Auxiliaries join together to form LifeScape Ambassadors
The LifeScape Ambassadors were formed in October 2014 when the auxiliaries of the former South Dakota Achieve and Children’s Care Hospital & School voted unanimously to join together to form one group. The mission of the LifeScape Ambassadors is to provide the “extras” to enhance the quality of life for the adults and children supported by LifeScape. It’s a legacy of the “mother’s touch” that both auxiliaries sought to provide when they formed—to be sure all felt loved and cared for.
The Ambassadors meet this mission through highly successful fundraising efforts, including the Mall Walk walkathon in February, the Tablescapes table decorating competition and brunch in June, and the Fall Social in November. Proceeds go to buy equipment and supplies for residential services, the school, and therapies. A “Special Needs Fund” is also maintained by the Ambassadors to provide for urgent needs that cannot be funded elsewhere. This might include medical care, eye glasses, school pictures, or special equipment.
The Ambassadors also host and help with events for the individuals supported, such as a fall dance and costume party for adults and Cookie Day giveaways at the holidays and Valentine’s Day.
The group’s monthly lunch meeting provides camaraderie and learning—programs often feature LifeScape services and how they’re aided by the Ambassadors’ support.
To learn how to get involved with the Ambassadors, contact Jackie Knowlton atjackie.knowlton@LifeScapeSD.org