Dancing for a bigger building, better care

Inside the Homestead Road L.I.F.E Adult Day Academy building.
Students at L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy work on crafts.
Students at L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy work on crafts.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Walking into L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy you will notice many things: arts and crafts everywhere, games and smiles. You might also notice another thing: it’s a bit cramped.

“We’ve basically run out of space. Now we’re looking to do things to improve our facilities and our space so we can provide better services to our students”  CEO and Director of L.I.F.E Academy Lloyd Jones said.

L.I.F.E. stands for Live Learning Independence for Enhancement. The organization’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults with disabilities. Since it opened in 2010, the organization has received non-profit status and nearly tripled its enrollment. There are 106 students at the academy, ranging in age from 18- 84.

“Right now it’s really tight as far as classrooms,” Jones said. “A larger space would allow us to have more individual time with each student.”

Students learn a variety of things at the academy. From life skills and cooking classes, to technology labs and recreation activities, the students do a variety of things.

Now the organization is putting a ‘For Sale’ sign up on its Homestead Road location and looking to expand. But it’s not as easy as selling a building. Leaders want to raise about $50,000 to help pay for a new location that will allow them to provide more one-on-one teacher lessons.

L.I.F.E. Academy is inviting the community to a Dance-a-Thon August 7 to help raise those funds.

“Our students have put a lot of work into it, our mission is to get them involved in everything we do,” Jones added. Even L.I.F.E. Academy’s Facebook page is run by students.

The Dance-a-Thon is at the Community Center in downtown Fort Wayne from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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