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Beating the Heat

SLI client beating the heat

The Community Integration Program is beating the heat this summer and enjoying fun at the pool! This is just one of the many activities clients enjoy in the community each week.

Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out

Community Integration Program had a fun ladies day out where they enjoyed ice cream and fun time at Lake Shawnee.

Police Car Karaoke

SLI had the pleasure of having Topeka Law Enforcement Officer Lamont Jackson, husband of Lisa Jackson, President/CEO of SLI, speak to SLI’s growing younger generation who are more active in the community and gave them the opportunity to ask questions about community safety. Now we have the privilege of seeing Officer Jackson share even more of his talents through Police Car Karaoke. Listen to the video below to hear his amazing voice!

Police Car Karaoke: The Series -

Pathway For Hope: Darrius

Darrius 2

The Pathway For Hope is a restricted fund created by an anonymous donor which provides support to individuals with intellectual disabilities to assist with unmet or unfunded needs. The fund supports items such as dental care, furnishings, assistive devices, membership to the YMCA, medical supplies and equipment and much more.

Darrius, one of the recipients, is a 6-year old boy with autism and non-verbal. Darrius uses an iPad and communication program called LAMPS, Words for Life, at school but did not have one at home. Darrius’s mother, Ashley, was presented an iPad loaded with the programs for Darrius to use at home to communicate with his family.

Darrius also received a weighted blanket that will help him sleep at night.

Couch donated to SLI

Couch donated to SLI

Thank you to the donor who donated a couch and chair for one of our SLI homes. The clients will enjoy relaxing in them!  SLI is always looking for furniture, household items, or anything that can be used in our 21 homes. Think of SLI when you are looking to donate items!


Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue

Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue.

Independent Living clients enjoyed the Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue. They were able to ride and see all of the horses at the rescue center.


Severe Weather Presentation by Jeremy Goodwin of WIBW

Severe weather presentation by Jeremy Goodwin of WIBW

Thank you WIBW Jeremy Goodwin for talking to our SLI clients about severe weather safety, storm chasing, meteorology and more.  They had fun hearing you talk and share all your stories and experiences!


Westar Energy crew builds Festival of Trees storage loft

Westar Energy crew builds Festival of Trees storage loft

Thank you Westar Energy crew for building a loft in our Festival of Trees storage. We are excited about all of the extra space it has created!  Westar Energy also presented SLI with a sponsorship check for the Festival of Trees. Thank you Westar for being such a great partner to SLI!


SLI Annual Awards

The SLI Annual Awards recognizes staff and clients every year who have excelled throughout the year. Do you know someone who deserves recognition and exemplifies the SLI mission?

Nominate Deserving SLI Staff & Clients for a SLI Award!

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SLI Community Involvement

SLI Community Involvement

In SLI's Community Integration Program, forty clients volunteer over 800 hours per month for Meals on Wheels, Helping Hands Humane Society, Lets Help, Manor Care, and many other life-changing organizations.  These non-profit organizations work to improve the lives of their own clients, animals, and citizens of the city of Topeka. 

SLI’s clients benefit as well when they learn new life skills and ways to work through daily difficulties in their own lives.

Volunteering at different organization is the ideal way to incorporate such delightful individuals to be a part of the community.

Wendy's "Giving Back" Campaign

Wendys Giving Back Campaign

The Legacy Restaurant Group chose SLI as the charity for their 9th Annual Wendy's "Giving Back" at Christmas Campaign. Kirk Williams and Jill Lincoln, owners, presented SLI with a check for $6,000! This generous gift will help in the areas of transportation, medical, housing, and food needs. Thank you Kirk & Jill and everyone who supported the campaign and SLI's mission!

SLI Holiday Party

SLI Holiday Party

The 2016 SLI Christmas Party was a great evening for 43 SLI clients who wouldn't have celebrated the holiday without the support of Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association and the Civitan Club of Topeka.

The Rolling Meadows neighborhood received donations from the residents and grants through Thrivent Financial to purchase gifts. The clients enjoyed hor d'oeuvres, drinks, cookies and Santa, who handed out the presents.

Thanks to Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association, Civitan Club of Topeka, City Councilman Tony Emerson and his wife Allison, and Community Police Officers Officer Morgan Bracken and Officer Clinton Eubanks for attending the party and supporting SLI.

SLI Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

SLI Awarded Three Year CARF Accreditation

CARF International announced that SLI has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Integration, Community Housing and Governance programs.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.  An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself though a rigorous peer review process.  It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

SLI is a nonprofit organization with offices at 3401 SW Harrison in Topeka.  It has been providing intellectual disabilities services in the Topeka area since 1971.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.  Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.  For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

SLI’s clients benefit as well when they learn new life skills and ways to work through daily difficulties in their own lives.

Volunteering at different organization is the ideal way to incorporate such delightful individuals to be a part of the community.

Hockey Tickets a great gift for clients

Hockey Tickets a great gift for clients

Last weekend's Roadrunner's game was a thrilling adventure for Gabriel, one of our amazing persons served! His mother, Courtney, noted that, “It was a WONDERFUL game! Gabriel won a Star Wars basket during the silent auction. He was a happy clam!” Thank you to Jim Garrison and the RoadRunners who made this event possible for our persons served!


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