The Fund For LIFE
For 25 years, LIFE has been helping people develop the skills they need to achieve the maximum level of independence. Our participants on the Cape and in Plymouth benefit from not only independent living, but also recreational and fitness opportunities, and an active social LIFE. Our professional direct care staff provide individual guidance, and our employment team is dedicated to finding just the right employment match for each person. We provide as much support as each individual needs in all areas of LIFE. LIFE participants are an integral part of the vibrant, diverse, year-round population of Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.
But we can only do this with your help. Please consider donating to LIFE to help us help those who need our support to live a fulfilling LIFE.
Profiles in Possibility: Allen Northcutt
Call him a LIFER.
Allen Northcutt moved into his first LIFE residence 25 years ago and has been loving every day since. “You see some people come and go, but I’m here to stay,” he said. “Living here, I’ve accomplished a lot of my goals.”
Northcutt, who turns 50 in August, moved into LIFE’s first home in Hyannis in December of 1993. “There were six of us to start, and four of us are still here today,” said Northcutt.
A Kentucky native, he came to the Cape to attend the Riverview School, where he met Josh Edelson, another 25-year resident of LIFE. The pair were former roommates in West Yarmouth after graduating from the Riverview School. Edelson’s family had been integral in finding the Hyannis property and helping to launch LIFE. Northcutt moved with Edelson to Hyannis, where there were eight units at the time, and he remained there until he moved into his own condo
20 years ago. He now lives in LIFE’s Mashpee community.
“I have my own car, so if I want to go somewhere—like to the gym or to play golf or spend time with friends—I can just go,” he said.
Though he is very independent, he also appreciates the support systems LIFE has in place for its participants .
“If I’m ever stuck, whether it’s a flat tire or a question about budgeting, the staff is here to help,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s someone who works directly with me or just general staff, someone will stop what they’re doing to help.”
Northcutt is well known in the Mashpee community, having worked at Roche Brothers for
12 years. His job functions range from cashier to delivering catering orders to everything in between.
“I’m known as the multi-tasker,” he said. “I enjoy the people and the jobs that I do. The people I work with are some of the best.”
He also found love at LIFE, marrying his wife, Susan, in 2009. The couple became friends when Susan moved to Mashpee in 2001 and eventually started dating in 2005.
“I think some of the younger people look up to us and will come to us for advice, and we’re happy to help them,” he said.
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Main office: LIFE, Inc., 550 Lincoln Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601
Living Independently Forever, Inc. is a non-profit with multiple locations throughout Southeast Massachusetts supporting adults with autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of a happy, independent life.