Koinonia Enterprises (KE) hosted an open house of their new LIFE Center on August 19, inviting Koinonia stakeholders and representatives of the Northeast Ohio intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) community to tour the facility.

LIFE (Lifelong Inclusion for Everyone) is a KE care model that clearly identifies adequate supports needed for people with IDD to move from exclusion to community inclusion while addressing each person’s choices, barriers, and needed supports.

“Our new LIFE Center is better equipped for the people we serve to be a part of the community, while also giving them the autonomy to choose how they are a part of the community,” said Sabrina Johnson, Director of Koinonia Enterprises. “We were thrilled to be able to share this space and the amenities we have with KE supporters.”

The new LIFE Center features updated technologies, including iPad stations, computer labs, sensory rooms, and more. KE Program Manager Matt Barr said these technologies are vital to providing KE participants with access to the training and resources necessary to support an inclusive life.

“We want our persons served to have access to activities and opportunities based on their personal choices and interests,” Barr said. “Now that we have the space and the tools to better accommodate them, we can really focus on opportunities for them to participate in and be meaningful members of the community.”