LifeShare is a Human Services organization that is dedicated to the preservation and safeguarding of Civil and Human Rights. LifeShare works with several populations of people of all ages and abilities. LifeShare is known for its optimistic and individualized approach to providing human services. LifeShare is present throughout the East coast and is expanding every day.
LifeShare was founded in Keene, New Hampshire in 1995. Joshua Boynton, a man with a vision for change founded LifeShare with his wife Rachel in response to their frustration with the human services system. In the years prior to the birth of LifeShare, Josh and Rachel spent many years in Keene, NH as college students providing direct support to individuals affected by developmental disabilities. Over time, both Josh and Rachel began to realize that the programs that were available were not created with the people in mind.
In 1994, Josh and Rachel moved in with a man named Ron. As an infant, Ron contracted meningitis. This affected Ron's development, and contributes to Ron's autistic-like behaviors. Ron also experiences Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Josh and Rachel moved in with Ron so that they could assist him with his everyday activities, such as cooking, cleaning and creating a schedule of activities based in the community. It was not long before Josh and Rachel saw a very talented man with many gifts to offer the world. They also saw a great need for change in the system. The restrictions and stubborn nature of these traditional services motivated Josh and Rachel to find a way to meet Ron's needs. Josh created a "personalized services contract" with Ron and his team. Ron and his team were allowed to create a program based on his interests, specifically artistic expression. This new, innovate model was a success and the results exceeded all expectations of Ron's support team. With this, Josh and Rachel incorporated on a small, grassroots level and LifeShare was born.
LifeShare was soon acquiring new contracts with state designated area agencies in Central and Southern New Hampshire. Josh and Rachel built custom made day programs, they created enhanced home care for residential placements and they helped to rejuvenate many teams. Josh began teaching a course to adults with disabilities on self-determination. This class described the rights of the people we support to make decisions about their own lives. Josh soon found many teams wanting to be a part of the LifeShare dream. They too wanted individualized, progressive support services for their loved ones, centered on the vision of the team and mostly the individual. This is when LifeShare began to grow. – less–ZoomInfo