The Barriers that Remain Unbroken: A Celebration and a Revival of the American with Disabilities Act

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic civil rights law “prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications” (U.S. Department of Justice). The ADA was the world’s […]

Figuring Out the Next Step: Cheyenne’s Career Journey

From catching goldfish in the pond to crocheting booties for the local women’s shelter and reading L.A. Meyer’s novels, Cheyenne has always been one to dive into her passions and try new things. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, a government program designed to help people with disabilities find meaningful careers, referred Cheyenne to Lifeworks Employment Services where […]

Understanding Ableism in Today’s World

Lifeworks knows that if we want tomorrow to be different, we have to change today. We are always learning so we can continue to advance conversations about inclusion. As an industry leader, Lifeworks invests in exploring concepts and practices. We break down barriers and encourage a sense of belonging. One of the areas that we […]

Launch Day: Hy-Vee Lakeville “My Heart” Bag Program!

Today is launch day for the Hy-Vee Bag Program that supports local nonprofits! We are so excited to share that Lifeworks has been selected to be a part of the Hy-Vee “My Heart” Bag Program that supports local nonprofits, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their community. On your […]

The Otto Bremer Trust Awards Grant to Lifeworks

The Otto Bremer Trust*  awarded Lifeworks with a $60,000 grant. This funding will be used to provide skill building and career development opportunities for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities and Mankato areas. “Lifeworks has done an excellent job developing a continuum of support for people with disabilities to help them find and succeed […]

Self-Directed Services Provide Choice and Consistency

The Pathre family has been with Lifeworks Fiscal Management Services since 2009. Rijuta and Sadanand chose to self-direct services through Personal Support and Respite for their daughter, Minkakshi – or Minu for short. Prior to managing their own support staff, the Pathres tried working with traditional service providers, but realized it was not a good […]

Building a Career with Lifeworks: Lookman’s Success Story

Career Journey: How It Happened Prior to Lifeworks, Lookman Lasisi worked at a group home for people with disabilities. Some of the people he supported were also served by Lifeworks. This gave him the opportunity to visit and become familiar with the organization. During one of those times, he met Lifeworks former President and Chief […]

Ann’s New Ride to Work

Ann Haumschild, Clerical Assistant, has worked at Lifeworks for the past 13 years. She used to ride a shared bus service every day to and from work. The ride into the office was perfect, but even though she lived only fifteen minutes from work, the time it took to return home varied; this made it […]

Disability Inclusion: Diversifying Talent and Enhancing Workplace Culture

Did you know that one in four people in the United States has a disability (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)? The changing demographics of the workforce coupled with low rates of unemployment puts organizations in a place where they need to be innovative when it comes to recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees. Lifeworks sat […]

Holiday Giving: 4 Ways You Can Help

Did you know that nearly 1/3 of all annual giving occurs in December? As a supporter of Lifeworks, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities for 55 years, we are reaching out to you in the hopes that you will consider the important work we do in your year-end giving. Contributions from our donors make it […]

Lifeworks Mankato: Building Skills in the Community

From learning about what local businesses do to bringing food and a friendly smile to aging adults as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, the people served by Lifeworks Mankato are exploring interests, building skills, and giving back to their community. Community Skill Building at Lifeworks Mankato is guided by the expertise of Jody Decker and […]

From Piece Rate to Earning a Livable Wage

Since 1938, section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act has allowed employers to pay people with disabilities wages below the federal minimum wage (U.S. Department of Labor). Kirk Langsjoen used to be paid by how many labels he was able to put on bags in a given time period. He worked on this task […]

A Little Help Goes a Long Way

Karen met Moses on her second trip to Africa in 2004. She was helping local communities in Nigeria and visited an orphanage where she was introduced to him – and felt an immediate connection: “I met a lot of kids, but there was just something about this kid.” Moses needed significant medical care and after […]

Lifeworks Develops Work|Life™ Exhibit for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Held every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and brings attention to the value of a diverse workforce.   Explore the Work|Life™ Narrative For National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019, Lifeworks will unveil: Work|Life™, a traveling exhibit that raises awareness and challenges perceptions about employment experiences for people […]

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 […]

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 […]