National Direct Support Professional Week

National Direct Support Professional Week begins today! Every year since 2008, the United States has proclaimed a week in September to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible work of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Lifeworks joins the nation in recognizing DSPs, highlighting their contributions and efforts to foster self-determined support and inclusion for people with disabilities. […]

2019 Legislative Session: Highlights

2019 Legislative Session: Highlights Thank you to all of the advocates who voiced their thoughts and brought much-needed attention to the legislative priorities that impact individuals with disabilities and caregivers. Together, we made gains that helped offset significant cuts. Health Care Provider Tax: Extended For the past 27 years, the Health Care Provider Tax has been […]

Building a Career with Lifeworks – Julie’s Success Story

Lifeworks Career Success Story – Learn more about how you can build your experience and make a meaningful impact in your community.

Lifeworks Leading the Way: Sharing Best Practices

Lifeworks recently presented at two national conferences offering insight into employment best practices, networking with industry leaders, and hearing new ideas. Our position as an industry leader, makes it essential for us to not only share what we have learned with other stakeholders, but also to focus on how we continue and advance conversations about […]

Lifeworks Awarded Outstanding Case Study Certificate by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Founded in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates from around the country to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts. In May of 2018, Lifeworks supported the SPLC conference in Minneapolis using an inclusive hiring model to help staff the conference. With the sponsorship of […]

REV UP Minnesota: National Disability Voter Registration Week

Happy National Disability Voter Registration Week! The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. National Disability Voter Registration Week […]

Working Together to Build an Inclusive Community: Lifeworks and Upstream Arts

The long-term relationships that Lifeworks has built over the years with organizations and businesses has helped us better support the people we serve and our communities. Our partnership with Upstream Arts, which began in 2006 (the year their organization was founded) provides an example of the impact that mission-driven people can have when they work […]

Long-Time Fiscal Support Family Provides Insight into Services

Recently, Lifeworks sat down with our long-time Personal Support and Respite participant: the Mercier family. Cheryl is a strong advocate for her children, Josh and Sara, who are both in their late twenties and have received Fiscal Support Services from Lifeworks for the past fifteen years. Josh loves listening to music and trying different types […]

Giving Back and Building Connections: Lifeworks Brooklyn Park Volunteer Therapy Dog Team

For the past two years, Lifeworks Brooklyn Park has been a regular stop for volunteer, Constance Bleecker, and her therapy dog, Zeus. When Constance retired, she wanted to explore dog therapy as way for her to give back to the community, build connections, and remain active. At nine months old, her Miniature Australian Shepard, Zeus, […]

Lifeworks Music Therapy: Facilitating Innovative Techniques for Achieving Results

Using proven and cutting-edge techniques, Lifeworks board-certified music therapists can help increase a person’s abilities, health, and wellness while working to help address brain injuries, sensory processing, anxiety, autism, and much more. Laura Steines, a Neurologic Music Therapist at Lifeworks, explains her approach to helping the individuals we serve, “I like to look at the […]

Celebrating the Next Step: Alyssa Becomes an Employee at Renewal by Andersen

Alyssa Peterson joined the Renewal by Andersen team as a Lifeworks Associate more than seven years ago. Over time, she has developed skills, refined processes, and built strong friendships with her coworkers. As an Administrative Assistant in the Human Resources Department, Alyssa ensures that the office runs smoothly. She has been instrumental in onboarding new […]

$575,000 Raised at 2019 Lifeworks Annual Celebration!

The Lifeworks Annual Celebration is our largest fundraiser – and the total raised for this year’s successful event surpassed all prior celebrations. With nearly 1,000 guests in attendance at The Depot in Minneapolis, Lifeworks asked for help with supporting our innovative, high-quality, community-centered programs. Services such as: Art Programs Bands and Choirs Community Skill Building […]

Financial Management Service Transition: Fiscal Support Team Offers Expert-Led Sessions for DHS Changes

The Situation: This past October, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced its intent to move from Fiscal Support Entity (FSE) services to Financial Management Services (FMS) affecting individuals who use Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and the Consumer Support Grant (CSG). DHS set a deadline of March 31, 2019 for all FMS providers […]

Lifeworks Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Lifeworks hosted Day at the Capitol with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a non-profit coalition of organizations focused on improving the lives of those that we serve. Self-advocates, parents, family members, and allies gathered in St. Paul to bring attention to legislative priorities that impact individuals with disabilities […]

Lifeworks Welcomes New Board Members

Lifeworks is excited to announce that Ajani (AJ) Lewis-McGhee and Patricia (Patsy) Riley have been appointed to our Board of Directors. AJ serves as a member of the Eagle’s Cabinet at Allianz Life Insurance of North America, an employee-forward advisory council to the company’s leadership where he works as a Corporate Services Associate. As a […]

Lifeworks Associates Improve Productivity, Positivity at Midwest Rubber

Since Lifeworks began its partnership with Midwest Rubber Service & Supply Company in May 2017, productivity and employee morale have been on an upswing. A family-owned business based in Plymouth, Midwest Rubber has facilities spanning North America, Asia, and Europe where it manufactures, fabricates, and distributes high-quality rubber products. Enter the Midwest Rubber Plymouth facility, […]

Guest Blog: In Memory of George Moudry (1928-2018)

By Judy Lysne | Sadly Lifeworks former CEO George Moudry died on June 8, 2018 at the age of 90. His extraordinary ability to connect with people means that he is fondly remembered by many. As we shared the news of his death many of the staff that worked with him remembered a particular kindness […]

Lifeworks Hastings: Connected to the Community – Part 1

Lifeworks Hastings: Connected to the Community is a five-part series highlighting our expanding community services in the Hastings area. Part 1 of 5 – Hastings City Hall When Lifeworks Hastings was searching for a community hub for its pilot program for job seekers with disabilities, City Hall was among the first to offer its support […]

$475,000 Raised at 2018 Annual Celebration!

The Lifeworks Annual Celebration, our yearly event honoring inclusiveness, was held on Thursday, April 26 at The Depot in Minneapolis. With nearly 900 guests in attendance, we honored four individuals and one business through the Lifeworks Annual Awards: Corey Baker – Personal Achievement Ajani Lewis-McGhee – Personal Achievement Lori Noland – Staff Excellence Josi Wert – Volunteer […]

2018 Lifeworks Annual Award Honorees

The Lifeworks Annual Awards celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of people with disabilities and the individuals and businesses who support them. Each year, an independent selection committee is assembled to review nominations and select winners in the following categories: Advocate/Volunteer of the Year Employer of the Year Personal Achievement Staff Excellence Lifeworks is pleased to […]

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 […]

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. […]

Newly Merged Hanratty, USI Host Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting Lifeworks

Although Hanratty & Associates was recently purchased by New York-based USI Insurance Services, its dedication to supporting the local community has not wavered under the new name of USI Minnesota.   On Monday, August 22, the newly merged company hosted a charity golf tournament benefiting Lifeworks – the third straight year that they’ve brought supporters […]

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 […]