Changing lives since 1976.
Life Styles was founded in Fayetteville in 1976 by Carol Hart, whose work with disabled youth at what-was-then-called the Washington County School for Trainable Children inspired her to challenge the conventional options available to adults with disabilities—namely segregation in group homes and institutions that keep people isolated from community life.
Ever since, Life Styles has been devoted to helping adults with disabilities live productive, self-directed lives at home, work, and play in the very midst of Northwest Arkansas—building a more diverse and vibrant community for each and every one of us, enriched by people of all abilities.
1976 Life Styles' first facility consisted of 10 rooms at the Hi-Way Inn Motel on College Avenue.
Late 1970s Carol Hart (seated, center) started Life Styles with a small group of adults in 1976.
1986 Two million pennies (aka $20,000!) were collected at the Northwest Arkansas Mall to help build our Residential campus—and get us into the Guinness Book of World Records.
1986 Then-governor Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Life Styles Support Center.
1989 Always held at the Buell Family Farm, our annual Polo In The Ozarks fundraiser thrilled crowds for 30 years.
1991 Life Styles regularly hosts group trips to fun destinations both near and far, like this one to Disney World.
1994 Kenneth Blanks becomes a proud homeowner, and Life Styles becomes even more proud of him.
1994 Life Styles businesses, like 1990s-era Homemaid, help clients gain confidence and job and social skills while earning a wage.
2003 Brenda Stout earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas. Woo pig!
2010 The Stensgaard Center houses Life Styles administrative offices, evening activities program, and most College For Living classes.