Life Enrichment Options (LEO), a community based non-profit organization, advocates and works to support individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their goals through supportive housing, recreation, employment opportunities and community education. In 1988, because people with developmental disabilities were facing long waiting lists for services from governmental agencies, this parent based all volunteer organization came together to find innovative solutions. One of our goals has been to increase community awareness of people who have developmental disabilities by having them included in all aspects of community (i.e. education, employment, recreation, and housing).
Our organization continues to grow as we have regular community meetings for all parents of persons with special needs. And we continue to work with governmental agencies to provide innovative solutions to complex problems.
Life Enrichment Options
Registered Non-profit Corporation, UBI #601-199-914
Federal ID #91-1458330
Washington State Charities Program #9040
For verification of this registration, call the Washington State Charites Hotline at
(360) 753-0863 or toll-free 1-800-332-GIVE.
Our Core Values
During the past 23 years our accomplishments are:
Community Centered: We are grounded in our community.
Integrity: We conduct ourselves honestly and ethically.
Passion: We are deeply committed to our purpose.
Respect: We value and honor all of our relation ships.
Caring: We are particularly mindful of those with special needs.
Visionary: We lead with strategic thinking and innovative practices.
Nancy Whitaker, President
Laura Maloney, Vice President
Jiff Searing, Vice President - Housing
Linda Lentgis, Secretary
Larry Kimble, Treasurer
Rose Finnegan, Past President
Board Member Bios >
Issaquah Outreach Committee Members
Becky Gordon – Chair
Snoqualmie Valley Outreach Committee Members
Becky Kitz - Chair
Washington State ranks in the lower 20% in the nation in providing services for the developmentally disabled population.
Today’s state funded housing supply does not meet the current or future needs of people with developmental disabilities in the Greater Issaquah area.
Until 1986, the State built group homes for individuals with disabilities. Residence East in Issaquah was the last of these homes built.
Currently, the State provides funding for only those people with disabilities who are in a crisis situation.
Today in our Greater Issaquah area there are:
58 adults with developmental disabilities over age 21, living with their parents.
Approximately 170 students in the Issaquah School District Special Education program, who in the future, will need assistance with independent living.
Approximately 30 students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District Special Education program, who in the future, will need assistance with independent living.
Our Core Values