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Life’sWork Program Graduate Accepts Job at Veterans Place

Category:Client Spotlight

Belva Martin came to Life’sWork last fall, seeking the skills needed to find a job after being out of the workforce for some time. After discussing her options with staff here, she discovered that the Customer Service and Technical Skills Course seemed like a good fit, a program designed to train participants to work on the frontlines of service. The 8-week training course provides a comprehensive approach to customer service and technical skills, helping trainees jump start a career. Belva graduated from the course on November 30th with confidence for the next step in her career.

In less than six weeks, Belva has already been offered a great opportunity. She was hired as an administrative assistant at the Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending Veteran homelessness in the Pittsburgh region.

Belva’s story is living proof that dedication and hard work with the right support can help you accomplish your goals. The Life’sWork staff is very proud of her and excited for her new endeavor.


If you or anyone you may know is interested in the Customer Service and Technical Skills Training Course, contact Ed O’Rourke at (412) 471-2600 ext. 218 or eorourke@lifesworkwpa.org


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MEET: Brittany

Category:Client Spotlight

Brittany Baron is one of our clients at Life’sWork Mon Valley Division. Happy and energetic, she is always willing to take on new challenges. For over a year now, Brittany has been employed at Jazzy Boutique located just down the street from the Life’sWork facility in Belle Vernon.

Jazzy Boutique is a unique place to shop, carrying quality consignment clothing and jewelry. In addition to hiring Brittany, Jazzy Boutique works with other non-profit organizations and homeless shelters throughout the region.

Diann Donaldson is the owner of Jazzy. She formerly worked as a Workforce Development Specialist at Life’sWork in Belle Vernon. Her previous work experience with our organization inspired her to become an entrepreneur and to continue working with Life’sWork to provide employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities at Jazzy Boutique.

Diann is very thankful to be able to work with Brittany and believes that she is “truly an inspiration to us all.” Brittany spends her shifts organizing and sorting the clothing for Diann and greets customers with a smile. “She is excited about work every day she comes in. It’s contagious,” Diann said.


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Life’sWork 2018 Client Holiday Party

Category:Events

Happy Holidays from Life’sWork of Western PA! Last week, we held our annual holiday party featuring music, drinks, dessert, and a homemade holiday dinner.

And as always, our clients were treated to an appearance by the one and only Santa Claus himself!

From all of us at Life’sWork of Western PA, we wish you a happy holidays!


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Life’sWork 2018 Client Halloween Party

Category:What's New

Today may be Halloween but things started getting spooky around here last week when Life’sWork held it’s annual Halloween Party on Friday.

Parties and dances have been a staple at Life’sWork for quite some time, but in 2018 we decided to kick things up a notch with a more diverse line-up of client events that went above and beyond the typical parties we’ve been having.

Thanks to the  Autism Caring Center, we were able to provide our clients with food, drinks, and dessert for this year’s Halloween Party. Our clients were also able to enjoy some unique entertainment with the addition of cornhole, a photo booth, and the most exciting game of Bingo you’ve ever seen!

We would like to once again thank the Autism Caring Center and wish everyone in the Life’sWork community a Happy Halloween!

COSTUME SHOWCASE


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Life’sWork Business Service Division Gears Up for Holidays

Category:What's New

The holiday season is a busy time at Life’sWork. Our business services division takes on seasonal jobs to help local businesses with the extra workload during this part of the year. Whether it’s greeting card mailing or calendar assembly, our clients are always ready for the new challenge.

This year, we are fulfilling a job for Macy’s, one of the biggest department stores in the area. Our third-floor production workshop is packaging the gift boxes that will be given out to Macy’s customers with their holiday purchases. Macy’s is a festive place this time of the year, with thousands doing their shopping there daily. The colorful gift boxes are a holiday staple for a Macy’s patron.

If your business or organization has an extra holiday project, Life’sWork is here to help.

Our clients can assist with assembly and packaging, and our mailing department is equipped to handle every step of the mailing process to ensure your holiday greeting cards are delivered on time. This includes processing your mailing list, sorting, postage, and delivering the mailing to the post office.

