Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Smith’s Community Rewards Program Allows You to Have Smith’s Donate Money Back to LifeROOTS for Every Purchase You Make!

Now there’s even more reasons to have and use your Smith’s card!  LifeROOTS is excited to have been chosen to be part of the Smith’s Community Rewards program – where the community can help our not-for-profit simply by shopping with their Smith’s cards and selecting our organization!

To participate, simply sign up at and click on “Create an Account.”  Enter your email address, create a password for this site and designate the Smith’s Store where you shop. You will also be asked for additional information such as your address, phone number, and Rewards’ Card number.

After you enter this information, you will be asked to select the charity you wish to support.  Of course, we hope it will be LifeROOTS!  The next step is to enter the LifeROOTS NPO (Non-Profit Organization) number – our NPO number is 27263.  You will know your enrollment is successful when you return to the information page and the non-profit you selected is indicated on the right side of the page … and you’ll be ready to start shopping, saving … and “giving back” to LifeROOTS simply by using your card!

Once registered, each time you use your Smith’s card a portion of your purchase price will be donated to our organization. This does not change the price of items, the availability of coupons or the reduction in the credit price of gas. It’s truly a win-win for all – you’ll continue to get great value, Smith’s will be donating to a great local cause … and our LifeROOTS members will benefit from these additional donated funds courtesy of the Smith’s Community Rewards program!

We hope you will participate in this great community program and help us raise funds for LifeROOTS as we all shop!  Go to  today to create your account … and make your next purchase go even further in helping us continue our important work helping others in the community!


Bring Reusable Bags When You Shop At Whole Foods Indian School Plaza To Have 10 Cents Per Bag Donated To LifeROOTS

LifeROOTS has been selected by Whole Foods Market as one of the organizations to benefit from the “Your Change Creates Change” program.  LifeROOTS was selected for this honor along with two other local not-for-profits (Montezuma Elementary School and Rio Grande Community Farm) who will each have the opportunity to be part of this exciting Whole Foods Community Giving program. 

From now through January 18th, 2015, shoppers at Whole Foods Indian School Plaza are being given an extra incentive to bring in their reusable bags to shop -- with Whole Foods donating 10 cents per bag to the charity of the customer’s choice.  Upon checkout, shoppers can simply tell the cashier that they’d like their donation made to LifeROOTS, and 10 cents per bag will be made as a donation.

Whole Foods Indian School Plaza is located at 2103 Carlisle Blvd., NE in Albuquerque.  The "Your Change Creates Change" program officially kicks off now and runs through January 18th  – with the hopes that thousands of shoppers using their reusable bags will result in a great deal of “change” being presented to LifeROOTS and the other two not-for-profits at the end of the campaign.

The Whole Foods Market program, which has been done in a number of other cities nationwide, provides an incentive for customers to eliminate single-use plastic bags and develop stronger communities all at the same time.  Through the Your Change Creates Change program, Whole Foods Market is providing a simple way for shoppers to help provide important funds to local not-for-profits, including LifeROOTS, to help them continue to provide the programs and services needed by so many throughout the community.  The program is a win-win for all – with more local residents using reusable bags to help the environment … while playing a part in helping to raise funds to support local not-for-profits.

“We are excited to be part of the Whole Foods Market Your Change Creates Change program, and look forward to this opportunity to both raise money for our organization and promote a healthy environment,” says Kathleen Cates, CEO of  LifeROOTS.  “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to support LifeROOTS and our programs to have money donated to back to us simply by doing their food shopping, and a great example of how change really can create change for those with disabilities.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LifeROOTS Speaks In The Community: LifeROOTS Presents to Groups Throughout the Region to Provide Information On Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

In an effort to provide information about support and services available to families with a child from birth to age 3 who may have a developmental delay, LifeROOTS has been offering an informational presentation to staff at local pediatricians offices and other groups working with young children. Her presentation “Early Intervention: Therapeutic Services for Children Birth to Age 3” focuses on services currently available to families, the process for obtaining FIT services and important tips for outreach to ensure that anyone who needs Early Intervention services gets the help they need.

This Fall, LifeROOTS has already spoken at High Desert Pediatric, Albuquerque Pediatrics and New Mexico Family – offering an informative PowerPoint presentation followed by an interactive Question and Answer session to ensure that her audience understands how to best ensure that children with developmental delays get the help they need and what the FIT program offers. In the coming months, Kathleen will be speaking at a number of other local organizations, including ABQ Health Partners – Coors Center and ABQ Health Partners – Juan Tabo South.

If you are interested in having LifeROOTS speak at your company, group or organization to present important information about Early Intervention, the FIT Program and how to ensure that young children with developmental delays get the help they need at this critical period in their lives, contact Kathleen Cates at 505-255-5501 to schedule.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kathleen Cates and LifeROOTS featured on KRQE In The Morning

LifeROOTS center aims to help those with disabilities

For more than 25 years, LifeROOTS has been helping individuals with disabilities reach their full potential through job training and placement at businesses throughout the region – and now, LifeROOTS has created an important new Supported Employment Training and Placement Center in central New Mexico.

At the new Supported Employment Training and Placement Center, adults with disabilities are given job training through a curriculum-based approach that can include certification. The program consists of individualized one-on-one or small-group training – taking the time to identify personal employment needs for successful job placement. All participants are matched with a variety of retail, manufacturing and skilled positions in the community. LifeROOTS offers training and/or support in a community integrated setting until stabilized in the position, which is usually through 90 days of consecutive employment).

The program’s job training and placement programs include the areas of commercial custodial services, packaging/assembly and shipping opportunities and quality control inspector training. Through the years, LifeROOTS job training services and supported employment program have resulted in tremendous long-term success, with many clients maintaining their jobs for 5 to 15 years.

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.