Addressing Compounding Barriers: Natsa’s Story

Natsa and her son, Ethan, have partnered with Lifeworks for services since 2019. With limited access to culturally relevant information on disability services, Natsa, who immigrated to the United States […]

The Latest at Lifeworks – March 2024

Lifeworks Community, As I shared in my January update, Lifeworks is continuing to educate our communities on disability inclusion trainings. We believe wholeheartedly in this work because we have seen […]

Learning Every Day: The Murphy Family Story

Robert and Michelle Murphy have deep roots in their hometown of Saint Paul. Aside from brief moments living in other parts of the Twin Cities, the two have resided in […]

The Latest at Lifeworks – February 2024

Lifeworks Community, I want to personally invite you all to join us at the 2024 Lifeworks Annual Celebration on Thursday, April 18. We are coming together once again at The […]

The Latest at Lifeworks – January 2024

Lifeworks Community, Happy New Year from all of us at Lifeworks! A new year brings such excitement for all the opportunities that lie ahead. At Lifeworks, we are building upon […]

A Fresh Start: Addyson’s Story

Trigger warning: This story contains content about suicide.     After years of challenges to her mental health and experiencing trauma, Addyson now has a new lease on life. The […]

Empowering Workplaces through Disability Inclusion Training: The Lifeworks and Uponor Partnership

Uponor, a long-time partner of Lifeworks, is bringing the disability inclusion conversation directly to their employees. Background A 2023 survey found that most workers think focusing on diversity, equity, and […]

Navigating New Challenges: Siri and Jaette’s Story

Siri has been a client of Lifeworks for over 15 years. Her mother, Jaette, first connected with Lifeworks when Siri graduated high school, hoping to find a space that offered […]

Collaboration Through Conversation: Listening Session with WeNetworkNow

On Saturday, August 26, Lifeworks co-hosted a disability listening session with WeNetworkNow at our main office in Richfield. Participants discussed accessing disability resources and services as part of the next […]

Lessons in Navigating Non-Traditional Employment: Jessica’s Story

Finding the perfect job can be challenging. When Jessica started partnering with Lifeworks to explore career opportunities, she wasn’t sure how to navigate her options and identify meaningful work. After […]

A Piece of Magic: The Lifeworks Sensory Garden

The sensory garden at our Apple Valley center is a space for Lifeworks clients and staff to relax, connect, and interact with the five senses. When the center opened in […]

Disabled Speech Matters

“Do not mock my speech ever! Ask for clarification. I will say it again,” reads the back of Michael’s bright orange t-shirt. Michael, who works in event security at various […]

Listen. Educate. Navigate.™: Advancing Disability Inclusion

For far too long, culturally diverse communities have not had the same access to disability services as communities from the dominant culture. Lifeworks is working to correct this gap by […]

Rolling with Kiesha

“I won’t settle for no unless it’s really no.” Kiesha has spent much of her life navigating complex challenges. Even as the challenges piled on, Kiesha developed a strong willingness […]

Swimming to Berlin: Matthew Prepares for the Special Olympics World Games

Thousands of athletes will gather in Berlin, Germany, this summer to participate in the Special Olympics World Games, the world’s largest inclusive sports event. Over nine days in June, athletes […]

Ensuring Access to Employment Support

For over 35 years, Lifeworks has connected people with disabilities to employment options that explore their interests, develop skills, and start or advance their careers. Lifeworks clients work in various […]

The 2023 Lifeworks Annual Celebration: Driving Change and Reimagining Possibilities

On Thursday, April 20 we hosted the 2023 Lifeworks Annual Celebration at The Depot in Minneapolis. Our community came together to celebrate the impact of our mission and drive change […]

Careers at Lifeworks: Abu’s Story

Abubaker started his career at Lifeworks as a direct support professional working with people with disabilities at our Brooklyn Park day program in 2003. Since then, Abu, as he is […]

Remembering and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A message from our President and CEO, Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa Today, we recognize and honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., celebrating his leadership and advocacy of […]

Focusing on What’s Important: Raaj and Justin’s Story

Managing your own support or the support of a family member is complex and often time-consuming. Between overseeing a budget and finding staff to provide care, there are many barriers […]

Increasing Access in Our Community

Earlier this year, Lifeworks announced we would be leaning on our value of “You Lead the Way – We Listen” by embracing a community-based model for our Day Support program […]

Your Support Drives our Transformative Work

Together, we can make a difference! Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $28,468 on Give to the Max Day! This includes matching funds from two anonymous donors. […]

Make Your Employer Work For You!

As employees, we spend so much of our time at work. In return, employers are looking for ways to invest more in their employees. Employers encourage us to make contributions […]

More Than Just Learning: Alyssa’s Story

It’s a cool, overcast Thursday morning in Mankato. A water main has just broken in the Mogwai Collaborative, a coworking space near the winding Minnesota River and downtown Mankato. The […]

Proving Yourself Wrong: Scott’s Employment Story

When Scott was first hired to work in the mailroom at Securian in 2001, he never imagined he would be taking on the role and responsibilities he has at his […]

From Dialogue to Policy – Embracing a Future Without Subminimum Wages

  Editor’s Note: Our conversations with Brian, Raquel, and Kirk occurred between May 4 and May 23, 2022. Information on the Minnesota Task Force on Eliminating Subminimum Wages in this […]

The 2022 Lifeworks Annual Celebration: An Evening of Impact and Investment

On Thursday, April 14th we hosted the 2022 Lifeworks Annual Celebration both in person at the Depot in Minneapolis and online. After hosting a completely virtual event last year, we […]

Careers at Lifeworks: Lindsey’s Story

Lifeworks prides itself in having staff who live up to our values as an organization and work every day to uphold our commitment to develop innovative opportunities that enhance everyday […]

Join Us For Our First “Lifeworks Connects” Presentation

The first steps in difficult conversations? Listen and support. On March 16 at 9:00 a.m., we’ll be on Zoom for a lively discussion. Our panelists will share resources around guardianship […]

Building Careers and Finding Value: Brian and Jesse’s Employment Story

When Brian was enrolled in a social studies course as a student in high school, he was tasked with exploring a big question: what career do you want to have? […]