Don’t let the stress of overwhelming workloads and shipping deadlines ruin your holiday.

For more information about our business services, contact Babs Sefiane at (412)-471-2600 ext. 261 or bsefiane@lifesworkwpa.org


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Life’sWork of Western PA partners with Black Locust Lumber in Sustainability

Category:What's New

This fall, Life’sWork of Western PA has launched a partnership with Black Locust Lumber. The new business relationship will provide our clients with the opportunity to assemble Black Locust’s wooden sustainable Proflow pavers and prepare them for production at our main facility.

Black Locust Lumber is a global company focused on green materials manufacturing a safe, sustainable alternative to traditional lumber. The company has strong environment sustainability ties to Pittsburgh; other projects include the Frick Environmental Center and the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University.

“This project opens the doors to many opportunities for people with disabilities by working with companies that are focused on sustainability in the Pittsburgh region,” said Timothy Parks, Life’sWork President & CEO. “And it furthers the agency’s vision of becoming self-sustaining by generating revenue that directly supports our programs.”


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Community Engagement Opportunity

Category:What's New

A group of Life’sWork clients had the chance to help out with preparations for the Emergency Nurses Association “Discover Pittsburgh” Conference. The education and networking event was held from September 26th – 29th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Life’sWork team assembled VIP bags that were given out to the guests attending the Neon Nights Welcome Party. In collaboration with the Mercy Nurse Association and Theresa Sciullo Kaufman with Eventful Event Producers, our clients spent the day out of the building working in a lively, exciting atmosphere helping out a great cause. Thanks so much to all for the opportunity!


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Life’sWork Luau 2018

Category:Client Life,Events

Life’sWork of Western PA strives to create an atmosphere where our clients can grow personally by honing their work skills as well as their social skills. We have an in house event every two months to do just that. It gives the clients a chance to really let loose and have some fun with their coworkers outside of the day to day work routine.

Friday, August 17 was the first ever Life’sWork Luau! Our clients enjoyed not just dancing but fun games as well! We had pineapple bowling, coconut cornhole, and what luau would be complete without a round of limbo?

And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without food! We would like to thank our neighbors at  Pizza Care for donating pizza for the clients. It was so popular clients were lining up for seconds.

The first Life’sWork Luau was a huge success and we’re already thinking of ideas for the next one!


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Life’sWork Talent Show 2018

Category:What's New

It was a packed house at the 2nd Annual Life’sWork Talent Show on June 22. Clients from a variety of different programs here at Life’sWork put on an even bigger variety of acts including comedy, singing, and dancing. Many popular acts returned from last year and many new ones surprised us all. We had no idea some of our clients had such talent hidden inside them and we’re glad we were able to give them a place to express themselves.

We would also like to thank Grand Canyon University for donating food, drinks, and dessert to serve to our clients during the event.


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RIP Leonard Weitzman

Category:News

We extend our deepest condolences to the Weitzman family for their loss… Leonard Weitzman, Life’sWork’s former president and the individual responsible for our main facility located in uptown Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, June 24th. As our longest serving President and CEO, Mr. Weitzman embodied the soul of the organization’s mission and set Life’sWork on the path to helping thousands of individuals each year.

After being injured in the war, he sought a place in the community that would better empower people with disabilities to find sustainable employment; He discovered what was then the United Vocational and Employment Service.

In 1947, Mr. Weitzman started out as a placement counselor in the workshop and quickly moved up the ranks to supervisor. As a result, the operations of the workshop improved and he took on the role of full-time Director and subsequently became Executive Director of the agency in 1953. Under his leadership, we became what is known today as Life’sWork of Western PA and found our home on Forbes Avenue.

Thank you, Mr. Weitzman, for your support of those with disabilities in their search for independence, and by viewing employment as something that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve.

Mr. Weitzman retired after 43 years with Life’sWork and stayed involved with the agency throughout his retirement, attending special events or just stopping by to say hello. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered as we continue our mission of serving individuals with disabilities, a mission he felt so strongly about throughout his entire life.

Life’sWork of Western PA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life of persons with disabilities and others with barriers to employment through productive employment opportunities.