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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.

Sunset Park 1 CSC is now Michael Rappaport Center
September 15 2014

The Sunset Park 1 CSC has been renamed as the Michael Rappaport Center. The President of the Board of Lifespire, Mr. Jeff Goodman announced that the renaming is done in honor of Michael who passed away earlier this year but left an unparalleled legacy. Sunset 1 is one of the largest Comprehensive Services Centers for Lifespire and it is only fitting that the center is named after Michael in his adopted home town especially as he always thought of the BIG picture of all things. Yes Michael, you will never be forgotten.

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.

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.