Vision & Mission
We envision accessible, equitable, and diverse communities.
Our mission is to partner with people with disabilities to drive change by increasing opportunity and access in the community.
Values tell us what’s important. They are the foundation of who we are and how we work together.
At Lifeworks, our values are also the pillars to our culture. They are part of everything we do and define the expectations we have for ourselves and each other. We stand by these principles. They guide our decision making and how we carry out our mission.
As Lifeworks core beliefs, our values set us apart and are the blueprint for our success.
You Lead the Way – We Listen
We honor choice and pursue opportunities with community at the heart of our work.
Together, We Break Down Barriers
We seek diverse perspectives, advance accessibility, and encourage a sense of belonging for all.
We Focus on Impact
We hold ourselves to the highest standards. We share expertise and collaborate to find solutions that address the whole picture.
We Reinvent What’s Possible
We take chances and welcome the unknown. We learn from the past and lean into the future.
Who We Are
Since 1965, Lifeworks Services Inc. has been a champion for inclusion. Lifeworks was founded by families who recognized the importance of advocacy and removing barriers for people with disabilities to be part of the community.
As an industry leader, Lifeworks continues our commitment to self-determined support, careers with competitive wages, and developing innovative opportunities that enhance everyday lives.
What We Do
Through services that provide choice and foster community – as well as through partnerships with over 600 businesses – Lifeworks serves more than 3,300 Minnesotans with disabilities and their families.
We are guided in our work by our Strategic Plan, which outlines our goals and how we will achieve them.
Our Equity Statement
Lifeworks strives to be radically accessible, diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We appreciate the vibrancy of differences, center the voices of silenced and marginalized people, and champion universal rights.
We welcome change and work to reverse historic oppression. We promise to educate ourselves to end the dominant cultural practices of White supremacy, ableism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, anti-Indigenous practices, religious oppression, and all other obstacles to personal authenticity and achievement. We support our partners and members of our community who are marginalized to restore justice and dignity.
At Lifeworks, we expect accountability from all employees and our Board of Directors. We know that we cannot be truly person-centered unless we celebrate all identities – emphasizing authenticity over conformity.
At Lifeworks, we partner with complete human beings with intersectional identities, recognizing that disability exists in every race, religion, gender, culture, and class and that most of us will experience disability at some point in our lives. We recognize we have made mistakes and will continue to evolve with humility and openness, placing psychological safety, equity, and belonging over comfort. Lifeworks recognizes that in the best interests of our community, we must approach disability through the lens of diverse perspectives.
We call upon our diverse community to hold us accountable.