History

Nearly four decades ago, former Board of Directors Chairman Donald Lowry, his wife Donna, Nancy Harkin, and other loving parents, with the support of local and state agency leaders, founded Lifetime Assistance.

They shared a common vision for an organization that would allow their children with developmental disabilities to live with the highest possible level of independence. This dream started to become a reality when Lifetime opened its first day treatment program, serving 32 people in November 1978.

Today, thanks to the generous support of a great many people throughout Western New York, Lifetime Assistance serves over 1,500 people every day at over 60 sites. Lifetime provides a full spectrum of individualized services to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their maximum potential by promoting self-reliance, dignity and a sense of purpose.