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.

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.