Life Styles: Providing Quality Services to Individuals with Disabilities since 1976.
Our Executive Director, Carol Hart, founded Life Styles in 1976 as an alternative to group homes and institutions that segregate individuals with disabilities from the community.
Life Styles’ first facility was at the Vet-View Motel on College Avenue, where we rented the lobby, manager’s quarters, and ten units to serve as apartments for independent living.
Life Styles moved to the Hughes Street apartments. Our Community Living Phase III was the first such program in the state.
Life Styles raised $20,000 in pennies to fund the construction of our current facility on Sycamore Street. The Penny Drive set a Guinness World Record. Then-governor Bill Clinton attended the grand opening of the center.
Our signature fundraiser Polo in the Ozarks began with the help of the Buell family.
Space and services were expanded with the construction of duplexes on Dawn Street.
Life Styles received the Eagle Award from Washington Regional Medical Foundation for outstanding health care leadership and excellence in Northwest Arkansas. Life Styles was also nominated this year, as well as the next two years, for Arkansas Business’ Non-Profit of the Year Award.
Space and services were expanded again with purchase of duplexes on Linda Jo Place.
Life Styles was a finalist for the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Non-Profit of the Year and Executive Director of the Year Awards.
Life Styles introduced the Buell Distinguished Service Award, presented at the annual Celebration of Possibilities Luncheon to an individual or group whose service has made an invaluable contribution to Life Styles and the people it serves.
Executive Director Carol Hart was awarded the Women of Distinction Award by the local Girl Scout council for her contributions to developing diversity in our community. Carol was also one of 100 women chosen nationally from a nominee field of 3,000 and recognized by the Charming Shoppes’ VOICES campaign for bringing about positive community change.
Life Styles launched its first-ever capital campaign to support the construction of a new 14,000 square foot facility. The campaign is scheduled for completion by spring 2009.
Jim and Nancy Blair, trustees of the James B. Blair Revocable Trust, donated the 7500 square foot office building at 5200 South Thompson Avenue in Springdale, Arkansas – affectionately known as Blair’s Lair – along with a substantial amount of personal property. The building houses Life Styles’ College for Living (CFL) visual art program and is a temporary home for the entire College for Living program while the new CFL Center is being built.
The construction of Life Styles’ future College for Living Center, The Stensgaard Center begins. The Stensgaard Center will allow individuals with developmental disabilities served by Life Styles, Inc. to further enhance other aspects of their life, from creative expression and recreational pursuits to skill building and self-advocacy. We are thrilled to provide a setting for individuals we serve to realize their full potential as contributing members of the community.