OUR HISTORY

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.

Life Styles' First Facility

1976 Life Styles' first facility consisted of 10 rooms at the Hi-Way Inn Motel on College Avenue.

Life Styles' First Group

Late 1970s Carol Hart (seated, center) started Life Styles with a small group of adults in 1976.

Life Styles Penny Drive

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.

Support Center Ribbon Cutting

1986 Then-governor Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Life Styles Support Center.

Polo In The Ozarks Fundraiser

1989 Always held at the Buell Family Farm, our annual Polo In The Ozarks fundraiser thrilled crowds for 30 years.

Off to Disney World

1991 Life Styles regularly hosts group trips to fun destinations both near and far, like this one to Disney World.

First Client to Own a Home

1994 Kenneth Blanks becomes a proud homeowner, and Life Styles becomes even more proud of him.

Homemaid Cleaning Service

1994 Life Styles businesses, like 1990s-era Homemaid, help clients gain confidence and job and social skills while earning a wage.

First Client to Earn a College Degree

2003 Brenda Stout earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas. Woo pig!

Stensgaard Center Groundbreaking

2010 The Stensgaard Center houses Life Styles administrative offices, evening activities program, and most College For Living classes.

Life Styles Penny Drive

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.