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.
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Profiles in Possibility
As a member of one of LIFE’s founding families, Josh has some history with the organization.
He moved into LIFE’s first home in Hyannis in December of 1993. “The land was empty, so a few of our families got together and started developing it,” he said. “It started with the office and condos A and B.”
Josh’s father was the president of a wholesale distributor of sporting equipment in New Jersey. His mother was a board member and coordinator of fundraising events for a nonprofit repertory theater in New York City. But for Josh, the Cape is home. “I love my condo,” said Josh, who has lived in the same unit for 25 years. “I’m very happy here.”
Josh has an active life, taking drum lessons and speech lessons, socializing with his peers, going to the theater, watching movies, dancing, cooking, skiing, swimming and playing tennis, basketball and soccer. He’s been a veteran member of LIFE’s Special Olympics teams. Theater and dance have always been a big part of his life and he participates in a dance group called the Players. He also regularly attends shows at Barnstable High School and elsewhere in the community.
“Now with cell phones, I can be more independent,” he said. “I can call a taxi to take me to my lessons or to a show.”
He also works at both Whole Foods and Star Market. He is a bagger at Star Market and at Whole Foods, he is known as “the cookie man,” serving up trays of cookies sandwiched together by cream — to the delight of the shoppers there.
“I’ve been told I’m always on time and I always have a smile on my face,” he said.