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Mary Madenspacher Wins Luther Hodges Ethics Rotary Award 2017

Mary Madenspacher, the Executive Director of Life Experiences and also a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, was presented the Luther H. Hodges Rotary Ethics Award by the Cary Chamber and Rotary Clubs of district 7710 on May 18th, 2017! “Mary was selected for this Award for applying her high ethical standards and principal base standards in both business and community service, and by promoting the Rotary Four Way Test of Truth, Fairness, and Goodwill in the things we think, say and do,” stated the presenter. It is because of Mary’s generous nature, genuine caring, and her strong dedication to Service Above Self that she was chosen for this highly honored award. She is a true example of what the award stands for and we are proud to have her be a part of our life here at Life Experiences. Mary has served as Executive Director of Life Experiences for […]

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Cary Magazine Lazy Daze Proceeds help Cary nonprofits

Cary Lazy Daze Art Festival

Cary Magazine – August 2013 Issue Written by Christa Leupen – Photographed by Jonathan Fredin While the Lazy Daze arts & crafts festival is widely known as a fun-filled family activity, what often goes unseen is the philanthropic role the festival provides to the Town of Cary. Since the festival’s inception, profits from the day have been used to give back to the Cary community in multitude of ways.  While the festival has been turning a profit since its inaugural event in 1977, it has come a long way since the fist year, when the $500 profit was used to purchase a large tent for the recreation department. Now, the profits have turned into the Lazy Daze grant program, which allows Cary nonprofits to apply for grants to promote local cultural arts.  Last year, the event supplied 31 different Cary organizations with $37,000 in grant money. In total, Lazy Daze […]

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Cary Magazine Features Life Experiences

Cary Magazine features Life Experiences, Inc.

Cary Magazine Features Life Experiences By Tara Croft in February 2013 Operating five separate businesses under one roof is a unique endeavor. Even more noteworthy is that all five subsets of Life Experiences are staffed by adults with special needs. The Cary-based nonprofit was founded in 1978 by a group of parents when they realized that once their children graduated the school system, further opportunities would be severely limited. “They had spent all this time in school learning skills, and they wanted to be able to utilize those skills,” said Executive Director Mary Madenspacher. “The majority of people wouldn’t be able to have jobs in the community, but with our help and support, they can do work and get paid for it,” she said. All 48 employees have developmental or intellectual difficulties, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and others. Many have multiple diagnoses. The jobs bring them pride, purpose […]

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Featured on: The Cary News

Margaret with Life Experiences, Inc

Independence and dignity through work The Cary News on Sunday, March 27, 2011 By Anne Woodman (correspondent) Sun spills into Mary Madenspacher’s office where plants of every description fill the desk, tables, and floor. Colorful murals and cubbies with employee’s names and photos line the hallways. Board members drop off envelopes and packages, and employees poker their heads in the door with questions. Each day at Life Experiences in Cary is different, and executive director Madenspacher welcomes the challenges. Launched 33 years ago, Life Experiences is a nonprofit offering work to adults with disabilities. Since moving into its Towerview Court facility nine years ago, employees have taken on bakery, janitorial, laundry, vending and sub-contracting duties. The current facility’s capacity is 45 employees, and Madenspacher oversees 44 now. Q. What types of disabilities do your employees have? A. They have developmental disabilities, including autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and mental retardation. […]

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Featured on: Martha Stewart

Buckwheat seeds and hulls

Martha Stewart has listed www.BuckwheatHull.com as a source for buying buckwheat in her “craft of the day” on Wednesday, Feburary 15th, 2012. From all of us at Life Experiences, thank you Martha for helping to support our mission to provide meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Remember – If you want to heat your buckwheat project in the microwave, be sure to use SEEDS, not Hulls. Homemade Heating Pad Here’s a Good Thing that will be useful after a long, hard day at work: a homemade heating pad using dried cherry pits. Tools and Materials Sewing machine Iron Fabric (about 1/2 yard will make at least one) Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color Bone folder Scissors Dried cherry pits or buckwheat hulls or seeds Lavender oil (optional) Heating Pad How-To 1. Fold a 20-by-14-inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing. 2. Sew one short side and one long […]

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Featured on: Local News WB 22

Bucks for Buckwheat Buckwheathull.com (now part or Life Experience) was featured on the local news station WB 22 for our Bucks for Buckwheat.

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Featured on: The Cary News

The hull shebang By Ann Claycombe, Staff writer Lindsay Holcombe and Christie Fahey lean forward, their heads almost touching as they peer at the controls on the machine. With a little help from Lindsay, Christie twists a handle to send buckwheat hulls rushing into a bin. She hooks a plastic bag to the bottom of the bin and pulls a lever to let the hulls fall into the bag. “Go, Christie, go!” Lindsay says. Christie smiles. Lindsay and Christie, both 15 years old, represent the entire workforce of the business based at www.buckwheathull.com. They spend a few hours each week packaging and shipping buckwheat hulls, which are naturally hypoallergenic and commonly used as pillow stuffing. It’s typical for girls their age to hold after-school jobs — even those who are home-schooled, as both girls are. But Lindsay, who has Down syndrome, and Christie, who is autistic, cannot take typical teenage […]

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Featured on: NC State Engineering News

NC State Engineers Help Workers With Developmental Disabilities Christmas came early to one local business seeking to employ teenagers with developmental disabilities. Thanks to a team of North Carolina State University Engineering students who designed and built a user-friendly workstation, the workers can accomplish their job tasks more easily. The project began in early fall 2004 when Rick and Jackie Holcombe contacted the College of Engineering for help in creating a workstation that is easy for their prospective employees to use and safe to operate. The Holcombes’ business, It’s Lagniappe, is a small startup company in Morrisville aimed at employing teenagers who have developmental disabilities, including the Holcombe’s daughter, Lindsay. “We started the business because our daughter is home-schooled and needed to learn job skills. Unfortunately, there is a very long waiting period to be placed in environments like Wake Enterprises that offer job skills training for people with developmental […]

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Phone: 919-467-1973
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