Photo: Edward M. Frye – Director, Mon Valley Division; Leigh Ann Patterson – Transition Coordinator; Cindi Power – Coordinator of Programs

Lifeswork of Western Pa has been in existence for 90 years in Pittsburgh, and the Mon Valley Division, located at 222 Nazareth Drive, Belle Vernon has been open since 1979.

The Mission of Life’sWork is to increase the quality of life for people with disabilities, and those individuals with barriers to employment, through productive employment opportunities. Life’sWork currently serves approximately 350 clients per month in the Mon Valley with various programs such as vocational evaluations, community based job assessments, work adjustment training, job placement , job coaching and in-house supported employment.

One of the newest programs is the Pre Employment Transition Service, in which they work with students with disabilities, in 16 local school districts, to prepare them for the transition from school to work. They go into the schools and teach classes, as well as arrange job shadow opportunities and paid work based learning experiences for the students. Life’sWork depends on the cooperation of local businesses to help with all of their programs, and in addition they are an excellent source for pre-screened employees, to meet the demand for dependable and well qualified workers.

For more information, call 724-684-3630 or visit www.lifesworkwpa.org.