Lifespire is committed to the principle that all individuals with a developmental disability are able to become contributing members of their families and communities. It is our aim to provide these individuals with the assistance and support necessary so that they can attain the skills needed to maintain themselves in their community in the most integrated and independent manner possible.

Welcome Laura
July 14 2014

The Lifespire family welcomes Laura Hill, MSN who is joining us as our Director of Nursing. Laura brings to us diverse experience in many aspects of nursing services delivery and management, with extensive background serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. She also brings to us her experience in health information technology and electronic medical records. We are confident that our team will be strengthened by the addition of Laura.

2014 Humanitarian Award Goes to Anthony Demarinis
July 01 2014

Anthony DeMarinis received the 2014 Lifespire Humanitarian Award at the 14th Lifespire Annual Golf Classic held at the Cold Spring Country Club located at East Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743 on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Anthony has been a consistent supporter of the mission that Lifespire stands for. This event was aimed at raising funds for various endeavors that support the mission of Lifespire. Due to the collaborative efforts of staff, volunteers and well-wishers, the day ended on a successful note. We thank our event sponsors and well-wishers for their continued support. A special word of appreciation goes to Elia Cintron, our Event Coordinator. Thank you Elia.

End of an Era..
June 05 2014

The Lifespire Family Mourns the Sad Demise of Mr. Michael Rappaport, Member of the Board of Directors and the Son of Our Founder Ms. Ida Rappaport. Services will be Held at Sinai Chapel, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 on Sunday 06/08/2014 at 11:30 am.

Queens South Individual Machelle is honored by QCDD
May 16 2014

Lifespire Day Services and Queens South CSC are proud of individual Machelle Williams, who was recently honored at the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Celebrating Success event, which was held on April 29th. Machelle had been living with her daughter in a foster home all of her life. When certain situations changed, Machelle realized that her home life was not safe for herself or her daughter. Machelle reached out to friends and family but no one could assist her. However, Machelle had the steadfast support and assistance from her MSC and especially from Lifespire’s Queens South Assistant Director, Roxann Murphy, who made several phone calls daily, and organized all her documents and appointments. Machelle and her daughter have found a new home in a supported apartment. Machelle is also proud of her daughter, who will be graduating from high school in June and will be attending college in the fall. Congratulations, Machelle! Great job, Roxann!

Sam Tocker Center ‘Dresses for Success’
May 16 2014

On April 16th, 2014, Sam Tocker/Brooklyn CSC sponsored a “Dress for Success” Day. This event began with the individuals arriving at program dressed in professional attire, where they completed job applications and participated in mock job interviews. The staff set up the Pre-vocational area like a job fair and simulated “companies” for the individuals to interview with, including Target, Chase Bank, Pathmark, and Lifespire. The staff assisted the individuals in putting together their resumes and completing job applications. The resumes included some of the jobs the individuals worked on in Pre-Voc. The individuals were instructed on how to conduct themselves on a job interview. The staff encouraged the individuals to be confident, respectful and, most importantly, learn the importance of being punctual for their interviews. The objective was to enhance the individuals’ communicative skills, social skills, and confidence while simultaneously preparing them for job readiness. Families and advocates thanked the staff for preparing their loved ones for future employment opportunities. A special thanks to staff members Dante Boone and Cliff McDonald for organizing this remarkable event.

We are proud of you Pedro…
April 08 2014

On February 28, 2014, Individual Pedro Santiago, from Lifespire’s Bronx Comprehensive Services Center, attended and participated in the Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council Annual Legislative Breakfast. Pedro participated in a special presentation where he was given the opportunity to speak in a roomful of hundreds of people that included representatives from OPWDD, State Assemblymen, Senators, Families, Individuals, and Service Providers, about what his Pre-vocational Program means to him.

Staten Island DDRO DD Council Felicitates Mary and Sheila
February 25 2014

On December 13, 2013, individuals Mary Cummings and Sheila Jackson from our Staten Island CSC were honored at the Staten Island DDRO DD Council awards ceremony. Mary Cummings was honored as a member of the Lifespire family for 20 years. She has done exceptional work in our Pre-Vocational program. “Mary has a great work ethic. She completes her tasks independently once she is given the instructions. She has gone above and beyond by offering help to her peers who have difficulty completing their tasks. There is talk of her becoming more independent in the future”, stated Steve Green, Facility Director, who also attended the event, along with Gaetana Lisanti, Assistant Director, and other Lifespire staff and executives. Sheila Jackson, who also attends the Staten Island CSC, was honored as well, nominated by her residence. Everyone enjoyed listening to her beautiful voice when she sang two holiday songs for the crowd.

Jillian and Monique Receive NYSADSP Awards
October 14 2013

On October 8, 2013, agencies from New York City and Long Island came together to celebrate their staff at the Annual New York State Adult Day Service Providers (NYSADSP) Regional Conference and Awards Luncheon. Jillian Castillo, Assistant Director of the Manhattan South CSC was honored with the Leadership award. Monique Marion, Day Habilitation Counselor at Queens South CSC was honored with the Direct Support Professional Award.