LIFE Stories

  • Completing her college journey

    When LIFE participant Olivia Vendola was presented a college diploma this past spring, it was one of her happiest moments. Olivia, who has been deaf since birth, enrolled at Cape Cod Community College in the fall of 2012 and earned her associate’s degree in May. Wearing a graduation cap decorated with a picture of Pixar’s … Continue reading Completing her college journey

  • Mirbeau executive chef dishes on job placement

    Employment options for LIFE residents are vast and ever growing, with new establishments such as the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills looking to fill jobs. Mirbeau, which opened three years ago, is a 50-guestroom spa retreat situated on the Village Green of The Pinehills. The resort has several dining options overseen by Executive … Continue reading Mirbeau executive chef dishes on job placement

  • Tournament Fishes Up Funds for LIFE

    Thanks to one bluefish, two big-hearted local business owners and four lucky fishermen, LIFE became nearly $4,000 richer this past summer. LIFE was one of the beneficiaries of the inaugural charity Charter Cup Fishing Tournament, presented by E.J. Jaxtimer of E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. and Sam Baxter of Baxter’s Boathouse and Fish & Chips. The … Continue reading Tournament Fishes Up Funds for LIFE

  • Dancing her way into a coaching job

    It all started with Zumba. Eleven years ago, Heidi Campinha was introduced to LIFE through the Riverview School, where she was teaching Zumba classes. She soon began teaching Zumba to the residents at LIFE and loved every minute of it. In the back of her mind, she was always hoping a full-time position would open … Continue reading Dancing her way into a coaching job

  • LIFE Stories: A message of hope through beads

    With every new piece of jewelry Erin Bressler designs, it’s another reminder of the moments she’s been able to enjoy since beating a brain tumor . Bressler, 26, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 4. “I had three surgeries and was in and out of the hospital for a lot of my childhood,” … Continue reading LIFE Stories: A message of hope through beads

  • Morrison feels at home in new role

    For Tia Morrison, the transition from working with young children in a classroom and clinical setting to working with adults living independently has been a fulfilling one. Morrison, the manager of one of the Hyannis group homes, has worked for LIFE for a year. She has a background in working with children with autism. After … Continue reading Morrison feels at home in new role

  • LIFE Stories: Amanda and Stephanie, roommates for LIFE

    It can often be a challenge for new roommates to find the right balance in sharing living space, but LIFE residents Amanda Church and Stephanie Polito seem to have it figured out. Church has been living at  LIFE for three years and Polito arrived two years ago. They room together in a ranch-style, two-bedroom condo … Continue reading LIFE Stories: Amanda and Stephanie, roommates for LIFE

  • Shriver hosts Hall of Famer, Special Olympics athletes at his new home

    HYANNIS PORT—It was a special night for three Special Olympics athletes who were invited to the summer home of Timothy Shriver. Shriver, who serves as chairman of Special Olympics, hosted NHL Hockey Hall of Famer and Olympic champion Slava Fetisov as well as Special Olympics medalists Amanda Church, Jon Derr and Trey Marabella on Aug. … Continue reading Shriver hosts Hall of Famer, Special Olympics athletes at his new home

  • Mashpee Chamber of Commerce found the “write” hire

    A critical component to the services LIFE provides its residents is assistance in pursuing and holding a purposeful job. Thankfully, a number of local businesses and organizations, such as the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, have stepped up over the years to offer meaningful employment opportunities.  The Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 350 businesses … Continue reading Mashpee Chamber of Commerce found the “write” hire

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