The entire Lifespire family join together in mourning the passing of Ira Humphrey who passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014. Ira was a beloved Lifespire employee. He started with Lifespire on February 18, 1984. He was loved by all who knew him especially the staff of Sunset Park 2 with whom he worked alongside helping to enhance the lives of the individuals. He was a man who cared deeply for the individuals and would take the time to listen and converse with staff about anything and everything. He was a leader in his activity room and also the eldest staff member of Sunset Park 2. Ira used his knowledge and experience to mentor and inform new staff members that came into his room about working with our individuals. He cared deeply for his job but also believed in fairness which is why he pursued a position as a union representative and worked passionately with CSEA. He believed people should be treated with respect and fairness which translated well into his position with CSEA. Even in his final days was still a very active member of the committee; attending meetings and workshops. Even though his body wouldn’t cooperate, his spirit never wavered and he always greeted his fellow staff members with a smile. Ira left us with many wonderful memories and he will surely be missed by all.
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 Dr. James P. Normandy, Vice President for Mental Health Services received the exceptional service award for serving Lifespire for over 35 years. In a simple but elegant ceremony held at the Renaissance in Astoria, Lifespire held its annual years of award luncheon which honored employees who have served the agency for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. Dr. Normandy was the most distinguished award recipient among many who enjoyed every moment of an exceptional afternoon. The event was attended by Mr. Jeffrey Goodman, President of the Board of Directors of Lifespire, Mr. Mark van Voorst, President and CEO along with many members of the management team of Lifespire.
In his speech, Mr. Tom Lydon, Chief Operating Officer of Lifespire described Dr. Normandy as a caring, dedicated, passionate person who loves to serve, hates injustice and always advocates for what he thinks is right. In his reciprocatory address, Dr. Normandy acknowledged the mission that Lifespire stands for and what makes every employee including himself succeed in life – ‘recognizing the failures and utilizing the next moment to correct them and make the next effort better than the previous one’.
Congratulations Jim and everyone else who continue to be dedicated to the mission and vision we stand for. Have many more years of success in what you are called to do.
Lifespire is proud of our volunteers working for Habitat for Humanity. Our dedicated staff and individuals have joined hands for many noble purposes such as this that makes the Lifespire family feel proud of them. Thank you team Queens South CSC.
On September 19th, 2014 Manhattan North had the privilege of presenting our very own Miriam Gonzalez with NYSID’s 11th annual William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. NYSID’s people-centric Award program celebrates Outstanding Performers nominated by NYSID member agencies. Ms. Gonzalez received this honor for her commitment to hard work, assisting co-workers and following supervisor instruction while participating in Lifespire’s Manhattan North CSC Prevocational program. Her devotion to hard work has made Miriam one of Manhattan North’s Top wage earners and a role model for fellow program participants. At a ceremony consisting of friends, family, Lifespire executive management, and NYSID representative Jim Ring, MS. Gonzalez was presented with a certificate of achievement and a $500.00 Check. Once again the Lifespire family congratulate Ms. Gonzalez on this well-deserved achievement.
What began more than two years ago as a discussion on new day service models with a goal of finding employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has resulted in the creation of a new business. Cleaning with Meaning is a new home and office cleaning business in the New York metropolitan area and Hudson Valley which was developed through the New York Integrated Network (NYIN). Cleaning with Meaning officially opened for business on Oct. 1. NYIN is a coalition of partner providers working to improve care for people with disabilities as the field moves to managed care. The majority of the cleaning technicians have disabilities. Cleaning with Meaning is providing many of them with their first job. All Cleaning with Meaning employees undergo weeks of rigorous training, not only to learn the appropriate cleaning and office skills, but also to develop and deliver outstanding customer service. Three working supervisors who have industry experience will be teamed with one or two cleaning technicians with disabilities. Cleaning with Meaning uses environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Most one-bedroom and studio apartments can be cleaned in three to four hours. Two- and three-bedroom apartments generally can be cleaned within four to eight