AmeriPride Job a Tremendous Fit for Lifeworks Associate Brian Kley

Article three of three in our National Disability Employment Awareness Month series A family-owned industrial laundry facility, AmeriPride has been operating for more than 125 years selling and renting just about everything businesses need to keep their facility and their employees clean. For the past eight months, Lifeworks Associate Brian Kley has served as a […]

New Program for Job Seekers Revolutionizing How People With Disabilities Find Work

Article two of three in our National Disability Employment Awareness Month series For many people, searching for a job is a daunting task. Finding the perfect combination of skills, interests, and wages isn’t easy for anyone, but it often presents additional challenges for people with disabilities. A new small group career development program introduced by […]

Lifeworks Associate Travis Sprenger: Dollar Tree Employee Extraordinaire

Article one of three in our National Disability Employment Awareness Month series Travis Sprenger is no stranger to hard work. He’s worked in the food industry for Old Country Buffet, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hardee’s, and Culver’s. He’s worked in sales, assembly, housekeeping, cleaning, and janitorial. Today, Sprenger is a valued employee at Dollar Tree in […]

Lifeworks Teams Up With Adler Graduate School for Spring Art Show

What started at the beginning of 2017 as a partnership between students at Adler Graduate School and Lifeworks artists culminated in a lively spring art show on May 26. After traveling to Adler’s Richfield campus bi-weekly from January to May to learn about art techniques from students and participate in art therapy, Lifeworks artists proudly […]

Building on Success of Women’s Group, Men’s Group a Positive Influence at Lifeworks Apple Valley

As festive music from the Dropkick Murphys fills the room, Lifeworks men’s group leader Chris Olson enthusiastically greets everyone with a smile and a handshake, displaying the kind of rapport that can only be developed over time. “Self-esteem is really just how you feel about yourself,” Olson said after kicking off a session. By delving […]

In Response to Olmstead, Employment-First Mandate, Lifeworks Answers with Community Pilot Program

Geldernick, Securian Play Pivotal Role in Program’s Success In June 1999, a United States Supreme Court ruling that would become known as “Olmstead” was handed down, requiring states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities and ensure they are receiving services in the most integrated setting possible. But it wasn’t until a decade later, […]

Announcing the Winners of the Lifeworks Annual Awards!

Since 1986, the Lifeworks Annual Awards have celebrated the remarkable stories of people with disabilities and the individuals and businesses who support them. Each fall, we accept award nominations in four categories: Advocate/Volunteer of the Year, Employer of the Year, Personal Achievement, and Staff Excellence. Once the nomination period has ended, an independent selection committee is tasked with reviewing nominations and selecting those who will […]

A Successful Transition: How Glindys Donis-Bonilla Joined the Team at Celts Pub

Like many students with disabilities, Glindys Donis-Bonilla attended a transition program after graduating from high school. But unlike many before her, she began working with Lifeworks before she had graduated – a process that jumpstarted her search for a job. From March to August 2016, Donis-Bonilla met periodically with Lifeworks Career Placement Counselor Elaine Hartl […]

Josh Meagher: Electrical Apprentice at Javens Electric

Article 3 of 4 in the Lifeworks National Disability Employment Awareness Month Series Although Josh Meagher is one of more than 800 individuals with disabilities supported by Lifeworks at community job sites, his career is far from ordinary. As an electrical apprentice for Javens Electric of Mankato, Meagher is part of a team of 30 […]

Celebrating Success at Xcel Energy

Article 2 of 4 in the Lifeworks National Disability Employment Awareness Month Series As co-workers both current and past gather around to enjoy cake and pizza amidst a sea of birthday gifts, it’s easy to see that Lifeworks Associate Carolyn Waataja has made quite an impression in her 19 years at Xcel Energy. “Everybody loves […]

Lifeworks Associate Mike Anderson Celebrates 20 Years at Rapid Packaging

Article 1 of 4 in the Lifeworks National Disability Employment Awareness Month Series Not many people can say they’ve worked for a company for more than 20 years; Lifeworks Associate Mike Anderson can. Since 1996, Anderson has been a key contributor for Champlin-based Rapid Packaging, a national company that sells packaging equipment, materials, and supplies. […]

Introducing Lisa Zaspel, Vice President of Services

We are excited to introduce Lisa Zaspel as the newest member of the Lifeworks executive team! With a robust background in managing fiscal support programs, Zaspel stepped into the role of vice president of services on March 21. In this newly created position, Zaspel has primary responsibility for overseeing all of the Lifeworks fiscal support […]

Lifeworks Annual Celebration Raises $425,000!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, the Lifeworks Annual Celebration – our yearly event honoring individuals with disabilities and the people and businesses that support them – raised $425,000 in 2016! The total includes more than $205,000 in sponsorships, led by Presenting Sponsors Atomic Data and Hanratty & Associates. “We are so grateful […]

Lifeworks Associates Bring Commitment, Far-Reaching Benefits to Cargill

Since 1995, Cargill has partnered with Lifeworks to employ people with disabilities in positions that are essential to their day-to-day operations. Currently, two Lifeworks associates serve as valued members of the Cargill team: Paul Brick and Sasha Porter. Brick’s 13-year career at Cargill began first as a contractor before being hired directly by the company. “I […]

New Vehicles Help Eliminate Transportation Barrier

At the Lifeworks Golden Anniversary Celebration in 2015, we asked attendees to help fund transportation for the people with disabilities that we serve. Not only is transportation a consistent barrier that far too often makes it difficult for individuals to get the services that they need, but in many cases it also prevents them from […]

Celebrating 15 Years of Fiscal Support

In 2015, along with celebrating a 50-year anniversary as an organization, Lifeworks is also celebrating 15 years of providing Fiscal Support to people with disabilities and their families! When Lifeworks first started offering these highly individualized services to just a handful of families, it was an exciting learning experience for everyone involved. Over the years, with […]

Jobs Help People with Disabilities Reach New Heights in Mankato Area

Thanks to a grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Extended Employment Program, Lifeworks Mankato is able to provide specialized job placement and assistance to people on the autism spectrum. Through this program, Lifeworks supports 15 individuals who work at various businesses throughout the Mankato community, including: Schwickert’s Tecta America, Truck Bodies […]