This Year's Project:
SIMPLE. POSITIVE. HEALTHY. SUPPORTIVE.
Simplicity is the Secret Sauce to our Business!
Simple Life, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to assist individuals with disabilities in improving and building their life skills. We want to help individuals become as independent and productive as possible.
From symptom management and coping skills, to every day tasks like how to make a grilled cheese sandwich or have a productive conversation with a friend, our goal is to break life down to its simplest form, like following a recipe. Our supportive team works with members, and members work with each other, to develop the skills necessary to live an independent and productive life.
One of our success stories involves a Simple Life member whom we'll call Isobel. She receives supportive services both at our Day Habilitation program and in her home. During the past year and a half, our dedicated, dynamic team has inspired Isobel to learn anger management, social skills, and basic living skills. At first, she was very apprehensive about participating in our program because she believed that her explosive outbursts were simply uncontrollable and the natural consequence resulted in her being a permanent social outcast. “That's just the way I am. I can't change. I don't know how to,” she shared. This spilled over into her total acceptance of a non-existent social life and an unhealthy way of living. Behind the scenes, our Simple Life team unanimously agreed, “Challenge accepted!” and we didn't look back. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely! One step at a time, we taught Isobel our recipe for success including that special sauce – simplicity.
By attending Simple Life classes focusing on social skills and anger management, Isobel eventually took ownership of her behavior and agreed to practice listening and assertiveness skills. This did not come easily for her; the process was often extremely frustrating or overwhelming because it was very difficult for her to speak in front of others. Over time and with staff guidance, Isobel became able to express her feelings in small group settings. As a result, her angry outbursts decreased significantly. She began to earnestly work on developing meaningful, appropriate social relationships. Her living situation greatly improved because Simple Life home management classes taught her how to keep her apartment clean and tidy, address her landlord to make much needed repairs, economically shop for groceries, and make herself nutritious meals.
Now, Isobel often joins other Simple Life volunteers serving at local non-profit organizations where she practices basic job skills while giving back to the community. One day she hopes to gain employment to become more self-sufficient. Does she slip up once in awhile? Of course, just like we all do. But now, Isobel has the motivation, determination, and skills to pick herself up when she stumbles and continue to venture forward. Our team considers it an honor and a privilege to be a part of Isobel's journey, and in our eyes her continual progress constitutes a miracle.
We are honored to be a part of the Siouxland Big Give. We thank you for taking the time to read our story and hope that you will consider donating to our cause. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go toward the purchase of a new van so our classrooms can go mobile and we can reach even more people like Isobel. For more information, please visit our website at simplelifeinc.com and our Facebook page: simple life inc., or call us at 712-574-8367.
Sheri Porter, Administrator & CEO