The Latest at Lifeworks – June 2024

Lifeworks Community,

This summer, we are excited to begin a series of Community Conversations across the state, starting in Brooklyn Park. The City of Brooklyn Park recognizes the importance of listening to people with disabilities as a part of making more inclusive communities and is funding this work in their community.

Our first conversation will be on July 31 at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Lifeworks will share about our services available, including career and resource navigation, but more importantly, the community will get to share their perspective on how we can create a disability friendly Minnesota.

Lifeworks has been a part of the Brooklyn Park community for over 35 years, and we are constantly learning from the people we currently partner with in the area. We are working together to make the community more inclusive, and we know there are still opportunities that would benefit the 5,000+ Brooklyn Park residents with disabilities.

By hosting Community Conversations, we gather families, individuals, neighbors, and business leaders to talk about disability and provide a safe space for folks to ask questions, identify gaps, and discuss the challenges they face.

We know having a conversation is just the beginning. The grant funding from the City of Brooklyn Park will allow us to provide free resource navigation to any individual or family who wants to know more about services, supports, and benefits. We will also support people with disabilities in finding careers in their community.

It’s our hope that with this work, we will ultimately co-create new programs and solutions that increase access for people with disabilities who aren’t aware of the breadth of opportunities available. What we learn in Brooklyn Park will help us on our path of creating a disability friendly Minnesota.

Lifeworks is engaging the community unlike any other disability services provider. We believe in listening and co-creating because people with disabilities have the answers to what they need and want.

Are you ready to have a community conversation about disability? Have ideas on how to make our communities more inclusive for all people with disabilities? Connect with Emma Rohrer, at or 651-332-6822.