2020 National Direct Support Professional Week

Lifeworks celebrates National Direct Support Professional Week (September 13-19)! 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. Lifeworks joins the nation in recognizing support professionals, highlighting their contributions and efforts to foster self-determined support and inclusion for people […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

High Marks for Lifeworks Day, Employment, and Financial Management Services

Lifeworks strives to provide high-quality services that enhance the lives of the people we serve. We do this by continuously seeking ways that we can improve. This is to ensure that our offerings reflect the highest standard of service. We thank our dedicated and skilled staff for helping us be leaders of our industry.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]