Our mission is to serve our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together.
We are passionately committed to fostering a greater understanding of people with disabilities so that they are heard, their interests are respected, and their contributions valued.
Lifeworks provides customized services for people with disabilities that help them to live full and meaningful lives. We do this by listening to the people we serve and their families to determine what is important to them. We understand that in order to listen we must first learn how each person communicates. We plan with each person in order to follow their lead, rather than direct their path. We consider their interests and gifts, and build relationships with their families and friends, employers, coworkers, funders, and the community.
A meaningful life means something different for every person and encompasses time and experiences beyond just the hours that we spend with them. We must look at the whole person, and connect them to resources and relationships beyond what Lifeworks provides.
To help us ensure the success of our mission, we focus on the five valued experiences as described by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle, leaders in the field of developmental disabilities, which we believe contribute to a meaningful life:
- Sharing ordinary places
- Growing in relationships
- Making choices
- Being respected
We envision a vibrant organization where the people we serve participate in the community, our staff participate in making the organization the best it can be, and the community participates as volunteers and supporters of our mission.