In 1978, with the dedication of five families and support from a loving community, Lifetime Assistance was born. Shortly after, in 1979, the doors to Lifetime’s earliest residential home opened for the first time.
Richard Klasfeld and Elaine Couch were two of the first residents to walk through the doors at Holley Street and enter their new home. It was a threshold to a new beginning, freedom from the institutionalized walls they had been surrounded by their entire young lives.
For the first time, Richard, Elaine and their new housemates knew what it was like to have a home, a bed of their own, privacy, freedom to get a drink of water and caring staff to help them learn.
Richard was reconnected with his family; he learned how to care for himself and started attending day services, which opened up a world of new skills. Elaine started making friends, enjoyed taking walks and learned the joy of cooking. Most importantly Richard and Elaine learned how incredible it felt like to be loved.
Today, Richard enjoys his many friends and the company of his housemates. Elaine enjoys the natural beauty that surrounds her home, picking vegetables from her garden, feeding the birds and expressing her creativity through jewelry making and crafting. Richard and Elaine are living their best life as happy, thriving seniors that have been supported through their lifetime.
Will you help assure a lifetime of love and support for the next forty years?