Life Essentials is a nonprofit agency serving Dayton and Montgomery County. The programs provided serve our community’s frail and forgotten residents living in isolation or those who cannot advocate for themselves. These programs are uniquely specialized and provide specific results that impact our community as a whole.
In 1987 the original program, CHUMS and Choices, was founded with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1994, local hospitals and the legal community approached the Chums program to see if they would be interested in starting a volunteer Guardianship Program. Following this successful union, the Board changed the name of the organization to Life Essentials in 1996.
Volunteer Caregivers also began in 1995 and was funded with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 1998, the Life Essentials agency and Volunteer Caregivers agency merged offering these three primary programs. In June 2013, in an effort to focus on core programs, Life Essentials discontinued the Volunteer Caregivers Program. Clients were referred to United Way’s HelpLink 2-1-1 for assistance.
Since those early beginnings Life Essentials has continued to offer the Chums program, the Volunteer Caregivers program and the Guardianship program. In 2003, Chums II, (now called Motivate to Integrate) was formed. 2012 will mark the 25th year of providing services to our community’s most vulnerable residents.
Please click on any of the links above to learn more about our specific programs, or call us at (937) 586-0545.
Life Essentials relieves isolation and enhances the well-being of vulnerable adults by connecting dedicated volunteers with meaningful service.
Statement of Purpose:
1. Engage and support volunteers who serve people in their own environment to:
- Help those needing assistance in living independently
- Provide social support and friendship for individuals seeking mental well-being
- Defend and ensure the rights of those no longer able to make daily living and medical-care decisions.
2. Collaborate with community organizations to create a comprehensive and complementary network of services.
3. Educate the community about the negative impact of isolation facing adults at risk of personal and social harm and offer comprehensive solutions to address this community challenge.
4. Advocate for the well-being of vulnerable adults.
- Growth and Development
General Inquiries: HomeOffice@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545
Linda Roepken, Executive Director
lroepken@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 110
Lisa Brown MSW LSW, Programs Manager
lbrown@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 105
Christenna Day, Guardianship Coordinator
cday@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 103
Cindy Fitzwater, Finance Director
cfitzwater@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 111
Andrea Green, Office Manager
agreen@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 100
Marisa Lovely, Guardianship Coordinator
mlovely@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 104
Stephanie L. Morris, Resource Development Coordinator
smorris@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 109
Vie Ross, Guardianship Coordinator
vross@LifeEssentials.org, (937) 586-0545 x 112
Cathy Sayer, President....Wright State University
Russ Holtz, Vice President....Lincoln Park Mannor
Lance Detrick, Treasurer....Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
Cynthia Spears, Secretary....WSU, School of Med.
Maryanne Bernstein....Community Volunteer
Patricia Butler....community Volunteer
Pete Certo....Altic & Corwin
Joe Szoke....Community Volunteer