbard. The kind hearted people of this organization give the people who are Developmentally Disabled a chance to live life to its fullest. Lifestyles Radio helps give back and creates awareness! This is really a special organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with developmentally disabled people and it's so great to see others take an avid interest in helping others become independent members of the community, not only socially but as empowered individuals. Thanks Joel for giving us inspiration to do more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know lifestyles through my sister who works with autistic children. This is a wonderful program to help them integrate into the community. Definitely a special program to be a part of!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i know lifestyles through the families I currently work with and my boyfriend's brother, Frankie. It truly is an exceptional program!!! I am proud to say that I know people that are a part of this program and that they are excelling beyond their families, and their own expectations.

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Michael R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother, Frankie Romano, attends LIFESTYLES. My mother is very pleased that she chose that program for him as he is just as happy being there. He looks forward to it in the morning, spending the two late nights a week with the program, and hopes to stay there as long as he can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

amazing charity doing great things! Pleased to volunteer!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a fantastic program serving the developmentally disabled in our community.

Tanya S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity that is helping so many people. They are doing a great job! It was a pleasure volunteering.

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Chris R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my brother frankie loves lifestyles. he looks forward to going to 'work' everyday. its a program that helps a wide range of disabilities and my brother is really benefiting from it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Listening to the Lifestyles Radio program is so uplifting and watching the videos make me smile... They are amazing individuals and the people who work with them should be honored.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great cause. It takes some very generous people to give their time and energy towards it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a wonderful program that allows disabled adults to contribute to the community in which they reside. It is a pleasure to see them contributing and have a sense of self worth. It would be a shame to not have the funds to allow these adults to contribute in a way that makes them feel good about themselves. Lifestyles does an amazing job of this and you can see it in the smiles and laughter of the clients.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a friend who is very involved with those with special needs.. and to listen to Lifestyles Radio and hear all that's being done at Lifestyles for the Disabled is truly amazing. Congratulations

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i can't begin to tell you how wonderful this organization is; my two autistic sons-21 and 23 yrs old both attend the lifestyles program daily.if it wasn't for this caring,respectful,professional organization,my wife and i would be at a complete loss for how we could provide a dignified,valuable place in society for our two boys.a dedicated staff,along with an extremely resourceful and professional and truly loving administration is what separates this organization from the rest.strong administration on the front end ends up setting the standards for the staff as to what the children and adult consumers get at the back end and i can unequivocally state that this nonprofit is a clear winner;i am unable to craft in words how lucky we are to have someplace like this for our two boys who both love going to lifestyles each and every day-God bless them all !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program that allows the disabled to have a purpose in a community in which they reside. I am greatful that their are others who care like myself.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very greatful this organization exist. I have two autisic newphews who have graduated from their previous program. Lifestyles program offered them opportunities to grow. They are happy and have adjusted well to their new program. Lifestyles has given our entire family hope and encouragement for the future. Thank you so so much!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

wonderful program for wonderful people utilizng their talents and abilities

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I manage a recreational facility where hundreds of clients from Lifestyles have become members over the past few years. Their dedicated staff utilize our center several days a week making a positive difference in the lives of all who attend. From socialization to computer classs to game room activities or most importantly, developing a healthier lifestyle through fitness and aerobic programs...the Lifestyle team is an amazing crew who are extremely dedicated and can achieve greater heights with additional resources. I am very proud of the partnership we have created and look forward to future endeavors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the Disabled helps make the Staten Island community aware of the the wonderful abilities and contributions the developmentally disabled have to offer...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i know that this is a wonderful program because my friend , debbie, is totally pleased with it because her son is so happy and has prospered..

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Lorraine L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of Lifestyles for the last 5 years and we are blessed to be a part of this program. It has offered him an opportunitity to gain self confidence and learn to live and work independently. The staff are so wonderful and caring. We could not ask for a better environment.
He has learned skills to care for himself and the program focuses on the individual. It also allows him to socialize and develop self esteem.
There is nothing better for our son and we are so happy with his progress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My good friend and her son Frankie have been telling me about this program for months now. Frankie is so happy there with his new friends and being part of a group. His mom always talks about how great the program is and how everyone there is so nice and helpful. They are all her new friends and family. I am so happy that Frankie has found a place that he enjoys so much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping to give people their dignity! Thanks for being there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen a lot of people's lives change because of this program. It's great!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nephew, Frankie, really enjoys this program and it gives him something to look forward to everyday. It has helped him tremendously with interacting with his community and peers. It makes me very happy to see him doing something he enjoys, and I am very grateful for its existence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my neighbor's son frankie loves lifestyles! he always talks about it and his mom is so happy with the program. it is so nice to see him being a part of this wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Everyone wants to feel needed and succesful, even people with disabilities. Helping a person while preserving his/her dignity is very important.

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Milano G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place for great people. Lifestyles gives confidence and happiness to all of it's participants. Truly a fine fine place.

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Jennifer R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend Deborah's son Frankie is involved with Lifestyle's for the Disabled and the smile it brings to his face is enough to make me want to get the word out about this amazing organization to everyone. Being the sister of a disabled individual I know how hard it is to sometimes find that special place for these special souls to fit in and feel comfortable enough to spread their wings and really show people what they're made of. Lifestyles for the Disabled offers a top notch environment and really bring s a feel of importance and accomplishment to each and every member.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What makes a difference in a person's life ... this place for my
friend's daughter, Kara.

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