May 13, 2014
Brunch celebrates moms of children with special needs
The sky was gray on a May 10 afternoon, but inside Swedish/Issaquah, where a special group of moms were treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch, it was nothing but sunshine.
Look no further than Issaquah mom Kimberley Lane’s Mother’s Day card, signed lovingly by her son Brian Galbraith with the inscription “your only son-shine.”
May 6, 2014
Life Enrichment Options, AtWork! and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate a volunteer who dedicates him or herself to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a “Caring Community Award,” as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.
Awards will be presented at the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 22, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers dedicated to making a difference.
Deadline for nominations is May 14. Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.
May 6, 2014
Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come
My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.
I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.
I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.
In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.
I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).
The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.
I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.
April 23, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 23, 2014
Join Life Enrichment Options for Ask a Cop! from 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 at Tibbetts Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.
The event is a fun and informative evening with Issaquah police officers as they discuss the expectations of police in various encounters and help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities to interact safely.
The officers will present multiple scenarios to explain what a law enforcement officer expects of disabled community members and ways to communicate their disability.
March 25, 2014
NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 25, 2014
Fred Nystrom has been named executive director of Life Enrichment Options, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities.
Nystrom has an extensive background in media and fundraising with both nonprofit organizations and businesses.
He is very involved in the Issaquah community, serving previously as a board member for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
December 30, 2013
NEW — 11:25 a.m. Dec. 30, 2013
Life Enrichment Options is seeking an executive director to helm the formerly all-volunteer organization.
The group’s board of directors decided it was time to add the position in an effort to create greater organizational structure and increase Life Enrichment Options’ ability to serve its clients.
October 15, 2013
Life Enrichment Options hosts its annual fundraiser, It’s About the Journey, at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
The event celebrates the life journeys of the residents of the LEO homes, and others the organization serve that live each day with a developmental disability.
LEO supports and advocates for those with developmental disabilities to achieve their lifestyle goals through supportive housing, recreation and employment opportunities, and community education. LEO has been able to achieve its past goals through partnerships and collaborations developed from the community.
Learn more, register for the event or make a donation by emailing email@example.com.
July 16, 2013
As a child, Tim Finnegan watched as his siblings raced soapbox derby cars every year.
Due to a developmental disability, he was never able to participate, until his father Leo Finnegan built a doublewide car that could fit two kids. With his siblings at the wheel, Tim could finally participate in the activity he watched for so long.
On July 20, the Rotary Club of Issaquah and Life Enrichment Options will put on their 16th annual Challenge Series Race, where people with disabilities can race in their own soapbox derby cars alongside their peers.
May 7, 2013
Life Enrichment Options, AtWork!, Special Olympics Issaquah and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate volunteers who dedicates themselves to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a Community Caring Award, as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.
Awards will be presented at the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 30, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.
Deadline for nominations is May 17. Nominees need to be from the Issaquah area (within the Issaquah School District boundaries).
Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.
December 18, 2012
Life Enrichment Options is expanding its efforts to support those with developmental disabilities with its fundraising campaign “Let’s Have a Heart to Heart.”
The goal of the fundraiser is to collect $100,000 to purchase land for a fourth adult family home; for continued maintenance costs of three current homes; and to continue to support specialized recreational programs, educational forums and employment opportunities.
This local parent-based organization was formed more than 20 years ago to create innovative solutions to issues facing those with developmental disabilities, and to increase community awareness of people with developmental disabilities by having them included in all aspects of the community.
Contribute at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.