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Health Care Foundation Gives Grant to Life Works iPad Program

The Health Care Foundation granted Life Works $6147 to purchased iPads and applications to help people with disabilities communicate regarding their healthcare issues.

The iPads let a person touch a picture or type a word and the device will speak the word out loud. The application Proloquo2go makes it possible for an individual to create sentences and have conversations. The intuitive software can be adapted to fit the specific needs of each person.

People that have never been able to communicate verbally are now using the iPads with great success.

Thank you Health Care Foundation!

United Way Grants funds to Life Works Children’s Programs

The Life Works Project Hope program received a United Way grant of $13,487 to further its reach to families with children with disabilities. The Project Hope team assists families to find the best resources to help their children with disabilities, such as Autism.

In 2011 and 2012, more than 200 families have been touched by the Project Hope program through the use of the sensory integration room, specialty camps such as Lose the Training Wheels, direct counseling, and respite services.

Thank you United Way!

Walk to Show Your Support for Autism Services

Autism is a developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in every 88 births in the United States was an Autistic child.

The second annual Autism Walk for Hope will take place on Saturday, April 20, to benefit services for people with Autism. Registration begins at 8:30 in the Lions club park area at Lake Sacajawea in Longview. The funds raised from the walk helps people with disabilities, including those with Autism and their families, to find the support they need to be successful.

For more information, go to www.lifeworkswa.org, or check us out on Facebook!

Giving Back Matters to AmeriCorps Member Megan Peaker

Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network (CAN) is an organization sponsored by Life Works that is dedicated to increasing health, education and safety in the local community by placing 34 members in non-profits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups to serve 11 month terms.

We would like to introduce you to Megan Peaker, a member of CAN. Her host site is Lower Columbia College – Career Counseling and Employment Services, where she is responsible for helping students choose their degrees and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), in addition to assisting them with job search skills and writing resumes and cover letters.

Like many young adults, Megan went to college and was left wondering what to do with her education after she graduated. Without direction, Megan found it difficult to cope with the uncertainty in her life. She started volunteering at the Habitat Store, where the manager (a CAN alumnus) suggested she apply for the team; she was accepted and assigned to her current host site. At LCC, she enjoys working with all kinds of people and was happy to notice that very few were overtly rude in what is often a high-stress situation. The 2012-2013 CAN team has been a learning experience for her. She has been trained in balancing money and writing reports and timesheets, and she has learned about different communication styles and how important the non-profit sector truly is. Megan feels she has developed into a better person overall as a result of he  involvement with CAN -- it has helped her to find a purpose and has changed her outlook on the world. As a stronger, more independent person, she is now able to give back in a way that matters.