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Celebrating EMPLOYEEs' Anniversary

One definition for steadfast is resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. In other words, our exemplary staff are loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, solid and trustworthy.

Lifespire’s founders, Ida Rappaport and Harry Kamish, were steadfast in their belief that their children were capable and deserving a full life despite their being differently abled. They would be so proud of all of us for being united in mission, being united in purpose, being united in vision. Ida and Harry made a difference in world. As the CEO of Lifespire I have the privilege and honor of leading such a great team of folks. Thank you for continuing with Ida and Harry’s legacy. Thank
you for being exemplary steadfast people! Together we will change the world!

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Johnny Grube


Johnny Grube, a long-time participant in Lifespire’s Staten Island CSC, was a Staten Island legend for his sense of community and love of Monsignor Farrell High School’s sports. After he passed last year, the High School struggled with a way of remembering Johnny’s spirit and support of their teams. The class of 2019 successfully petitioned the Staten Island Community Board 3, as well as local politicians, to have the part of Amboy Road that runs in front of the school’s gymnasium renamed after Johnny. Councilman Steven Matteo announced on March 24, 2019 that the petition was successful and that the unveiling of the new sign will take place this summer or fall!  Congratulations to the Msgr. Farrell High School Class of 2019!
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Lifespire Recognized as a Health Leader

Lifespire is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Award for Health Leadership Excellence by Mainstay/My25. This award reflects Lifespire’s commitment to the health of the people we support through our implementation of Mainstay and its choice-based mealtime content My25. The My25 program is a cost-effective personalized outcomes-based solutions dietary program.

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Each Team Lifespire 2019
Runner must commit to raising
at least $2,500 for Lifespire Foundation.

Please see our Campaign Page or contact Karel S. Karpe,
VP Grants and Development, Lifespire Foundation
at kkarpe@lifespire.org 212 741 0100 ext. 4570.