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with Lifetrack Resources Changing Lives, Creating Possibilities

Celebrating over 64 Years

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Fall/Winter 2012

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Generosity - what a marvelous word. It’s an act that can be expressed at any age and in any setting. It’s both expected and unexpected. It’s grand gestures and simple kindnesses. The generosity of Lifetrack Resources’ donors and volunteers continue to inspire and amaze the families and individuals who seek out our transformative services and supportive community. For 64 years, Lifetrack’s team of professionals has generously shared their talents, compassion and commitment with families, children and adults facing complex challenges—guiding them to success in their lives, families and in work.

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gen-er-os-i-ty, n. 1. Willing to give or share; unselfish Syns: generous, big, bighearted, magnanimous

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In January, Lifetrack Resources begins another year of service to the community through our specialized services in early childhood, parent education and mentoring, employment and vocational rehabilitation.

We enter 2013 with a renewed strategic focus and a clear commitment to supporting those facing the barriers of poverty, trauma, disability or isolation and to demonstrating the tangible results of the countless moments of generosity that create better lives for all. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes, TrixieAnn Girtz Golberg

FEATURED NONPROFIT TO KNOW™ Lifetrack Resources was selected as one of the nonprofits in Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ Nonprofits to Know™ video web series. This video highlights the work of Lifetrack’s Families Together Therapeutic Preschool and the impact it has made for Veronica and her son Rayshawn. View the video now by using your smart phone to snap the code to the right or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/lifetrackresources or our website at www.lifetrackresources.org


SUCCESS AFTER STARTING OVER After working in corporate sales for over 20 years, James* began battling with bipolar disorder to a point that he was no longer able to maintain employment or his career.

Today, James has maintained his employment and is ready to advance his career. James’ goal for the future is to become financially independent.

Three years after becoming unemployed, James was ready to make a change and was referred to Lifetrack Resources’ employment services for people with disabilities to empower him to find meaningful and manageable employment. James’ job counselor reassured him that he could restart his career even with the gap in employment. Together they began job searching, updating his résumé and practicing interview skills. Two months into his job search, James was offered a job as a mobile phone sales representative. After working 30 hours a week for some time, James confided in his job counselor that when they first met he was sleeping around 20 hours a day. Thanks in part to his new job, James has returned to an average sleep schedule and feels mentally refreshed.

Lifetrack Resources is a leading provider in the metropolitan area helping people overcome obstacles to employment. Annually, Lifetrack helps over two thousand individuals—immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities and those wanting to get off welfare—with training, job placement and job retention. *Name has been changed to protect the identity of the individual served.

LOCAL AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR NANCY CARLSON ENTERTAINS CROWD Nancy Carlson, local children’s book author and illustrator, who has published more than 60 books was the featured speaker at Lifetrack Resources’ annual Legacy Luncheon. Nancy shared with guests her adventures in writing and illustrating pictures books. At each Legacy Luncheon Lifetrack honors individuals who contribute to the future of Lifetrack Resources with a gift to the Endowment Fund or through a gift in their will or estate plan. For more information on planned giving contact Louise Jones at louisej@lifetrackresources.org or 651-265-2389. 2

During the luncheon, Lifetrack Resources’ staff shared items that symbolize their work. Below are a few examples. The Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar includes everyday activities that parents, caregivers and teachers can do with preschool children in their home, school and community. These activities help children learn and grow as they prepare for kindergarten. This calendar includes the Minnesota Department of Education Developmental Milestone checklist specifically designed for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. A spool of thread represents the new collaboration between Dunwoody Institute of Technology, local industrial sewing manufacturers and Lifetrack Resources. Together, we are creating certified training for new jobs in the industrial sewing industry to provide skilled workers to support this growing industry in Minnesota.


SAVE THE DATE

Date:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Time:

4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:

DS Event Center 1508 University Ave. W. St. Paul, MN 55104

A relaxed fund-raiser bound to enhance your interest in chocolate and unique appetizers as well as Lifetrack and the people we serve.

If you are interested in sponsorships, donating silent auction items, or becoming a vendor please contact Louise Jones at louisej@lifetrackresources.org or 651-265-2389.

LEARNING THROUGH ART Children in our Families Together Therapeutic Preschool learn about colors, textures and shapes by participating in a variety of fun art projects. This Thanksgiving Holiday, volunteer Kris Stenson worked with the children to create special centerpieces for their families with real flowers. Kris has been a art-resource volunteer for the preschool since January of 2012. Visit our website to learn more about volunteer opportunities: www.lifetrackresources.org/volunteer.

MORE WAYS TO GIVE We are need of in-kind donations of personal hygiene and cleaning products for young at-risk mothers in our Home Visiting Program and for job seekers preparing for interviews. Items most needed: • bar soap • shampoo • toothpaste • razors • hand/body lotion • cleaning products like dish soap and all purpose cleaner • laundry detergent Donations accepted at our main office at: 709 University Avenue W., St. Paul, MN 55104 Questions? Call Mary-Jean at 651-265-2358 3


Lifetrack Resources 709 University Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55104

WWW.LIFETRACKRESOURCES.ORG

Our Mission: Work together to develop the strengths within children, families, and adults facing the greatest life challenges. Approved as a provider by: Medicare and Medical Assistance and the Minnesota Rehabilitation Services Branch. Lifetrack Resources, Inc. is supported by the Greater Twin Cities and St. Croix Area United Ways. Accredited by CARF for Community Employment Services: Job Development and Employment Supports, Employment Planning Services and Employment Skills Training Services. Designated as an Essential Community Provider by the Minnesota Department of Health. Certified by the Charities Review Council. Lifetrack Resources values diversity and is an EEO/AA employer and service provider.

Locations:

Services:

Main Office 709 University Avenue W. St. Paul, MN 55104 Phone: 651-227-8471 Fax: 651-227-0621 www.lifetrackresources.org

Employment & Economic Opportunity

Child & Family Healthy Development

Employment Services • Job Placement • Job Seeking and Pre-Employment • Skills Training • Job Coaching • Long-Term Employment Support

Child & Adult Therapies

@lifetrackresrcs facebook.com/lifetrackresources

Minneapolis Office 2218 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: 612-788-8855 Fax: 612-788-8577 Innovative Packaging Solutions 341 Chester Street St. Paul, MN 55107 Phone: 651-290-0567 Fax: 651-290-0625

Business Services • Customized, exclusive recruitment events • Central location for recruitment, orientation and other hiring needs • Customized job retention support Innovative Packaging Solutions A division of Lifetrack Resources that provides high-quality packaging services to businesses while providing work experience for job seekers. www.chooseIPS.org

• Occupational Therapy • Speech/Language Therapy Early Childhood & Family Services • Families Together Therapeutic Preschool • Families Together In the Home Minnesota Hands & Voices A Lifetrack Resources’ program that provides parent-to-parent support to families with children who are deaf and hard or hearing. www.mnhandsandvoices.org Working Family Resource Center A Lifetrack Resources’ program that educates and supports employees to effectively manage the demands of work and family. www.workingfam.org


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