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 […]

Lifeworks 2020 Legislative Highlights

PCA Hours & Rate Increases Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) provide essential services that help ensure the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities and older adults. While their work is critical, PCAs are among the lowest-paid employees in Minnesota. Prior to COVID-19, Minnesota faced a shortage of PCAs, leaving many people with disabilities without regular access to […]

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 […]

Community Skill Building: Reinventing What’s Possible

An interview with Lifeworks Regional Manager, Raquel Sidie-Wagner. What is Lifeworks Community Skill Building?  Community Skill Building (CSB) is an inclusive approach to advancing choice and building independence. The heart of CSB is providing opportunities for people to explore their interests and develop skills within their community – that can then be transferred to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]