OUR HISTORY

2021
Jan 2021
Lorenzo's House launches
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  • Lorenzo’s House is launched
  • Board of Directors is established
  • Innovation, Medical, & Science Advisors are established
  • Joined, MATTER, Chicago’s innovation hub for healthcare startups
  • Started connecting w/ care partners (spouses and youth)
Feb 2021
  • Started building relationships w/ experts in the memory care industry
  • Appointed our 1st Chief-of-Joy
March 2021
  • Created and assembled a design team for Lorenzo’s Camp
  • Filed and approved as an official Corporate entity
April 2021
  • Launched the Lorenzo’s House website and developed brand guide
  • Solidified early partners & collaborators
  • Launched our comprehensive social media strategy and platforms
May 2021

  • Hired our 1st staff member
June 2021
  • Hosted Lorenzo’s Camp -- our inaugural camp for youth w/ a parent living w/ YOAD -- turning “The Longest Day” into “The Brightest Day”
  • Invited to speak on the Lori La Bey podcast: Alzheimer’s Speaks
July 2021

  • First media hit: ABC7
  • The Board of Directors’ have strategic planning retreat at MATTER.
  • Youth Camp parents Gathered to discuss support group for caregivers w/ kids
  • Guest speaker on Social Entrepreneurship & Healthy Equity at RUSH University
Aug 2021
  • Maude’s Ventures awards $50k to design Lorenzo’s Angels
  • Held a youth focus group to design our Light Club, a youth carepartner support club
Sept 2021
  • Launched our first ever fundraising campaign: 100 Days of Lights
  • First ever Light Club, our youth care partner support group
Oct 2021
  • Submitted for the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab Accelerator
  • Prepared and promoted first ever Young Professionals event: 10+ cities across the globe
  • Submitted an abstract to Alzheimer’s Disease International to present on our innovative youth and angels initiatives
  • Submitted grant to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) for Lorenzo’s Angels
Nov 2021
  • A gift of $1 million made by an anonymous donor
  • Hosted our first Young Professionals event: Turn on the Light for Lorenzo’s House
Dec 2021
End of Our 1st Year
  • Evening of the Lights: A night together to celebrate progress, show gratitude, and spotlight our work
  • A gift of $50k made by the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
2022
February 2022
  • Diana Shulla Cose participated in the Washington DC based, @healthinfocus award ceremony
March 2022
  • Launched our Young Professionals board
April 2022

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  • Outreach specialist joined the team
May 2022
  • Memory Academy beginning of research and discovery phase 
  • Premiere of Shifting the Narrative: The Story of Lorenzo’s House
  • Media hit (Better.net)
June 2022
  • Media hit (American Alliance of Museums)
  • Attend our first International Conference 35th Global Conference at @alzdisint Alzheimer's Disease International
  • Lorenzo's House toured Hogeweyk
  • Family night 
  • 2nd Annual Youth Summit 
  • Presented at the Activities Strong Virtual Summit 2022
  • Launched our Summer Series of Mindful Movement, a series of weekly movement and meditation sessions led over Zoom by Deb Wineman
July 2022
  • Launched Jukebox, our collaboration with Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Launched Light Lounge, virtual space where male carepartner spouses of a loved one diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s or other dementias come together to exchange self-care perspectives, experience a sense of belonging, and build community.
  • spoke at the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Research on behalf of families walking a younger-onset Alzheimer's and other dementias diagnosis. 
  • Focus groups for Carepartner Companions
Aug 2022
  • AAIC 2022 San Diego, 2 poster presentation