Shaping Plans into Extraordinary Lives.
For nearly a century, Life’sWork has made a difference in the lives of many of our fellow citizens.
We champion social inclusion, focusing on the individual needs and lives of the people we work with to provide them with the training, support and education they need to advance through the phases of career development and achieve their goals.
Our Success Stories
Verna began her journey with Life’sWork in 1994 by working in the facility workshop performing assembly and material handling jobs, then she moved to the mobile janitorial crew. With each opportunity, Verna’s skills and confidence increased and she transitioned to a small group staffing assignment at the Gamma Sports Warehouse packaging tennis rackets and related materials. In 2004, Verna helped pilot a project between Life’sWork and Kennywood Park to
perform cleaning tasks in dining areas. She did so well that she was invited by Kennywood to return each summer for 15 years. In 2017, Verna participated in an assessment program at the Jubilee Kitchen in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh. During that assessment, she worked alongside a volunteer in the kitchen who turned out to be the head chef at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. So impressed by Verna’s work, the chef invited her for a job interview and Verna was subsequently hired as a dishwasher. Like all of us, Verna’s work life was disrupted by the pandemic. However, now Verna has again embraced Life’sWork in different ways including the Community Participation program. She is ready to resume a job search for competitive employment with the assistance of Life’sWork’s supported employment program in her community of McKeesport.