The last line of LifeLine’s charter summarizes the purpose of all of the preceding lines: “To share the love of Jesus Christ and the Biblical concept of the value of all human life with everyone who makes contact with this organization in word and deed.” I don’t know many people whose life epitomized that last line more than Randy Payne.
Because of a wheelchair and Craigslist several years ago, he and Rachel Payne became volunteers, and then friends and then LifeLine board members. The last time I saw him, just a few days ago, he was
“The University of Iowa REACH Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. UI REACH provides a campus experience to empower young adults to become independent, engaged members of the community. Courses, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. UI REACH strives to maintain periodic contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.
LifeLine™ Launches SNAP First Responder Training
SNAP – Special Needs Awareness Program
Chattanooga, Tennessee: LifeLine™ launched its new Special Needs Awareness Program (“SNAP”) on Monday, January 9, 2017, with the first of a planned multi week training for the Chattanooga Fire Department. For several years training and information on specific diagnoses or disability groups has been available to first responders, but this is the first time first responders will be trained with general disability information covering a multitude of different diagnoses, scenarios, and circumstances.
For co-authors Lisa Mattheiss and Skyler Phillips, this is a personal mission.
On Thursday evening, January 27, 2017, LifeLine families came together at our northwest Georgia FamilyShare support group and discussed ways to facilitate our children’s emotional regulation at home and at school. Lisa Mattheiss shared ideas and resources that she and Michal Jones had collected in their years of working with families in Chattanooga and northwest Georgia. You can find the notes for that presentation here. After a break, the group reconvened. Families began to share various challenges and solutions, outlining resources, strategies, and websites that had worked for them in various emotionally challenging situations. They also offered their own observations based on personal circumstances.
Here is a list of many of the ideas and suggestions that were provided by our families:
thu4may6:30 pm- 8:30 pmVacation Bible School Church Staff TrainingIncluding Children with Special Needs6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc.