April 1, 2021

One out of every 12 individuals in our country face some type of inherent disability that presents a barrier to employment. Within this group, 70% of the individuals have a desire to work, and yet have not been able or even given a chance to secure employment. At Life’sWork we work to fill the gap. Helping those with disabilities join the workforce is a win-win-win proposition for our community generating direct economic impact. Check out the video of Ronald and how he is
beaming with the pride that comes with securing a job! As you will see, Ronald has a successful job at Panera Bread due to his hard work, Panera Bread’s willingness to hire a great individual, and the on-going support from Life’sWork’s staff.   We would be excited to help anyone that you know with finding a career and helping to write their own success story. 

Chris Phelps, MBA
Director of Client Services
(412) 471-2600 x.330
Ed O'Rourke
Adult Services Coordinator
(412) 271-2600 x. 218
Ronald's Placement at Panera Bread
Partner Spotlights
Open Opportunities
  • Pitt Surplus: To complete the last step in cybersecurity, our Small Group Staffing teams go to the University of Pittsburgh Surplus warehouse to disassemble and recycle used computers. This opportunity involves hands-on experience in IT hardware!
  • Coen Markets (formerly Cogo's): We began with 4 store locations 4 days a week and are expanding our services to other store locations. This opportunity brings a variety of industrial cleaning techniques and practices.
  • Integrated Competitive Employment: Our job Coaches are always looking for opportunities for clients who are ready for a more independent position, working with each individual every step of the way to find the perfect fit.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Power Products (MEPPI): We have two (2) small group staffing opportunities that are out at MEPPI, located in Warrendale, including cleaning in the High Voltage division and assembly in the Transit division.
  • Facility-Based Vocational Rehabilitation (FBVR): Some of our new exciting partners that our clients perform work for at our FBVR program are: Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, All-Clad, Highmark Health (Carpet Recycling), UPMC (mailing), Little Earth, Glen Carbide, Adams Manufacturing, PH Tech, T&M Distribution , Visit Pittsburgh and many others.
Other Success Stories
  • Prinzo & Associates: Our client Peter needed 600 hours of supervised experience to be able to complete his CPA license. Matt at Prinzo & Associates, a local established Certified Public Accounting Firm, embraced the opportunity and hired Peter at his office in the South Hills Area. If you're interested in an opportunity like this, contact our job coaches!
  • TREK Development Group: Eugene was a part of our Mobile Work Crew, a segment of our Small Group Staffing program that traveled around in teams to do light janitorial and maintenance work. Seeking a more independent opportunity, Life'sWork coaches found an opportunity with our partners at TREK for Eugene to take his skills to an integrated role at their office. Our job coaches can find similar placements for you!
  • UPMC Supply Chain: Our Small Group Staffing teams go out in groups of 3-4 clients daily to UPMC Supply Chain Management in Warrendale, PA to assemble much needed COVID test kits.
Looking for a previous Employment First Toolkit? CLICK HERE to see the archive!
For more information, contact:

Ed O'Rourke, Adult Services Coordinator
(412) 471-2600 x. 218
(412) 471-2600