15 Dec Smart Spotlight: Kathleen Holmes Cates
Problem solving is what Kathleen Holmes Cates, President and CEO of LifeROOTS enjoys most about her role at this 60 plus year old NM not-for-profit. As Kathleen says, “There is no room for whining in the nonprofit world – there is too much work to do!” Her passion for service never tires, and in addition to being a mother of two teenagers, Kathleen is a proud charter member of the Rio Rancho Sunrise Rotary Chapter, where she has worked passionately on many international projects — from building clean water wells in Guatemala to ending polio in the Polio Plus Project.
When asked about her best advice – “Stay engaged and everything you do will have a purpose and meaning. Stay engaged and be brave enough to work for the betterment of your family, community, country and world.” We couldn’t agree more.
Since 1958, LifeROOTS, a non-profit community-based organization serving Albuquerque and the surrounding area, has responded to the increasing and changing needs of children and adults with physical, developmental and behavioral disabilities. Their innovative programs and services, led by certified, experienced and professional staff, assist people of all ages – from infants to senior citizens – to reach their personal goals. Today, LifeROOTS’ programs touch more than 2,000 lives each year. At LifeROOTS, they focus on individuals and their specific needs, giving clients access to quality education, training, medical care and other support services necessary to advance toward personal goals. Services are designed to assure opportunities to participate in community life, assume civic responsibilities, and build for relationships with family and friends.
Since 1989, LifeROOTS has provided contract services that offer valuable services for commercial and government facilities thus providing employment for people with disabilities. LifeROOTS is the recognized leader in providing contract services to organizations in the areas of: Custodial and Janitorial Services, Grounds Maintenance and Keeping, Landscaping, Packaging and Assembly, Bulk Mailing & Sorting, Shipping & Receiving, Presentation Preparation, Envelope Stuffing, Warehousing, Call Center Support, and Administrative Services.
For the fourth year in a row, LifeROOTS will be bringing the community together for a “taste” of fun and fundraising at its annual Pi(e) Day Event – held on National Pi Day (3.14).