Life Unlimited, Inc.

Liberty, MO   |


Life Unlimited’s mission is to support people with developmental disabilities as they experience life with unlimited possibilities.  We seek to become the premier provider of supports and services for people with disabilities, signifying quality, innovation, and person-centered principles. We are committed to ensuring the sustainability and growth of our organization and are driven by a ceaseless desire to improve. The people we employ will be engaged, dedicated, and invested in our mission.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

CEO Julie Edlund

Main address

2135 Manor Way

Liberty, MO 64068 USA

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Formerly known as

Immacolata Manor

Concerned Care

Open Options



NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The pandemic has exposed key vulnerabilities in I/DD supports, and disability service providers are having to prepare for staffing shortages exacerbated by direct support professionals (DSPs) falling sick or having to tend to loved ones. In addition, DSP positions become increasingly harder to fill, in part because of historically low wages.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RESIDENTIAL: Community Housing / Supported Living Programs

Life Unlimited currently provides direct-care residential services to  adults with developmental disabilities in Clay and Jackson Counties. Direct support professionals provide hands-on care, assisting with a broad range of personal needs including meal preparation, household cleaning, administering medications, bathing, dressing, mobility, and transportation to daily activities.Services include: residential habilitation, case coordination, transportation and health care coordination from a fully trained and qualified staff. As of January 2019, a staff of over 400 supports approximately 250 individuals in group homes or assisted living facilities. Ages range from 19 to 94.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

My Day program provides a unique opportunity for its participants to increase
and maintain quality of life. With the help of
families, guardians, service coordinators and Life Unlimited staff, the men and
women we serve determine and meet their own personally identified goals.  By providing a lower-than-average ratio of
staff to participants, many severely disabled individuals who have not been
well supported by other programs thrive in this environment. Each week a
variety of activities are offered including, but not limited to:Performing and Visual ArtsCommunication SkillsCommunity OutingsComputer SkillsFamily Contact and Friendships – Visits, letters, cards, phone calls, Skype and FacetimeLife skills and Money SkillsPersonal Care – Manicures, pedicures, hair care, make-up, hygieneReading, writing & math skillsVolunteering – Meals on Wheels, Harvesters, Martha Lafite Nature Center, Life Unlimited Thrift Shop, Salvation Army and nursing homes.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Life Unlimited health team provides coordination of care for a medically fragile population. The health team consists of registered nurses, health coordinators,  program managers and the CEO. This team provides medical care and support for all Life Unlimited residents with around the clock care, and medical attention far beyond state requirements. Of those served, all 250 have been dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities.24% use devices to ambulate11% have Cerebral Palsy32% have seizures/epilepsy5% are visually impaired11% have Alzheimer’s / Dementia11% have Autism16% have Down’s Syndrome

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

LU is pleased to announce a partnership with Job One to help expand and grow our community employment program in Clay and Platte counties. This partnership will allow our organizations to build upon our present strengths and provide a broader range of employment opportunities for the individuals we support. Job One has been a leader in employment services for individuals who have a disability for over 50 years in the Jackson County area. Their expertise and success in the employment field will be a great addition to the services provided in the Northland.We believe every individual has abilities and talents to offer their community. A goal for most adults, including adults with developmental disabilities, is to gain meaningful employment. We offer employment services to help them find and maintain the right jobs in their community.
We provide:Assessment – Each individual will go through an assessment process to identity their strengths, talents, and interests.Job Discovery – Individuals are given opportunities to volunteer at different types of jobs to gain experience and see what types of jobs they excel in and enjoy.Job Skills Training – Specific training for people to become employed.Job Placement – We work hard to connect job seekers with the right employer and type of job so that it is meaningful to them and where they will succeed.Job Coaching – Job coaches support people on the job to help them be successful. The type of job coaching needed for each individual.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

LU is pleased to offer organized sports, trips, music, dances, day camp, and programs that teach cooking, cultural proficiency, public speaking, and community-living skills for people who have no other means of accessing the community or other specialized services. In addition, Open Options' sport program, KC Power & Speed, became part of Life Unlimited during the 2018 merger. This sports program provides competitive bowling to individuals with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work


Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Assisted Living - 3 year 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Adults

Related Program

RESIDENTIAL: Community Housing / Supported Living Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our data collection is in line with DMH’s requirements on our agency as a disability services provider. We use Therap, the leading software in the disabilities field, for tracking goals and outcomes

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

One of our goals is to implement remote support technology, which gives providers the opportunity to do their job more efficiently, while allowing a more independent lifestyle for people with disabilities.

Our strategy for the Remote Support Technology project involves seven main activities:

1. Preliminary Research: We draw on research provided by the state and also research from other Technology First states that have successfully implemented remote supports

2. Vendor Selection: After comparing several vendors in our local area, we have chosen Hearo Technologies because of their knowledge and expertise and also the quality and price of their product

3. Budget Evaluation: We support the state's initiative of phasing in remote supports and ultimately using remote supports in all of our homes. We are a financially stable organization formed from merging three local disability service providers together, each of which benefit from a 40 year history. With careful planning and investment from grantmakers, we believe that implementing remote supports in all of our homes will become self-sustaining.

4. Contacting Potential Funders: The Disability Division Resources Board of Clay County (DDRB) has provided funding for emergency remote support equipment. In addition to our request to the Speas Foundation, we have sent a detailed proposal to the Health Forward Foundation.

5. Software/Hardware Installation: We are working closely with Hearo to assess our needs and install equipment tailored to our homes

6. Program Evaluation: The staff and board will work together to closely monitor our progress

7. Growth of Program Per Outcome of Evaluation: Based on our evaluation, our goal is to outfit all homes and increase the number of shifts that will utilize remote monitoring.

We draw on the follow six resources to position ourselves for success:

1. Financial Stability of Organization

2. Well-Prepared and Well-Trained Employees

3. Support of Guardians, Families and Support Coordinators

4. Guidance/Directives by the State of Missouri

5. Vendor Partnership

6. Funding from supporters

We are in the process of finding funding partners for our remote support technology program. We have identified a reputable and experienced vendor for the technology, and key personnel in our organization are prepared for carrying out the initiative:

Amy Taylor, Chief Operations Officer
I/DD professional with a Master's degree in Social Work, Bachelor Degree in Psychology and 20
years of experience in the I/DD field, including roles in direct care, management, leadership.
Ten years of experience in foster care specializing in youth with I/DD.

Paul Twenter, Chief Analytics and Project Officer
Financial professional with over 30 years of diversified business analytics experience. Bachelor's
Degree in Accounting, a Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Treasury
Professional, and two Master's Degrees.

Christy Schnieders, Director of Nursing
Registered nurse for 20 years, with a background in the emergency room trauma, cath lab,
wound care, IV therapy, pre- and post-surgery, and case management. Five plus years working
with the I/DD community.


Life Unlimited, Inc.

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Life Unlimited, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brennen Garry

Design Mechanical Inc

Term: 2019 - 2021

Julie Castillo

US Floors

Jesse Smith

Children’s Mercy Hospital

Marilyn Barth


Cindy Sevier


Terry Stone


Sue Miller

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Alisa Ford


Brennen Garry

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Jessica King

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Brian Mall


Lolita McShann

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Sayard Parrish

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Andy Protzman

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Tim Vonderbrink

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Julie Edlund

Staff ex officio member

Mark Bertrand

Staff ex officio member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No