Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LifeROOTS featured on KOB segement "Albuquerque organization works with developmentally-delayed children "

By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4 
A local organization is working with developmentally-delayed children in the hopes of giving them a better future.

2-year-old Lucas Albonico and his mother, Lauren, spend an hour or so each Friday at Liferoots in northeast Albuquerque.

It's a local organization that helps kids and adults who have disabilities.

Six months ago, Lauren brought Lucas in for an evaluation, when she learned he has a speech delay.
Now, Lucas is in a playgroup though Liferoots' Early Intervention Program, for kids up to 3-years-old who have developmental delays.

Grace Coca, who works at Liferoots, said early intervention with youngsters with disabilities is the most important part of taking care of them for the future.

"When the do get to school age, they won't be needing any specialized services," Coca said.
Through the program, kids like Lucas also see therapists, who can help prepare them for school and fend off learning disabilities early.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome to Tom Denslow, Our Director of Human Resources

LifeROOTS has hired Tom Denslow as our Director of Human Resources. Tom brings more than 20 years of experience working with both national and regional Fortune 300 companies and not-for-profit organizations to LifeROOTS – where he will oversee all aspects of human resources for the Albuquerque-based organization serving the needs of adults and children with disabilities.

Prior to joining LifeROOTS, Tom spent more than five years as the Human Resource Manager at Pueblo Diversified Industries in Pueblo, Colorado – where he oversaw the human resources functions for more than 250 people at the Pueblo-based not-for-profit providing employment opportunities for those with disabilities. A native of Albuquerque, Tom has returned to his Albuquerque roots to direct the Human Resources division of LifeROOTS – bringing both his experience in human resources management and the not-for-profit arena to direct all aspects of human resources at LifeROOTS.

In his role as Human Resources Director at LifeROOTS, Tom will be ensuring compliance with all Federal/State regulations regarding Hiring/Employment Issues under DOL and Health/Safety functions including OSHA and Workman’s Comp. In addition, he will be working to create and implement policies and procedures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all employees, as well as develop and execute training programs to help managers educate, grow and train their staff.

In addition to his expertise and leadership in the human resources arena, Tom also has experience in a number of other key areas, including marketing program planning, event planning, contract negotiation, operational management, strategic planning, project management, building supervision, purchasing, merchandising, fundraising, development, and grant writing. Prior to his role as Human Resource Manager at Pueblo Diversified Industries, he worked at a number of other not-for-profit organizations and companies throughout Colorado and Kansas City, including the Care and Share Food Bank and the American Cancer Society.

A native of Albuquerque, Tom received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Mediation Certificate from the University of New Mexico, and his Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Agency Open House Friday September 12th!

Do you want to know more about the services LifeROOTS offers? Would you like a tour or meet the staff, participate in some of the activities? Come visit us at our Open House on Friday September 12th 1111 Menaul Blvd from 3pm-6pm. 

What will you see?
  • HR will be set up to receive job applications with open positions and information regarding benefits LifeROOTS has to offer.
  • Activities that adults and children can participate in reflective of program activities offered in Children's Therapy and Services as well as the Adult Community Service programs.
  • Employment opportunities. Talk to Developers and Coordinators regarding the many different job training programs, assessment opportunities and certified trainings offered(we except DVR, DDW, SGF and private pay)
  • Children's Therapy and Services is offering FREE screenings and information for children from birth to age three. Families can come and speak to providers on the many FREE services LifeROOTS offers through their early intervention program. Sign up for your free screening to see if your child qualifies for therapies such as: Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy to the age of three for FREE, FREE, FREE.
  • Related vendors will be present to enhance this supportive one stop information experience.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Special Needs Playground

The new La Ladera playground in Albuquerque's North Valley has a smooth surface, so kids in wheelchairs can access it. It also has special swings, and things do do for kids who are deaf or hearing impaired. KOAT Action 7 News Reporter Angela Brauer and Kathleen Cates explain how not all playgrounds are as inclusive.


Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/special-needs-playground/26937442#ixzz37SIXwUBw

Monday, April 21, 2014

Support LifeROOTS on May 6th

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Give Grande -- a state-wide event created by the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico as a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes.  The event, being held on May 6th, is one of many giving days being held across the country -- and could become one of the largest online fundraising events in history.

As the first-ever statewide day of online giving, Give Grande will raise money for our state’s nonprofits and highlight New Mexico’s spirit of generosity.  Give Grande NM is one of many giving events happening May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event. Donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting www.givegrandenm.org. Visitors to the site will also be able to search for nonprofits by name, city, geographic area and cause, and see in real time what is raised across the state and for each nonprofit.   Each local gift will be amplified with dollars from a national incentive pool of funds, plus New Mexico will also have its own, additional incentive prizes.

Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved in this unprecedented day of online giving -- and help support LifeROOTS through this great community event.  We'll be sending more information and links to the LifeROOTS giving page in the weeks to come.  In the meantime, you can visit www.givegrandenm.org  for more information about this exciting new community giving program!